Miranda Weinberg (fiddle) delights in the freedom and interaction of playing for dancing while drawing on her training as a classical violinist. You can find her playing for English, contra, and Scottish dances in the Philadelphia area and beyond. When she’s not playing, she’s often dancing, working as an applied linguist, and adoring her two tiny dogs in Philadelphia.
Jenna Simpson is a choreographer known for her innovative dances. Based in Williamsburg, Virginia, she regularly calls for both the local community English and Scottish Country Dances as well as for the student ECD club at the College of William & Mary, which she co-founded. Her ECD repertoire spans both the historical and modern canons – she has called for reenactors and for the Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America,
Carrie Rose, a flutist and composer in the Washington, DC area, freelances with regional orchestras, grooves for folk dances, unfurls a luscious array of chamber music, and wails out avant-garde chamber music. At folk dances (English Country, Scottish Country, Contra, Waltz) Rose can be spotted as a dancer and as a musician who fuses long melodic lines, edgy crunchy effects, and innovative countermelodies, exploring grace and boisterous energy. On YouTube she posts flute and video concerts in nature with performances in streams,
Eleanor Lincoln is violin and viola player and music educator based in Western MA. When not teaching elementary school music, she enjoys playing for English Country dancing (including with her trio Melusine) and singing in various choral ensembles. Eleanor is often seen working as a member of the summer CDSS office staff at Pinewoods and is thrilled to be adding her musical voice to the program this summer.
Jan Elliott has been dancing and playing music for most of her life, starting with recorder lessons at age 3. Her love of English country dance, morris and sword flourished when she first attended Pinewoods as a teen, and since then she has taught morris, longsword and rapper many times at Camp. She currently dances longsword with the Vineyard Swordfish and morris with Thames Valley International, coaches the children’s rapper team Nobska Lights, and plays concertina for the Pinewoods Morris Men and Orion Longsword.
Dave Langford is an experienced and versatile fiddler and guitarist and fiddle teacher from the Boston area. A veteran of 30+ years of playing for public dances, weddings, parties and late night sessions, Dave combines multiple styles of fiddling with fierce energy and drive. He has been a staff member for music and dance weeks at Pinewoods, Ogontz, Mendocino, Augusta and Christmas Country Dance School at Berea KY as well as hundreds of weekend dance events around the US and beyond.
Jacqueline Schwab is excited to return to English Week! From the soundtracks of Ken Burns’s Grammy award-winning Civil War, Baseball, Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin and many other PBS documentaries, to the White House, to the 2021 PBS American Roots special with the American Pops Orchestra, pianist Jacqueline Schwab has evoked the American musical past, but in a fresh, personal way. She spins musical stories, connecting listeners to the many strands woven into our American musical quilt.
Joanna Reiner Wilkinson has taught English dance for over two decades. In addition to being one of the leaders of the Philadelphia-based Germantown Country Dancers, her calling has taken her from Amherst to Ann Arbor, from NEFFA to Hey Days, from St. Croix to Vancouver, and other points abroad, including many sessions at Pinewoods Camp. While known for her clear calling and instruction, Joanna loves teaching workshops for ECD callers, and workshops that explore ECD technique,
Laurel Swift is an inspiring instigator of creative new projects and performances rooted in the folk arts. Laurel has choreographed and devised national touring dance productions for Morris Offspring, co-created and performed Under Her Skin with Debs Newbold, advised theatre and film companies on using folk music and dance material, performed and taught at festivals in the UK and America, founded an organization to develop youth folk arts projects, teaches and contributes to education projects in the UK,
Equally at home on fiddle and viola, Eric Martin is a dance musician who brings joy and soulful expression to many folk dance idioms. Through the freedom and improvisation inherent in traditional music, Eric enjoys the opportunity to break away from his Classical background while playing for English country dances, contra dances, festivals, balls, camps, and concerts throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe with Alchemy, Axelrod-Martin duo, and Coincidance. Eric holds performance degrees from Ithaca College and University of Limerick,