Brendan Taaffe

Brendan TaafeBrendan Taaffe is a musician, composer, and crankie artist based in southern Vermont. Well-known throughout Europe and the US as a songleader, Brendan has worked extensively with Village Harmony and with Natural Voice choirs in the UK. He is the director of The Bright Wings Chorus, an ensemble focused on his original compositions, and a founding member of the Waxwing Four, a jubilee gospel quartet. As an artist, he focuses on crankies,

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Chris Bracken

Chris Bracken

Some of Chris Bracken’s earliest memories are of falling asleep to the sounds of a pub sing around her. A reluctant singer at first, she now raises her voice regularly from morris chorus to shape note convention. She also organizes singing events including Youth Traditional Song Weekend, and participates in ongoing community conversations about racist and misogynist content in traditional songs. A morris dancer for over twenty years, Chris is currently squire of the Rock Creek Morris Women in Washington, Read More

Lauren Breunig

Lauren BreunigLauren Breunig grew up steeped in folk music and dance: attending Family Week at Pinewoods, singing Shape Note music in friends’ living rooms, contra dancing often and energetically, and touring with Village Harmony singing camps. She is also a founding member of Windborne, a Vermont-based folk band that specializes in traditional vocal music from the US and around the world. When she’s not making music, Lauren works as a circus artist and instructor, performing aerial fabric,

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Armand Aromin

Armand Aromin

Armand Aromin is a musician, percussive dancer, and violin maker based in Providence, Rhode Island. Primarily a fiddler of the Irish persuasion, he enjoys things unconventional. Singing and fiddling? An Irish Anglo approach on the English concertina? Clawhammer ukulele? Charleston steps? Yes, please! As one-half of the The Vox Hunters, he is often seen spreading the good word of Rhode Island music alongside his partner, Benedict Gagliardi. As a quarter of The Ivy Leaf it’s the same story,

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Noah VanNorstrand

Noah VanNorstrandNoah VanNorstrand’s driving fiddle, feet and mandolin have been a rhythmic powerhouse behind some of the most popular dance bands of the last decade including Great Bear, Buddy System, Wake Up Robin and The Faux Paws.  He has performed all over North America at nearly two hundred different dance weekends, folk festivals and music camps.  His musicianship is deeply compelling and virtuosic but difficult to define; freely blending traditional folk genres such as Celtic and Old-time Applachian fiddling with elements of rock,

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Julie Vallimont

Julie Vallimont performs nationwide on piano and accordion for contra dances, English and Scottish dance, French bal folk, and concerts. She is known for her sensitive accompaniment, skill in matching the music to the dance, and music with heart. Drawing on teaching skills developed over fifteen years as a natural science educator, Julie enjoys leading workshops and teaching. She is also an experienced live sound engineer. When she has time, she makes crankies,

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Melissa Running

Melissa Running discovered folk dance in college (PE credit! With music!) and hasn’t stopped since. She plays piano for English, Scottish, and contra, plays nyckelharpa for English and Scandinavian dance and the occasional concert, and calls English across the country, most often locally in the suburbs of DC, Maryland side. Aside from music and dance activities, she works at linguistic precision as a technical writer and editor, and knits with the zeal of the newly converted.

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Sue Rosen

Sue Rosen has been dancing all of her life and attended her first callers workshop at Campers’ Week at Pinewoods in 1989. Since then she’s become one of New England’s favorite callers and has written contras that have become part of the standard repertoire of dance callers across the country and overseas.

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