Benedict Gagliardi is a Providence-based singer and multi-instrumentalist. He most often wields an Anglo concertina and tenor guitar to play dance tunes and accompany songs in his own eclectic New England style. Benedict is an avid researcher of old songs (especially about Rhode Island and insects) and enjoys the thrill of revitalizing obscure material from field recordings and old books. As a song-centric duo, The Vox Hunters, he performs around New England with his partner Armand Aromin,
Elias Alexander is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and actor, and is one of a handful of musicians from the US who are on the forefront of creativity within contemporary Celtic music. He graduated from Middlebury College in 2013 with a BA in music. Since then he has composed for, lead, and toured with several bands including Soulsha, an eight-piece Afro-Celtic Funk band, and The Bywater Band, an innovative Celtic ensemble. He also plays with other bands including Fàrsan,
I-SHEA is an eclectic ARTist and musician aka ‘The Original Jewminican’ who comes from the source of hip hop and raised in the sauce of merengue, bolero, rumba, salsa, reggae, nyabinghi, r&b, soul, and west african rhythms. I-SHEA has lit up the east/west coast USA, Canada, Latin America, The Caribbean, and Africa, performing at legendary venues like Daniel Sorano National Theatre of Dakar, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Apollo in Harlem. She has opened up for Dead Prez,
Angela DeCarlis is a visual artist and musician from North-Central Florida. They learned to call contra dances in 2012 while attending art school in Philadelphia, and took those skills with them to Boston where they served as a board member of Boston Intergenerational Dance Advocates (BIDA) for five years. During this period of time, Angela took to drawing live musicians at every opportunity as a way of participating at dances when their body needed to rest.
Founder of the world beat band The Gaslight Tinkers, Peter Siegel contributes a radical chord to American Roots music. Influenced by the songwriting of Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs, dixieland, old time fiddle tunes and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, Peter’s music defies categorization.
Raised a red diaper baby in New York, Peter has made Vermont his home for the last 20 years. He’s shared the stage and been mentored by folks like Pete Seeger,
When not playing double bass with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Jensen plays piano, recorder, whistle and ocarina for dance events, as well as composing tunes in many genres. At least a dozen choreographers have used his tunes for English country dances. Many of his original compositions and arrangements have been performed by the BSO and other ensembles. He was bitten by the songwriting bug in grade school, and has written music and/or lyrics for a large body of songs,
Nicole Singer is a musician, teacher, organizer, dancer, and artist living in western Massachusetts. She is delighted to return to Pinewoods to lead the Song Organizers’ Intensive! Nicole is a co-founder and organizer of Youth Traditional Song Weekend, co-author of CDSS’s Folk Sing Starter Kit (with Julia Friend), and the chairwoman of folk music and song programming for NEFFA. As an organizer, Nicole loves geeking out about fostering intergenerational community and making sessions welcoming and enjoyable for all,
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 choruses to shape note conventions. She also organizes singing events including Youth Traditional Song Weekend, and participates in community conversations about racist and misogynist content in traditional songs. A morris dancer for over twenty years, Chris currently dances with the Marlboro Morris M in Western Mass.
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,
Rachel Bell is an accordion player, tunesmith, and music teacher based in Brattleboro, VT. She is in demand throughout the US and beyond for concerts, contra dances, English country dances, French dances, and workshops. She has spent nearly two decades exploring the wide range of sounds and moods of the accordion, always striving to connect with the audience, propel the dance, and evoke emotion. She draws her greatest inspiration from ensemble work with her bandmates Karen Axelrod,