Embracing traditions of the past, discovering innovations for the future, multi-instrumentalist Casey Murray is presently forging her unique musical path. New England-based, Casey is a graduate of Berklee College of Music holding a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance and a minor in American Roots Music Studies. During her time at Berklee, she worked with esteemed folk and world musicians Natalie Haas, Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger, and Joe K. Walsh, among others. Casey’s musical passions find roots in many diverse styles including Celtic,
Lexi Ugelow is a lifelong learner and lover of intergenerational community singing. She is a professional singer and song writer, and tours with groups such as Culomba, Road Dogs, and Northern Harmony, performing and teaching workshops to adults and children. While currently working towards a Masters in Expressive Arts Therapies, she is the music director of the Boston based community choir Sing Positive and founder and organizer of EAWS, an expressive arts workshop series at Lesley University.
Molly Tucker is a fiddler, composer, and educator based in Boston. While she grew up in southern California studying classical violin, she spent a great deal of her childhood listening to and playing New England tunes and awaiting the next contra dance. With a love for many styles including New England, Celtic, and Old Time, her fiddling is sonorous, yet full of energy and groove. She plays in folk duo Casey Murray &
Mog Youngberg first experienced morris dancing at a Pinewoods class in 2008. Since then she has been dancing, playing, singing, and teaching with Marlboro Morris and Sword in Brattleboro VT, one of the only teams in the Northeast specializing in Molly Dancing. The team’s unique dance style incorporates lots of singing and Mog is excited to bring this to Harmony of Song & Dance! Mog has been singing since at least age seven, in church choirs,
Crispin Youngberg grew up dancing with Great Western Morris in Devon, who taught him to dance well but also not to take it too seriously. He was twice winner of the John Gasson Solo Jig Competition at the Sidmouth Folk Festival, and now lives in Western Massachusetts, where he is foreman (dance teacher) of the Marlboro Morris M. Crispin is also an enthusiastic singer in the pub, on morris tours, and at shapenote conventions.
Evie Ladin is a percussive-dancer, choreographer, singer, songwriter, banjo player and square-dance caller with a lifetime of experience in traditional American cultural arts and intercultural music/dance performance and education. Based in Oakland, CA, Evie grew up in a traditional folk scene on the East Coast of the US, and early on was drawn to other cultures where music and dance are an integral part of social communication. Her performances, recordings and teaching reconnect Appalachian arts with other African-Diaspora traditions,
Rani Arbo is a vocalist, songwriter, fiddler and guitarist known for her decades of performing and recording with string bands Salamander Crossing (1991-2000) and Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem (2000-present). She is also the founder and director of the Middletown Community Chorus (2017-present). Whether in a cathedral choir as a youngster, playing festival and coffeehouse stages, or leading chorus rehearsals in a church basement, Rani has always sought out the radical welcome, power, and beauty of collective musical space!
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,
Mo Brachfeld is a fiddler and dancer who grew up attending inter-generational music and dance events. They play traditional and original tunes for concerts and dances, including as part of the duo Starling with Jared Kirkpatrick. Mo teaches sean nós (Irish old style) dance in person and online, and is a creator and co-organizer of Dissident Rhythms, a queer percussive dance retreat. They are also a committee member of Youth Dance Weekend. Mo lives in Western Massachusetts where they work on honing their pottery skills and expanding their collection of houseplants.
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,