Angela DeCarlis

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.

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Peter Siegel

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,

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Jonathan Jensen

A camper leads a songWhen 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,

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Nicole Singer

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,

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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 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.

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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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Rachel Bell

Rachel Bell

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,

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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

A leading caller of contras, squares, English country dance and family dance programs, Sue Rosen has been actively calling for 30 years in the Boston area, across the country, and overseas. She has built a collection of great dances and has written contras that have become part of the standard repertoire of dance callers across the contradance world.  Her speedy and encouraging walk-throughs will have you cruising through dance after wonderful dance.

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Bruce Rosen

Bruce Rosen has been part of Boston’s contra and English country dance community since the mid-70s as a dancer and musician. His rock solid piano and guitar accompaniment is sought after by many of New England’s best contra dance musicians. Bruce also plays piano for English country dancing, appearing frequently in Jamaica Plain (MA), as well as other New England venues. As part of Boston’s traditional music scene, he plays guitar at Irish sessions and in performance with the West Newton Ceili Band,

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