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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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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Will Mentor

Will Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. He loves to choreograph evenings with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprise and always delight, all the while keeping intact his guiding principle as a caller: “It’s about the dancers!”

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Aaron Marcus

Aaron Marcus is well-known throughout the country for their performances with Frost & Fire, Giant Robot Dance, and The Turning Stile. Aaron brings exuberant energy, danceability, subtle lyricism, deep emotion, and spontaneity to any band arrangement, whether an accompanist on piano or clogging while playing tunes on concertina. And this can be best exemplified on their recent award-winning solo album, “Men Don’t Cry,” featuring all original music.

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Jeremy Carter-Gordon

Jeremy Carter-Gordon

Jeremy Carter-Gordon grew up singing and dancing at Pinewoods. He holds an MA in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage, and spent a year studying Swedish folk dancing at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Sweden. Jeremy sings with Windborne, a vocal quartet that studies and performs polyphonic singing traditions from the US and a variety of other cultures. He is known for his banjo picking and powerful bass voice, along with a joyous enthusiasm for song and dance.

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