Kate Barnes has been playing more instruments, in more genres, in more interesting locations, for longer than most of us can remember. She currently plays in the Latter Day Lizards, Bare Necessities, Celantrio and a myriad of pickup bands. Kate also keeps herself busy with teaching, recording, publishing music books, composing, ceramics and wisecrackery.
Eric Schedler plays accordion and piano for contra and English country dancing with Midwest-based bands the Cosmic Otters and Supertrad. With his playing firmly rooted in traditional Irish music, Eric has performed and taught at camps and festivals around the country, and currently serves as program director of the all-ages Cumberland Dance Week, a project of the Lloyd Shaw Foundation, of which Eric is also a member of the board of directors. Eric lives in Bloomington,
Hannah has been leading classes, workshops and concerts for babies and children of all ages for over a decade; she draws her repertoire from folk music and dance traditions in English and in French. A multi-instrumentalist, Hannah plays clawhammer banjo, oldtime fiddle, ukelele and guitar. Throughout the pandemic, Hannah has been leading virtual music classes for kids and their grownups across North America!
Hannah’s first CD, “Savez-vous plantez des choux?” was distributed across Ontario as part of the Early Years Literacy Kit.
Elvie Miller grew up immersed in the New England music and dance community and attended Family Week at Pinewoods many times as a camper. A recipient of the Watson Fellowship in 2005, she studied traditional dance music in northern Europe, and subsequently moved to music-rich County Clare, Ireland, where she now lives with her husband, fiddler Denis Liddy, and their twin daughters. She keeps busy gigging at local castles and teaching secondary (high) school English and Music as well as teaching classical and traditional piano and piano accordion privately.
Denis Liddy, originally from Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare, has been playing the fiddle since he was eight. He is now a primary school teacher in Co. Clare, where he also runs a large traditional music school. Since 1999, his music students have competed in and won numerous competitions, recorded four CDs and toured in Ireland, the UK, France, Spain, Canada, China, Bulgaria, the US, Australia and Sweden. Denis regularly teaches and performs in many music projects and events including the Willie Clancy Summer School,
Margaret Bary, a lifelong dancer and dance educator based in NYC, teaches English country dance at CDNY and other dance communities in the region. Margaret founded an annual family folk dance at her school, and calls community dances at a variety of local venues. She is active on the steering committee of Pourparler, a national gathering of folk dance teachers. Margaret served as Program Director of CDSS Campers’ Week from 2014-2016, where she taught rapper and longsword,
After a thirty-year career of leading traditional dance, singing and storytelling at elementary schools, elementary music teacher conferences, and CDSS summer camps, Peter Amidon has shifted into a life devoted to all things choral. He is the co-Director of both the Guilford (VT) Community Church Choir, and the Hallowell hospice singers. His choral arrangements of traditional songs, spirituals, gospel and hymns, are being sung by choruses throughout the United States, the United Kingdom,