Ann Percival is a pianist, guitarist and singer, erstwhile social worker and artist. Anne’s dancing days started when her Norwegian grandparents took her dancing at the Sons of Norway hall in Brooklyn. At Girl Scout Camp she discovered that she loved singing. She has in recent years found special enjoyment teaching visual arts and crafts. She is a founding member of Wild Asparagus and the O-Tones and is an exceptional dance musician for contras,
Ellie Grace was born into a deep musical tradition and began her life-long love affair with Appalachian clogging at the ripe old age of five. She has spent her life performing professionally as a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and dancer, first as a young member of her family band and now as an independent artist and member of several beloved bands. Ellie has devoted her life to making the art forms that she loves truly accessible to others.
Martha Owen is a banjo player and storyteller, hand spinner and knitwear designer. She has always been a lover and user of personal stories, narrative tradition and songs. She has had a flock of sheep for over 40 years! Her commissioned work offers her the adventure of designing garments to fit many body types and personalities and her teaching and performing the opportunity to fit stories to any situation. She works at the John C.
Abby Ladin was raised on social, folk and percussive dance from North America, the UK and Eastern Europe, and by age 18 was touring nationally with the Ohio-based dance and music company, Rhythm In Shoes. For over 30 years Abby has collaborated with choreographers, composers, dancers, musicians (and aerialists!) on multimodal performance projects. Abby instructs children and adults at events across the US, and is known for her inclusive and accessible teaching style. She and her husband Sam Bartlett make up the rhythm section of the Humdingers on stand-up bass and guitar,
Sue Hulsether is a dance caller, teaching artist, and musician from southern Wisconsin. Since 2003, she has traveled from coast to coast to lead dances in community centers, schools, barns, and dance halls, with dancers ranging from preschoolers to octogenarians. Guided by a passion for creating positive human connections through dance and music, Sue’s repertoire includes squares, contras, circle dances, singing games, traditional play parties, and longways sets. In November, 2020, Sue released Join Up Hands,
Owen Morrison is an accomplished rhythm and lead guitarist, at home in many styles of traditional music. His playing, laced with rhythmic power and skillful finesse, has made him popular among dancers and fiddlers alike. Owen has toured the U.S. and abroad with bands such as Elixir, Airdance, Night Watch and The Morrison Brothers Band. A frequent staff member and Program Director at Pinewoods, Ashokan, Augusta, and many other camps.
Sam Bartlett is a traditional musician known throughout the US for his mandolin, banjo, and guitar playing as well as his original music. His compositions have been profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered and his playing has been featured on the Thistle & Shamrock, and in two Ken Burns documentaries, Prohibition and The Dust Bowl. Sam has recorded with a virtual who’s who of traditional musicians,