The Fynan family has been attending contra dances together since 2001. It seemed to be a natural evolution to go from dancing to playing. Ben Fynan, keyboard and Nanette Fynan, fiddle, began playing for dances after the family hosted a dancing fiddling workshop and received a grant from the Country Dance and Song Society in 2010 for the training of young dance musicians with Frank Ferrel. They have appeared with the Rolling Drones (Ukiah Dance), Ferrel Kittens with Frank Ferrel (San Rafael) and as Plaid Menagerie, with Mike Fynan calling (Sonoma Barn Dance, Ukiah Dance, Davis and Sacramento dances) They also play for Scottish Ceilidh dances and weddings.
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