September 17-19, 2010
Crowfoot weaves musical influences from England, Ireland, Quebec, and the Appalachian Mountains into a captivating fusion that delights dancers and listeners alike. Into this meeting ground of traditions, they incorporate their own distinctive original compositions and songs. They have gained a reputation both on the concert stage and on the contra dance circuit for their trance-like grooves, subtle interplay, and unstoppable energy. Band members include Adam Broome (guitar, cittern), Jaige Trudel (fiddle, cello) and Nicholas Williams (flutes, accordion and piano).
Elixir is a high energy dance band and caller combination that combines driving fiddle and guitar playing, and the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section. Elixir performs tightly crafted music drawing on a wide range of styles and evoking a variety of moods. Elegant melodies evolve into raucous Dixieland horn riffs; transcendent harmonies, playful improvisations, and rock, swing and reggae-inspired rhythms weave in and out of traditional and original Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes. Band members include Nils Fredland (trombone), Ethan Hazzard- Watkins (fiddle), Jesse Hazzard-Watkins (trumpet), Anna Patton (clarinet) and Owen Morrison (guitar and percussion).
Lisa Greenleaf is a contra dance caller from the Boston area known for her high spirited, witty calling and for precise walk-throughs of zesty and flowing dances. With her wide knowledge of traditional and modern dances (both contras and squares), Lisa engages the crowd with her humor and community spirit.
Nils Fredland is known for his technical skill, disarming friendliness, comfortable stage presence, and soothing voice. He teaches with clarity and calls with an enthusiasm that is totally contagious as he shares his skill, charisma, grace and goofiness with contra dancers coast to coast.
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