September 16 – 18, 2011
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Tidal Wave has combined the best of Québec and New England contra dance music and added their own hot licks to this merger of two great dance cultures. Tidal Wave loves playing Québécois traditional instrumental music backed by the driving rhythms of the New England tradition creating fun, lively music for dancing. Band members include Sabin Jacques (accordion, bones and foot percussion), Stuart Kenney (upright bass and banjo), Eric Favreau (violin) and Rachel Aucoin (piano, voice).
Rumblestrip Band members, Nat Hewitt (fiddle), Glen Loper (mandolin, banjo), Liza Constable (guitar, vocals) and Mark “Pokey” Hellenberg (percussion), describe themselves as an unruly contradance band who love to play old tunes, new tunes, weird tunes and then add other styles that catch their fancy and delight the dancers. These terrific musicians adapt their tunes on the fly to punch up each dance at just the right time. Nat and Pokey are both Echo Summit veterans, having played as part of the Reckless Ramblers. You’ll love their new band, too.
Linda Leslie, from New Bedford, MA, is known for her resonant voice, clear teaching, and most especially for her enthusiasm. She is skilled at guiding and encouraging dancers of all levels. Her goals are to provide an experience for dancers that emphasizes fun for all, and encourages a sense of community and an appreciation for our rich musical heritage and the artistry of the musicians.
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 surprises and always delights. All the while keeping his guiding principle as a caller intact: “it’s about the dancers!”