Contra Sutra is a groovy folk dance band from the Pacific Northwest. Kind of an all-star team, featuring members of the well-known bands KGB, The Syncopaths and Lift Ticket among many others. Rave reviews have followed their Contra and English Country dances up and down the West Coast.
Marni Rachmiel on sax & flute, Brandon Shane Vance on fiddle, Dave Bartley on guitar, and Ness Smith-Savedoff on percussion.
Wes Maluk and David White
The Redbud Ramblers are Wes Maluk (guitar, tenor banjo, bodhran and dumbek) and David White (Fiddle, banjo and jaw harp). This high-energy band has roots in old time Appalachian music and Celtic music with several original banjo and fiddle tunes that don’t always resemble either of those genres.
Wes has played mostly Celtic in his other bands, as reflected in his guitar style that varies from nuanced and flowing to hard driving rhythms. He also plays a mean tenor banjo and last but not least, he can step up the groove with Bodhran and dumbek.
David is rooted in old time (= rock n roll) and is known for his driving style on fiddle and banjo, playing a mix of old time, other traditional tunes and several originals. He also periodically fills the room with the groovy sound of his jaw harp. The fusion of music genres and powerful, grooving playing styles result in a combination that makes dancers happy! Did I mention they like to sing too?
Weogo has been involved in contra dancing as a dancer and sound engineer for over 25 years, providing great sound for HMFS, Old Farmers Ball, previous Moondances as well as other events and dance weekends including LEAF for many years. His expertise, experience and dedication to quality sound is simply awesome.
Lisa Greenleaf calls regularly in the Boston and New England areas and has been a staff member at dance camps and festivals throughout the country and beyond. Her specialties include traditional and contemporary contras, fun squares, challenging dances of all shapes and sizes, and callers’ training.For Lisa, it’s all about the fun of a community dancing together.
Cis Hinkle has delighted contra and square dancers since 1985 with her skilled teaching, welcoming manner, playful enthusiasm, and masterful selection of dances. She is in great demand at music and dance festivals all over the US, England, and Denmark.When not on the road, Cis teaches t'ai chi classes in her native Atlanta, Georgia.