FIDDLING FROG 2014
Feb 21 - 23
Join in on our long-standing tradition of great bands, callers, dancers, food and fun.
A WEEKEND OF CONTRAS WITH
The GREAT BEAR TRIO
As one of the hottest and most influential dance bands in the country, The Great Bear Trio continues to push the boundaries and set the standard for modern contra dance music. Multi-instrumentalist brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand are ably accompanied by their mother Kim Yerton on piano. Their driving rhythm, epic dynamics and uniquely rocking style have given them a loyal following of all ages.
Steve Zakon-Anderson has been calling contras, teaching couples dance, and leading workshops for callers for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida and practically everywhere in between, including Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, Lady of the Lake, Augusta and Brasstown. His own dance compositions are well known to dancers and other callers, and he weaves them into his program along with other contemporary and traditional favorites. Steve's clear teaching, precise calling and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.
Joyride is a contra dance band of friends from Portland, Oregon, playing for contra dances, dance camps, weekends and festivals. Known for tight ensemble work, skilled play, inventively arranged tune sets and fun energy, Joyride features great melodies and harmonies over strong, sweet rhythms. George Penk's propulsive, soaring fiddle joins Erik Weberg's deft flute, harmonica, & bombarde, Sue Songer's heartbeat piano and Jeff Kerssen-Griep's muscular guitar and percussion to play dance tunes from the British Isles, New England, Appalachia, and French Canada, as well as close to home and surprising points beyond.