FIDDLING FROG 2013
Feb 22 - 24
Join in on our long-standing tradition of great bands, callers, dancers, food and fun.
A WEEKEND OF CONTRAS WITH
Wild Asparagus is a five-person band from Western Massachusetts. Drawing upon music from New England, the British Isles, and Canada, as well as classical sources, Wild Asparagus takes an original approach to the traditional dance music of our folk heritage. Using their unique blend of instruments, creativity, and skills, they offer a sensitive and powerful performance. Since 1984, Wild Asparagus has been highly successful in bringing their music to dances and concerts throughout the United States.
The heartbeat of Wild Asparagus is Ann Percival on piano, guitar, and vocals. Ann's playing is highly inventive while still maintaining an irresistible rhythm. David Cantieni, a wood-wind wizard, pours forth lively melodies and liquid harmonies on his flutes, tin-whistle, oboe, saxophone and bombard. Becky Tracy's masterful fiddling is that rare combination of energy and beauty. George Marshall is an accomplished English concertina player and also provides driving rhythms on bodhran and bones. We usually play with a bass player, some of our regular players include Corey DiMario, Mark Murphy, Harry Aceto and Ralph Gordon among others. George also provides excellent instruction and calling for New England style contras.
George Marshall is a full time musician, caller and dance teacher, touring
nationally year-round. His specialty is teaching and calling New England-style
contra dances he has collected throughout the country. George is renowned
for his knack of matching music to dance and for smooth, concise teaching
Carol has been calling traditional contra and square dances since the
spring of 1990, and regularly calls at dances, weekends, and festivals
all over the United States (and occasionally abroad). Since she moved
to Madison, Wisconsin in 2005, she's also been playing fiddle for dances.