Stringrays is an inimitable five-some of musicians with a shared interest in exploring great fiddle tunes. Their playing is fueled by a love of the living tradition of New England fiddle music and its cousins. Expect dynamic, lyrical improvisation and fresh, dance-inspired interplay.
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 surprise and always delight, all the while keeping intact his guiding principle as a caller: “It’s about the dancers!” When Will is not calling dances, he teaches art at St. Michael’s College in Vermont.
Bob Walser, Tim Reese and Pat O’Loughlin join forces for a fresh take on music for square and contra dances. Tim’s fiery fiddle and Pat’s driving banjo and concertina take tunes ancient and modern to new territory while Bob takes the rhythm and harmony on guitar and piano – and a bit of squeezebox for extra flavor!
Ted has been dancing and teaching New England Contras, Appalachian clogging, and traditional dance forms from England, France, and Scandinavia for 40 years, all across the US and in Europe. He is a co-author of several books of original contra dances. He founded and led rapper-sword and English longsword groups and choreographs and performs with rapper, longsword, clogging, Morris, and percussive dance troupes. Ted is the former artistic director of the Woven Ring English Country Dancers. When he’s not dancing (when would that be?) he runs education and diversity programs for the American Physical Society (the professional society for physicists). Physics, among other things, helps Ted translate the concept of angular momentum from a theoretical to a more practical perspective.