Fans of mad string skills know we’re the place to go when tracking down those virtuosos of strings. Have a look at the past performers to get an idea of what’s to come:
Play the violin? Here’s a sampler of what you either saw or missed: Nordic Fiddler’s Bloc, Tim Chaisson (East Pointers), Doc Wallace (Berklee head honcho), Sara Caswell, Jeremy Kittel, Darol Anger, Alasdair Fraser, Rowen Gallant (Ten Strings and a Goatskin), Brittany Haas, Christian Howes, Sumaia Jackson, Ruth Ungar, Jason Anick (John Jorgenson Quintet), Mari Black, Elana James (Hot Club Of Cowtown), Jay Ungar, Hanneke Cassel, Winifred Horan, Emily Baker, Jordana Greenberg (Harpeth Rising), Mari Black, Mazz Swift, Laura Cortese, Mariel Vandersteel, Multi-National Champion Katie Glassman, April Verch, Pascal Mouisse, Andrea Beaton, Mairi Rankin, Liz and Yvonne Kane, Tania Elizabeth, and more than I can list here.
Cello? Also a who’s who: Rushad Eggleston, Ben Sollee, Dana Leong, Mike Block, Natalie Haas, Nathaniel Smith, Maria DiMeglio, Ari Friedman, and more.
Bass: Joe Phillips, Jake Erwin (Hot Club Of Cowtown), Simon Planting (John Jorgenson Quintet), Paul Kowert (Hawktail and Punch Brothers), Joe Phillips, Ethan Jodziewics, Andrew Ryan, Joe Arcura, and again, a whole lot more great ones.
Guitars? I guess a few pretty decent ones, like Molly Tuttle, John Jorgensen, Frank Vignola, Jim Hurst, Jordan Tice, Grant Gordy, Whit Smith, Rosie Flores, Clay Ross, and lots more.
Bands include (partial list; with over 180 different ones through the years, and not bothering to try to list them all until just now, many will be left out. Sorry!): Molly Tuttle, Seamus Eagan Project, John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, Upstate Rubdown, Mike Marshall and Darol Anger, Crooked Still, Mr. Sun, Jayme Stone and the Alan Lomax Project, Ten Strings and a Goatskin, Grada, Solas, Mipso, Mike and Ruthy Band, John Jorgensen Quintet, Matuto, Dana Leong Trio, Hot Club of Cowtown, Katie Gassman and Snapshot, Harpeth Rising, Duhks, Claire Lynch Band, Barefoot Bluegrass, Barefoot Movement, London Lasses, Giveway, Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, Gandalf Murphy, and yeah, quite a few more…
What happens when you cram 150 people for our idea of a contra dance.