JULIE VALLIMONT performs nationwide with the band Nor’easter and her collaboration with accordionist Rachel
Bell. She is known for her driving piano style, skill in matching tunes to dances, and music with heart. She also plays accordion for contra, English, and French dancing. Julie’s compelling, rhythmic piano style draws on her study of New England contra piano and traditional Quebecois, Irish, and Cape Breton music, along with elements of rock and jazz. A former classical pianist and organist, she fell in love with traditional music and dance, and since then has gone on to perform at numerous festivals and music camps. Drawing on teaching skills developed over fifteen years as a natural science educator, Julie enjoys teaching and leading workshops. She also works as a sound engineer and organizes the BIDA dance in Boston, MA.
Seth Tepfer Seth Tepfer is "Atlanta's Dance Magician," calling dances for adults and children like you've never seen before. Known for his infectious energy, his short walk-thru's, and his 'hash-contras', Seth's warm enthusiasm is contagious, and gets everyone moving, smiling, and having a great time. Whether squares, contras, or other folk dances, you can be certain that all involved - novices and experienced dancers alike - will amble away happy and eager to dance more!
Rick Mohr Rick Mohr's calling and choreography have been delighting dancers across North America and beyond for 25 years. Known for top-notch contra repertoire, good humor, and crystal-clear calling, Rick leads memorable dance sessions that maximize fun and connection. Rick is also an engaging workshop leader, as well as a longtime dance fiddler and singer.
TJ's high energy and solid groove are notorious for inspiring dancers and musicians alike. He has toured with dozens of contra dance bands including Lift Ticket, Dr Groove, The Hillbillies From Mars, The Rodney Miller Band, The String Beings, and The Rocket Boys with Cailen Campbell. As a session musician, he has performed and recorded with Vassar Clements, John McCutcheon, Robin and Linda Williams, and Tom Paxton. TJ has adapted the mandolin to all different styles from jazz to middle eastern. Best of all, he loves playing for dancers.
Rodney Miller was designated a "Master Fiddler" in 1983 by the National Endowment for the Arts and is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England Style Fiddling, a unique American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. He has toured the US, British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and appeared on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. Rodney has taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals, and recorded over ten albums. He founded the influential contra dance band Airdance and is presently enlivening the contra dance scene with two other hot bands The Stringrays and the Blue Ribbon Dance Band.
Jeffrey Spero has become one of the premiere dance pianists on the west coast. Known for his energetic style and creative arrangements, Jeff has brought his talents to dances and festivals throughout the nation. His accompaniments bring a fresh perspective to traditional forms. Through performances with The Syncopaths, along with renowned fiddlers Richard Greene (Bluegrass), Kathleen Keane (Irish), Laura Risk (Scottish), and Tom Sauber (Old-time), Jeff's reputation as a highly sought after pianist has been well established.