|Jon Berger (fiddle, melodeon, concertina)||Charlie Hancock (piano, accordion)|
|Jim Oakden (winds and strings)||Shira Kammen (fiddle)|
|Allen Dodson (melodeon and hurdy-gurdy)|
and from St. Paul, Minnesota
|Amy Sandeen (bass, feet)||Erik Peterson (guitar, bouzouki, banjo)|
|The Rev. Big Tim Reese (fiddle)||Andrea Earley (fiddle, bodhran)|
|David Heiser (percussion, guitar, and other fancy stuff)|
|Follow this link to the band's home page!|
A major Midwestern contra figure, Carol hails from Minneapolis. She's a CDSS Board member, a dance composer, and a lot of fun. Carol has toured extensively, and called very successful dances at NEFFA, and been the guest caller at the BACDS No Snow Ball.
Local caller makes good! Alisa started her country dance career in the Bay Area, where she has been an English dance caller, foreman of Mayfield Morris & Sword, co-programmed Fall Weekend in 1996 and 1997 and programmed English Week in 1997 and 1998. Now based in Boulder, Colorado, Alisa has been tapped by CDSS to program the Buffalo Gap Dance Week. She's a warm, friendly, and musical teacher, and we're lucky to have her back for a visit.
Nan's cozy, lucid teaching style and excellent choice of new and old dances have helped make the Portland English Ball one of the most popular on the West Coast. She knows how to choose and call contras, too, and has done so at the "Lady of the Lake" camp.
Jocelyn is Fore of Goat Hill Morris, and has danced with Berkeley, Mayfield, and Lemon & Capers in Boston. An editor of the American Morris Newsletter, she is one of the very few people to have done graduate work in morris dance. As such, she's particularly well-suited to teach the styling of different Cotswold traditions, and to offer her 'Spotter's Guide to Ritual Dance', which enables you to identify different kinds of dance traditions. Jocelyn co-programmed Fall Weekend in 1996 and 1997, and will be programming Mendocino English Week in 2001.
Jocelyn was unfortunately felled by flu and was unable to attend camp. Her classes were taken over by Bob Fraley (longsword), Alisa Dodson and Kalia Kliban (morris); we hope to have her spotter's guide at a future Fall Weekend.
Amy is a teacher, artist, and performer who has danced with the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers for four years. She teaches Appalachian clogging and body rhythm techniques with style, patience, and energy, and has done so at festivals in Sweden, Massachussetts, Kentucky, and across the Midwest.
Bob Fraley is best-known in BACDS as the long-time caller of the Palo Alto English dance, but he has a national reputation as a leader of Scandinavian couple-dancing, and we'll see that side of his talents this weekend, in partnership with the Scandi music skills of Pig's Eye Landing.
Allen, who has played for such teams as Ann Arbor Morris and Mayfield Morris & Sword, gets more lift and drive out of a melodeon than many experienced players might think possible. Both experienced and aspiring morris musicians can benefit from his wisdom on this topic.
At previous Fall Weekends, Craig has made fabulous music with accordion and piano for contradancing, English country dancing, and ritual dance. Now he'll use his voice as well. Craig's repertoire ranges from sea chanteys to Gregorian chant, and he's sure to run an inclusive, joyful singing program.
Shira's fiddling was a hit at English Week in 1999, and has been a highlight of many Christmas Revels shows. She has a degree in music from UC Berkeley. She is a member of Ensembles Alcatraz, Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings. She has performed and taught around the US and the world, and is at home in many musical genres, including English and Breton.
Jon's fiddle and melodeon have propelled a lot of dancing in the Bay Area. A longtime musician for Berkeley Morris (and now for Apple Tree), he's played for English country dancing both for BACDS and for the Renaissance Faire, done a stint in the Celtic rock band Tempest, and sung with Cyderman's Fancy. His wicked sense of humor has made him a familiar name on the Internet Morris Dance Discussion List. Jon has played for English and Scandinavian dance at Fall Weekend in prior years. Follow this link to Jon's home page.
Jim's gone through a succession of musical stages, from early music to traditional. Jim has been a staff musician at many West Coast camps including Fall Weekend, both by himself and as part of the GUPpies, and is currently active as a musician for English country dances, contras, Irish and Cape Breton sessions and dances from Brittany  . Jim led the band for this year's Playford Ball.
Charlie's piano and accordion are familiar sounds at BACDS dances. He plays for English, contra, and Scottish country dancing, and plays a bit of jazz for fun. His main band these days, the Contrabandits, have been Fall Weekend favorites in recent years.
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