Jeff, Ashley, Ryan and Christa of the Syncopaths

THE SYNCOPATHS bring a fresh, contemporary spin to music and songs rooted in the Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions. Their sound is characterized by the compelling, rhythmic interplay of fiddle and mandolin, rich vocals, and unexpected colors and rhythms from the piano and bodhrán. The band combines Ryan McKasson's dynamic, Scottish-based fiddling, the monster picking of Ashley Hoyer on mandolin, and Jeff Spero's wonderfully inventive piano accompaniment, anchored by the driving power of Christa Burch's non-traditional bodhrán, which is often supplemented by her warm and expressive voice. The exuberant joy they derive from the music and each other is palpable and contagious.

The Dam Beavers
Ben, Ness and Scotty of the Dam Beavers

THE DAM BEAVERS are Ben Schreiber on fiddle, Scotty Leach on piano, and Ness Smith-Savedoff on drums. With roots in a wide variety of styles and genres, their music comprises an eclectic mix of old and new, familiar and unfamiliar. Let the current sweep you away as the Dam Beavers build a dam of rhythm beneath your feet.

Will Mentor

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 weekends with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprises but always delivers, all the while keeping intact his guiding principle as a caller: “It’s about the dancers!”

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Lindsey Dono delights in traveling to share her love of dance with an ever-expanding “contra family.” Known for clear, serene and sunny instruction, Lindsey draws on her twenty years of dancing and knowledge of a variety of dance styles to keep dancers energized and piqued with her sophisticated programming.

Photo of Lindsey courtesy of Sonya Sones.

Sponsored by the Bay Area Country Dance Society