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Contra Dance Musicians in Connecticut

accordion banjo bass bass guitar bodhran bouzouki concertina
dobro fiddle fife flute guitar harmonica mandolin
piano piccolo recorder viola viola da gamba whistle
Alphabetical list of CT contra dance musicians and what instrument(s) they play


Accordion:
Craig Edwards (Wild Goose Nation)
Fran Hendrickson (The Reel Thing)
John Kalinowski (Wild Notes)
Norb Spencer (Dogtown)

Banjo:
Mark Bobman (Heart's Ease)
Howie Bursen (Get Reel)
Bill Campbell (The Reel Thing)
Craig Edwards (Wild Goose Nation)
Mike Fischman (Wild Goose Nation)
Tom Randall (Dogtown)
Jim Sirch (Fiddleheads)
Ken Sweeney (860.395.7505)
Dirck Westervelt (Wild Goose Nation)

Bass:
Mike Fischman (Wild Goose Nation)
Mike Prentice (Still the Homegrown Band)
John Soltys (Thread City String Band)
Dirck Westervelt (Wild Goose Nation)

Bass guitar:
Ed Dale (The Cicadas)

Bodhran:
Shaila Chowdhury (Still the Homegrown Band)
Jim Sirch (Fiddleheads)
Julie Sorcek (The Reel Thing, Wry Bred)

Bouzouki:
Howie Levine (The Cicadas)

Concertina:
John Kalinowski (Wild Notes)
Linne Landgraf (Heart's Ease)
Jim Prentice (Still the Homegrown Band)
Tim St. Jean (The Cicadas)
Ken Sweeney (860.395.7505)

Dobro:
Howie Levine (The Cicadas)

Fiddle:
June Bisantz-Evans (Thread City String Band)
Mark Bobman (Heart's Ease)
Craig Edwards (Wild Goose Nation)
Rachel Gall (Still the Homegrown Band)
Gwen Glasser (The Reel Thing)
Colin Healey (Fiddleheads)
Nancy Murphy Kalinowski (Heart's Ease)
Chris Keenan (Heart's Ease)
Mickey Koth (Wry Bred, Wild Notes)
Becky Miller (Dogtown)
Chuck Morgan (Thread City String Band)
Rachel Panitch (The Cicadas)
Jane Prentice (Still the Homegrown Band)
Stacy Phillips (The Swivets) e-mail
Willow Sirch (Fiddleheads)
Tim St. Jean (The Cicadas)
Dan Tressler (Jackson Pike Skifflers)

Fife:      
John Kalinowski (Wild Notes)

Flute:
Jennifer Cooke (The Cicadas)
Mickey Koth (Wry Bred, Wild Notes)
Linne Landgraf (Heart's Ease)
Jim Sirch (Fiddleheads)
Julie Sorcek (The Reel Thing, Wry Bred)
Nat Woodruff (Heart's Ease)

Guitar:
Bill Campbell (The Reel Thing)
Craig Edwards (Wild Goose Nation)
Mike Fischman (Wild Goose Nation)
Dave Howard (Please & Thank-You Stringband)
Kathy Lyon (Still the Homegrown Band)
Laura Mazza-Dixon (Heart's Ease)
Robert Messore (Wry Bred)
Noreen Morgan (Thread City String Band)
Norman Plankey (Fiddleheads)
Tom Randall (Dogtown)
Bill Shevin (The Cicadas)
Dan Tressler (Jackson Pike Skifflers)
Dirck Westervelt (Wild Goose Nation)

Harmonica:
Larry Boisvert (Thread City String Band)
Bill Campbell (The Reel Thing)
Ken Sweeney (860.395.7505)

Mandolin:
Mike Fischman (Wild Goose Nation)
Colin Healey (Fiddleheads)
Howie Levine (The Cicadas)
Tom Randall (Dogtown)
Tim St. Jean (The Cicadas)
Dan Tressler (Jackson Pike Skifflers)
Bill Wallach (Please & Thank-You Stringband)
Gary Wickfors (Fiddleheads)

Piano/ Keyboard:
Kasha Breau (Wild Notes)
Ellen Cohn (The Swivets)
Fran Hendrickson (The Reel Thing)
Becky Miller (Dogtown)
Tom Randall (Dogtown)
Debra Tyler (Still the Homegrown Band)

Piccolo:
Julie Sorcek (The Reel Thing, Wry Bred)

Recorder:
Mickey Koth (Wry Bred, Wild Notes)
Linne Landgraf (Heart's Ease)
Nat Woodruff (Heart's Ease)

Viola:
Mickey Koth (Wry Bred, \Wild Notes)

Viola da gamba:
Laura Mazza-Dixon (Heart's Ease)

Whistle:
Mickey Koth (Wry Bred, Wild Notes)
Linne Landgraf (Heart's Ease)
Jim Sirch (Fiddleheads)
Nat Woodruff (Heart's Ease)


Contra dance musicians by name:
June Bisantz-Evans (Thread City String Band): fiddle
Mark Bobman (Heart's Ease): fiddle, banjo
Larry Boisvert (Thread City String Band): harmonica
Kasha Beau (Wild Notes): keyboard
Howie Bursen (Get Reel): banjo
Bill Campbell (The Reel Thing): banjo, guitar, harmonica
Shaila Chowdhury (Still the Homegrown Band): bodhran
Ellen Cohn (The Swivets): piano
Jennifer Cooke (The Cicadas): flute
Ed Dale (The Cicadas): bass guitar
Craig Edwards (Wild Goose Nation): accordion, banjo, fiddle, guitar
Mike Fischman (Wild Goose Nation): banjo, bass, guitar, mandolin
Rachel Gall (Still the Homegrown Band): fiddle
Gwen Glasser (The Reel Thing): fiddle
Colin Healey (Fiddleheads): fiddle, mandolin
Fran Hendrickson (The Reel Thing): accordion, piano
Dave Howard (Please & Thank-You Stringband): guitar
John Kalinowski (Wild Notes): accordion, concertina, fife
Nancy Murphy Kalinowski (Heart's Ease): fiddle
Chris Keenan (Heart's Ease): fiddle
Mickey Koth (Wry Bred, Wild Notes): fiddle, viola, whistle, flute, recorder
Linne Landgraf (Heart's Ease): flute, recorder, whistle, concertina
Howie Levine (The Cicadas): bouzouki, dobro, guitar, mandolin
Kathy Lyon (Still the Homegrown Band): guitar
Laura Mazza-Dixon (Heart's Ease): guitar, viola da gamba
Robert Messore (Wry Bred): guitar
Becky Miller (Dogtown): fiddle, piano
Chuck Morgan (Thread City String Band): fiddle
Noreen Morgan (Thread City String Band): guitar
Rachel Panitch (The Cicadas): fiddle
Stacy Phillips (The Swivets): fiddle
Norman Plankey (Fiddleheads): guitar
Jane Prentice (Still the Homegrown Band): fiddle
Jim Prentice (Still the Homegrown Band): concertina
Mike Prentice (Still the Homegrown Band): bass
Tom Randall (Dogtown): banjo, guitar, mandolin, piano
Bill Shevin (The Cicadas): guitar
Jim Sirch (Fiddleheads): banjo, bodhran, flute, whistle
Willow Sirch (Fiddleheads): fiddle
John Soltys (Thread City String Band): bass
Julie Sorcek (The Reel Thing, Wry Bred): flute, piccolo, bodhran
Norb Spencer (Dogtown): accordion
Tim St Jean (The Cicadas): concertina, fiddle, mandolin
Ken Sweeney: banjo, concertina, harmonica (860.395.7505)
Dan Tressler (Jackson Pike Skifflers): fiddle, guitar, mandolin
Debra Tyler (Still the Homegrown Band): piano
Bill Wallach (Please & Thank-You Stringband): mandolin
Dirck Westervelt (Wild Goose Nation): banjo, bass, guitar
Gary Wickfors (Fiddleheads): mandolin
Nat Woodruff (Heart's Ease): flute, recorder, whistle


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Last modified: March 15, 2016.