Fall Weekend Staff – 2017
Rodney Miller, fiddle, plus Max Newman, guitar, plus Stuart Kenney, bass and banjo, equal The Stringrays. Their sound is playful and sublime, raucous and tender, modern and old-school. These three players are exponents of traditional fiddle tunes old and new. They find constant inspiration in each other for lyrical improvising and interplay. Their music is fresh, surprising, nuanced, and made for dancing.
Don Thomsen, James Hunter, Rick Rubin and Morgan Andersen are Floating Crowbar, Spokane’s favorite traditional Irish band. With uillean pipes, flute, whistle, banjo and mandolin, as well as fiddle and guitar, Floating Crowbar plays a high-energy mix of Irish instrumental music and songs drawn from traditional and contemporary sources. Coming from a wide variety of backgrounds and musical interests, their passion for Irish music, good humor, mutual respect, and friendship make for inspired dancing and captivating concerts.
Lisa calls regularly in the Boston and New England areas and has been a staff member at dance camps and festivals throughout the country and Europe. Her specialties include traditional and contemporary contras, fun squares, challenging dances of all shapes and sizes, and callers’ training. Lisa likes to emphasize community and communication in her workshops, guiding participants to get the most out of their dancing experience. Her sense of humor is infectious both on and off the dance floor, and she really loves being at dance camp!