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Anne Ogren plays fiddle, viola, and an occasional kazoo in Childgrove. She is a full-time musician. During the day, she teaches middle and elementary school strings in the West Bloomfield schools. She was Brad Battey's first violin teacher! After getting hooked on contra dancing a few years ago, she's been fiddling not only contra and English country dance music, but also Scandinavian dance music. In her spare time, she plays violin in the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and for the Tuesday English country dance.
Brad Battey has been participating in traditional music and dance around Detroit and Ann Arbor since he was seven. His parents started him on fiddle lessons in the summer of 1984, taking him to many, many places that had live music, but some of the best was found at the dances in the area. They also found The Paint Creek Folklore Society, where he got his first "formal" introduction to playing in a dance band and began sitting in with dance bands. He began fiddling with Bruce Sagan at age 12 and is one of Bruce’s favorite fiddling partners. He can be heard on Bruce's latest CD, "With Friends." He plays New England-style contras, swing, English country, and Scandinavian music.
Brad is a member of several bands, including Dr. Grangelove, The Sharon Hollow String Band, Aunt Lu and the Oakland County All Stars, and The Olde Michigan Ruffwater String Band. He can also be heard on Ruffwater's newest CD, "Michigan Fall." He has been on staff at MDH Fall Camp and Cumberland Dance Week, where he is co-music director. Brad is the President of the Ann Arbor Council for Traditional Music and Dance (AACTMAD) as well as a board member of Michigan Dance Heritage, Inc. (MDH).
Brad is a computer geek who has found an outlet through his day job as a System Administrator for Information Technology Central Services at University of Michigan.
Chris Rietz is well known as a guitarist who's in demand as a session player. Chris also shares a love for Bulgarian, Greek, and Swedish music. He has been an ardent player of the Bulgarian kaval (end-blown flute) for more than 20 years, and continues to be a serious student of the grand Thracian style. He also plays mandocello, Bulgarian tambura, lute, and laouto (Greek lute). Chris's inventive guitar work has made him a sought-after accompanist for many popular folk albums. His work is featured on "Modal Citizens" by Party of 3. Chris has taught both kaval and tambura at Balkan Camp. Chris has frequently been on the teaching staff of the East European Folklife Center's Balkan Music and Dance Camps as an instructor for kaval and Bulgarian tambura and director of an ensemble of Bulgarian folk instruments. Chris's bands have included Galata, Veselba, Party of 3, and other bands that play exciting music that ventures across international and cultural boundaries.
Dave Orlin gave up an early career as a piano student to learn 'Daytripper' and 'Johnson's motor car' on the guitar. He was then exposed to clawhammer banjo and was immediately infected; the experts shake their heads sadly as there's nothing they can do. Complications have included the fiddle, the ukulele, and even Morris dancing, from which he's fully recovered. After extended stints with the Sharon Hollow String Band, the Broadway Playboys, the Lil' Pegheads, and the Contrapreneurs, he's currently playing with Dr. Grangelove, who are living well with their musical necessities.
Debbie Jackson plays and sings a wide range of musical styles ranging from bluegrass to contra to English country dance to swing standards. She currently is the pianist/bassist in the contra dance band Dr. Grangelove and the English band, Childgrove. Other memorable bands she has sparked include the Contrapreneurs, Great Lakes Ramblers, Contratones, and New Balance String Band. She was Music Director for the Attic Theater's productions of "Cotton Patch Gospel" and the "Patsy Cline Story," where she played the non-speaking role of pianist Floyd Cramer!
Her earliest music work was done for the National Songwriter's Guild where she recorded over 200 demo recordings. She has been Music Director at Folklore Village's International Christmas Festival in Wisconsin. She has performed in the bluegrass bands "Wendy Smith and Blue Velvet" and "Division Street."
She is a composer of tunes and songs and the creator of dance happenings like the original "World's Longest Contra Line" and many others, regularly adding to the variety and fun of dancing in Southeastern Michigan. Michigan Dance Heritage recently presented her with its first Les Raber Memorial Award, "for her many contributions as musician, singer, teacher, and community leader for traditional music, song, and dance throughout Michigan." Debbie lives in White Lake, Mi. She runs her own consulting practice for nonprofit management and is a fabulous photographer.
Glen Morningstar, of Highland, Michigan, has enjoyed teaching, calling and playing music for community organizations, schools and churches throughout Michigan, and dance camps throughout the USA and Europe since 1978. On first Sundays of the month you have found him leading the crowds at the American Contra Dance series at beautiful Lovett Hall in Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI, 1981- 2005. This past year, Glen was the Artist-In-Residence for Brighton (MI) Elementary Schools and Hope College in Holland (MI). Glen and fellow members of the Olde Michigan Ruffwater Stringband are currently celebrating their 25th year together. He has led dancing and shape note singing at Berea, Pinewoods, Lloyd Shaw, Michigan Dance Heritage, and other camps and weekend events.
Martha Stokely (oboe, pennywhistle, recorder, and kazoo) is a member of Childgrove and a reformed serious orchestral musician who now has much more fun. Her past musical experiences include playing with a teenage punk band, a Scandinavian fiddle circle, and the Mantovani Orchestra.