Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance


Michigan Bands

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Childgrove Childgrove features Debbie Jackson on piano, Anne Ogren on fiddle, viola, and an occasional kazoo, and Martha Stokely on oboe, pennywhistle, recorder, and kazoo. The three bring their fluid, eclectic approach to the elegant and compelling melodies of English country dance, drawing on their backgrounds including classical, Celtic, jazz, Klezmer. and other intricate styles featuring complex rhythms and unusual harmonies. Hearing this music makes you want to learn the dances that go with it. The always spirited and completely danceable effects are captured on the band's two CD's, "Early Instincts" (2004) and "Wanderlust" (2008), which feature traditional and original English country dance tunes.
All three are travelers, and were the guest band for an English country dance tour to the Loire Valley in France. You can learn more about each of the band members as well as their CD recordings and original compositions by visiting their website: 33 www.childgrovemusic.com

Stout Hearted String Band The Stout Hearted String Band has provided music for contra dances, square dances, weddings and various other events. The band features the bright melodies and harmonies by Betsy Foote on fiddle, the melodious hammered dulcimer of Nora Karsch, the lively tunes and rhythms of Fred Karsch on mandolin and guitar, and the driving rhythm (and occasional hoots) of Bill Belote on the upright bass (sometimes called the '57 Chevy). Our repertoire includes mostly old-time, French Canadian and Irish music, and tunes from the New England area. The band is based in Ann Arbor and has played at various venues around Southeast Michigan. Contact us: Fred Karsch or Betsy Foote .

Golden Griffon Stringtet The Golden Griffon Stringtet is an acoustic, instrumental, contra dance band from southeast Michigan featuring hammered dulcimer, fiddle, guitar and bass. The melodic combination of hammered dulcimer and fiddle has long been a staple of dance bands in Michigan and The Golden Griffon Stringtet is proud to be celebrating over 20 years as part of that tradition. They play for square dances, contra dances, weddings and wedding receptions, holiday and Christmas parties, civil war re-enactment dances, heritage festivals, living history events, community fairs, concert performances and educational programs. Their repertoire includes traditional jigs, reels, waltzes and airs from Irish, French-Canadian, New England and Southern/Old Time sources, civil war tunes, Christmas music, traditional Michigan dance tunes, polkas, two-steps, fox trots, contemporary dance tunes written in the traditional style and a few contemporary pop melodies that they have "corrupted" into contra dance tunes. Visit their website at www.GoldenGriffonStringtet.com .

Sharon Hollow Stringband produces Ann Arbor's Second Saturday Contra Dance. Sharon Hollow Stringband is comprised of Paul Winder, fiddle, Garth Gerber, piano, Myron Grant, guitar, mandolin and harmonica, and Marty Somberg, fiddle. Each of these musicians is outstanding on their respective instruments, and as a group they bring down-home uptown with their jazzy take on oldtime contra dance music.

Golden Griffon Stringtet Homegrown Contraband is an old fashioned string band of 8 to 10 members, primarily from the Flint area. The band was formed in mid-2014 to support contra dancing in the mid and southeast Michigan area. We love playing together and enjoy sharing our music with others, especially contra dancers. We are particularly fond of old fiddle tunes and Celtic music. Check us out on Facebook and email jim.newtown@gmail.com to contact us.