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Update coming soon!

Although I haven’t posted on here in a year and a half, I’m not dead!

In fact, I have been very busy teaching and playing violin and fiddle with lots of different people, most notably with my touring contra dance band Tunescape.

Right now, I’m on tour with another contra dance band, Confluence, and my big project for the tour is redesigning this website (an overhaul of the Confluence website is also in the works).  Check back soon!

I’m also (about a year late) working on releasing my “Traditional Music for Solo Fiddle” EP digitally.  That will be part of the new website, when it arrives.



Dates for the fall

Happy September, everyone!

I’ve added a bunch of dance and concert dates for this fall. More may be coming soon, but the weekends are filling up quickly.

I’d like to draw your attention particularly to events coming up in the first weekend of October: Tunescape will be playing for the Buffalo Big Dance on Saturday, October 2nd, and then giving a house concert in Rochester at 2pm on Sunday, October 3rd.

We’re a bit late in spreading the word about the house concert, so tell your friends and come on out to hear us!

Also that weekend, the Tunescape Trio (Peter, Rachel, and Jodi) will be playing for the Fredonia Contra Dance on October 1st.

Summer update

There’s been a lot going on around here recently, and since I haven’t been updating all that often, here are the highlights:

Tunescape’s new CD has just arrived.  For now, it’s available at our gigs… we plan to add more ways to buy it soon!  We just finished up a weekend tour of New England, and are gearing up for a series of dances, concerts, and weekends to release the album in central New York this fall.  Stay tuned for more information!

I’ve been playing my usual complement of dances with other groups (Confluence made a short trip to Greenfield back in June).  My next upcoming dances are at the Rochester English Country Dance on July 18 with Jane Knoeck, and the Ithaca Contra Dance on July 23 with O’Shanigans, which is the Grassroots festival weekend.

Speaking of Grassroots, I’ll be joining Traonach (Ithaca’s Irish Session band) for their sets at the festival, Friday morning and Saturday evening.  Check us out if you’re at the festival.

I’m currently taking new violin and fiddle students to fill open spots in my studio.  Contact me if you’re interested!

In the next several weeks, I’m also moving and getting married.  It will be a whirlwind, for sure.


Now driven by WordPress

Once again, where does the time go?

This time, though, I have a good excuse for the delay since the last post and schedule update.  I’ve just finished integrating my site design with the WordPress content management system.  The idea is that I will now update more often, since it’s much easier.  We’ll see how well that works.

For now, I’m keeping the “bare-bones” look that my old website had.  I expect that I’ll implement more of the features of WordPress slowly, as I figure out how they will be most useful.

I “test-drove” a couple of great Open-Source content management platforms, and ultimately decided that WordPress, with GigPress as a schedule-manager, was most suited to the needs of my website.  As always, feedback is appreciated, so let me know if there’s something you’d like me to add!

April News

Where does the time go?

Since it looks like this front page is now mostly a monthly newsletter, here’s what’s going on in April, in a handy listed-by-weekend format!

  • Rochester English Country Dance on April 4, with Barb Seppeler and Silvia Sörensen. Pamela Goddard and Katy Heine calling.
  • Tunescape Concert in Youngstown, New York on April 10. Information here.
  • Rochester Contra Dance on April 15 (with Chuck Abell and Geoff Saunders), and Hamilton College Contra Dance on April 16 (with Confluence).
  • Syracuse Contra Dance on April 23, with Curt Osgood and John Wobus.
  • An operetta with Women’s Works at the Community School of Music and Art in Ithaca, with performances on April 30, May 1, and May 2. More information coming!

Looking ahead, if you are a contra dancer, you should register now for the Great Bear Groove Dance Weekend, June 4-5 in Oswego, NY. Tunescape is performing, as well as the Great Bear Trio, Mark Hellenberg, Nils Fredland, and Sarah VanNorstrand. Don’t miss it!

Contra dancing in… Shinglehouse?

The highlight of my month of March was definitely Tunescape’s “Shinglehouse/Pittsburgh/Olean tour.”

Pittsburgh has a great contra dance community, and it was wonderful to re-connect with our friend and caller Joyce Rossbach. But the most satisfying part of our weekend was not playing for people who already knew they loved contra dancing, but for people who had never heard of it at all.

Shinglehouse is a tiny town in northwestern Pennsylvania, where our accordion player Rachel Bell lives. During the day, we played three school assemblies where the high school, middle school, and elementary school students learned a few simple dances under the gentle guidance of the wonderful caller and teacher, Sarah VanNorstrand. In the evening, there was a community dance with students, their parents, and friends.

The most satisfying parts were watching the high school students’ attitudes change from indifference to curiosity to cautious enjoyment, and watching the elementary school students’ natural exuberance. It was gratifying to see our music help students connect with a very primative sense of enjoyment, even though most of them may never contra dance again.