2019 talent: 

Pete's Posse

Pete's PossePete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon and Tristan Henderson (Vermont).

Vermont's own trad-roots power trio! Composed of acclaimed musician Pete Sutherland, his talented protégé Oliver Scanlon and the uber-dynamic Tristan Henderson, Pete's Posse never fails to surprise and excite! Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding foot percussion with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jaw harp, rocking keyboards, and soaring vocal harmonies adding color to the Posse's sonic landscape.  The Posse's signature is variety: the band plays a dynamic repertoire of folk-roots genres; songs and tunes, traditional and original. www.petesposse.com

The Waxwings

Waxwings with Brian Lindsay

Jesse Partridge, Alex Sturbaum, Amy Englesberg, and Brian Lindsay (Olympia, Seattle, Bellingham). 

Look up, the Waxwings are flying high, fostering exuberant energy in dancers everywhere! Seeking to soar even higher at Chehalis, Waxwings Jesse Partridge (fiddle), Amy Englesberg (piano, accordion) and Alex Sturbaum (guitar, accordion, octave mandolin) will be  joined by Brian Lindsay (fiddle, banjo). Playing old and new tunes, and anchored by two powerhouse rhythm players, their joyful harmonies and smooth grooves will keep us all in flight. Facebook page

Sarah Van Norstrand 

Sarah Van NorstrandThe first time she contradanced as a teen, Sarah VanNorstrand was hooked.  For over ten years she’s been sharing the joy by organizing and calling dances near and far with the goal of helping dancers connect with the music and each other.  Her clear and engaging teaching style, her large repertoire of dances, and her evident and infectious love of contra ensure every dancer on the floor has a wonderful time. Sarah's home state is New York. 

Yoyo Zhou

Yoyo ZhouA caller since 2012, Yoyo Zhou travels across the continental US (and, soon, Canada as well!)  to spread the joy of contra, occasionally on a few minutes' notice. His clear teaching of dances with good flow and his calm and cheerful presence put dancers at ease,  ensuring everyone, himself included, gets as much fun out of  each dance as humanly possible. Yoyo hails from Berkeley, CA.
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