Band and Caller Bios

Jamie Laval is a nationally acclaimed fiddle player currently living near Asheville NC. An International Champion Celtic Fiddler who performs and teaches the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, and Quebec. His music has been heard in many venues around the world as well as TV and movie soundtracks, he has even done a TED Talk.

Owen Morrison has been accompanying fiddle tunes on the guitar for most of his life. He began playing for contra dances at age 15 and he is now in high demand as a rhythm player. He is also a master flat-picker, a solid mandolinist and an innovative composer. Owen has toured with Elixir, Airdance, Night Watch, The Figments, House Red and The Morrison Brothers Band.

Susan Petrick lives in Mountain View California. She started teaching and calling dances in 2000. She now tours throughout the country calling for dance weekends and festivals. She has a confident and efficient teaching style that helps make even complex dances accessible to all. Susan also enjoys teaching couple dances.

Emily Rush has been expanding the living tradition of contra dancing around the United States by calling dances to popular recorded music from a variety of genres. Contra dancing has always been danced to the popular music of its time. Hey, if its got 8 measures of 8 beats we can dance to it! For the young and young at heart. Experience this exciting new variation on contra.

Martha Quigley, Ray Quigley and Allison Hicks join us from Dallas. Martha has been calling and organizing English and contra dances for many years. Ray and Allison are accomplished musicians on the fiddle and piano, respectively.


Ben Hur Shrine Ballroom
7811 Rockwood Lane
Austin, TX 78757

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