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.