Band and Caller Bios

Lauded as "sparkling" and "exhilarating", NOTORIOUS musicians Eden MacAdam-Somer, Larry Unger and Sam Bartlett present a thrilling musical experience in genres that span many continents. Seasoned dancers know Larry Unger not only as a performer who sparks nationally renowned bands but also the composer of countless fiddle tunes and lilting waltzes. Declared “guitar genius” by Sing Out Magazine, Unger joins with “rabid” mandolinist Sam Bartlett and “demon fiddler” Eden MacAdam-Somer to push the envelope towards swing, blues and Gypsy modes.

NOTORIOUS has been a featured ensemble at such festivals as Falcon Ridge, Wheatland, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Eastbourne International Festival, the Savannah Folk Festival, Pinewoods, and the Augusta Music Festival. Notorious has also performed at the Kennedy Center of Washington D.C., on the Evening Under the Stars Concert Series at Southshore Conservatory of Hingham, Massachusetts, and for the Multi-educational Cultural Center for the Arts of Houston, Texas, and frequently dedicates time to performances and educational programs in schools. The band has also toured extensively, across the entire East and West coasts of the United States, to Alaska, and England. In addition to solo concerts, Notorious frequently works with orchestral ensembles, performs for folk and swing dances, teaches workshops, and participates in musical film collaborations.

At home in the worlds of both classical and popular music, Eden MacAdam-Somer is one of the most exciting and versatile young violinists and singers performing today. She has been a featured soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras, jazz and swing bands, bluegrass, DAWG and American folk groups. Eden is also well-versed in the music of other cultures, including Irish music, Eastern-European music, and European music from the Medieval and Renaissance periods. She has been an artist at the Aspen and Beijing International Music festivals, soloist at Texas and Wimberly jazz festivals, performer at Texas and St. Louis Renaissance fairs, and has appeared on numerous recordings in folk, rock, jazz, and classical genres. She holds a BM and MM in music performance from the Moores School of Music (University of Houston) and the Shepherd School of Music (Rice University), respectively.

Larry Unger has been a full time musician since 1984 and has presented a diverse range of musical performances across the United States, Europe, and Scandinavia. Titled “master guitarist” by Dirty Linen, Unger has played with many top contra dance bands and has accompanied such fiddlers as Judy Hyman, Matt Glaser, and Lissa Schneckenburger. Larry’s original waltzes and fiddle tunes have been played and recorded by musicians around the world and can also be heard in the Ken Burns documentary, Our National Parks. Initially studying blues guitar with Etta Baker and John Jackson, and later taking up the banjo and bass, Unger has become one of the most sought after rhythm players in the country. He has a great breadth of understanding of traditional music to complement his considerable technical proficiency and enjoys telling stories about the origins of his music and the people who taught him.

Mandolinist Sam Bartlett has been playing music since he was 9, beginning with illfated adventures with the jaw harp and drumsticks, and finally settling into the mandolin, tenor banjo, and still, indeed, the jaw harp. He plays with Notorious and the Monks, and occasionally with other contra dance bands around the country. Sam also recently signed a book deal with Workman Publishing and his Best of Stuntology book is now available in stores all across America. When he’s not on the road Sam is home with his family in Bloomington, Indiana, torturing them with banjo tunes and teaching his children new stunts.

Will Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. He loves to choreograph evenings with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprise and always delight. All the while, keeping intact his guiding principle as a caller: "It's about the dancers!" Since 1995, Will has called all over the United States, Canada, and Denmark including various weeks at Pinewoods, BACDS American Week in California, and Tommerup Contra Dance Weekend in Denmark. He has led many calling workshops including weeklong calling workshops at Augusta Dance Week and Ashokan Northern Week.

Chris Peterson and Nathan Quiring from Lost & Nameless with Carolyn Kendrick from The Page Turners will be the band for Saturday afternoon. The son of a dance caller, Chris started fiddling for dances around age seven and has since fiddled for hundreds more with a variety of callers across the USA and parts of Europe. Nathan and Chris helped to form the Austin fiddle-driven folk rock band Lost & Nameless who incorporate dance tunes into their repertoire and thus spawned Nathan's curiosity and pursuit of dance piano accompaniment. Chris and Carolyn met at fiddle camps, and now that she has moved to Austin, they have more opportunities to play tunes together. Carolyn is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, an active part of Berklee's American Roots program, and a 2015 Freshgrass Fiddle Competition finalist. Chris, who will be fiddling and adding some percussive touches (or stomps), also performs as a member of Chalkboard Poets. Nathan, who will be tickling the ivories and maybe squeezing the accordion on a few numbers, also plays with Golden Lights. Carolyn will be joining on fiddle and guitar, and her band is The Page Turners. We look forward to sharing our rhythms, melodies, harmonies, and energy with you!

Forever in pursuit of "contra bliss,” Ann Jenneman has been dancing and calling in Austin since 1996. Ann has a fun and easy style. Her favorite dances have novel and interesting moves that flow so effortlessly that they seem to "carry the dancers along for the ride." She is ready to treat you to some of these challenging dances that are sure to excite and delight you.

 
Austin Sports Center South

425 Woodward St.
Austin, TX 78704

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We have a great new location, Austin Sports Center, a spacious 3 volleyball court, with a wooden floor, good acoustics, just south of downtown (across the street from St Edwards University)

The Austin Sports Center South is a state of the art facility with many amenities conveniently located 10 minutes from downtown Austin and 7 miles from Austin Bergstrom International Airport. The recreational space has two 10,000 square ft gym. The mezzanine level has over 3,000 square foot of spectator space overlooking the gyms with chairs, tables, counters on rails, free internet access, and a concession stand. Includes 100 on site parking spaces with other satellite parking available upon request within walking distance.