CD - $15
The New England Contra dance is driven by the music, and The Moving Violations is one the most exciting drivers. A mix of traditional tunes and melodies from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe make them special favorites. Van Kaynor and Ron Grosslein, longtime fiddle favorites on the New England dance scene, lead and inspire the quintet. Their fans expect the unexpected.
Van Kaynor, Ron Grosslein, Doug Feeney, Becky Ashenden, Chuck Corman, 2001
Total Time 62:54
Along the River with Susan Conger and friends features dance tunes from the Connecticut River Valley of Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont, all written by musicians of the Valley. Susan leads the charge with her strong, lilting fiddle, accompanied by many fine musicians from the Valley. Along the River captures the vibrancy and excitement of the music in the region, as well as the fine musicianship. The Gale is a knockout!
Susan Conger, Susie Secco, Timm Triplett, Van Kaynor, David Kaynor, David Cantieni, Bill Tomczak and George Reynolds, 2000
See companion book Along the River
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Swallowtail has been around awhile, something like 25 years, give or take. Flights of Fancy was recorded in 1982 or so on LP, and then on cassette and now on CD. There music still is fresh, interesting, fun, and very engaging. This is not just a collector's item, this is a CD that you will listen many times over the years. We recently heard Swallowtail at a dance and those twenty five year old roots are still bearing remarkable fruit. This recording is shorter than what we are used to nowadays but that that just makes it more precious.
Here's a list of instruments you'll hear: fiddle, concertina, mandolin, bodhran, fife, bones, triangle, flute, oboe, recorder, piano, virginal, hammer dulcimer, tin whistle, soperano recorder, triangle, piano.
Tune time: 41:51
Musicians: David Cantieni, Ron Grosslein, George Marshall, Tim Triplett, Tim Van Egmond
The Moving Violations' newest CD features creative arrangements and outstanding playing. Included are tunes that have the Greenfield dance crowd jumping; New England contras of course, but also Scandis and Slavic melodies woven seamlessly with traditional New England tunes. Most fiddle duos just play together. Ron and Van flawlessly do harmonics, and they are backed up by Becky and Chuck's driving accompanyment.
Total Time 61:43
Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, Becky Ashenden, Chuck Corman
Here is the first CD from the Connecticut band Wild Notes. Their CD, Sowing, is a lively collection by five musicians with musical backgrounds in folk, jazz, American traditional, Celtic, polka and classical. Traditional Contra tunes are here along with Finnish and Italian waltzes and tunes from the Quebecois tradition. A snippet of Mozart's Rondo is followed by a Klezmer tune sometimes known as Dance! Dance! Tons of Fun.
John Kalinowski, Mickey Koth, Kasha Breau, Peter Delaney, Dan Hocott
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Now for something completely different! Lots of southern feel here as well as jazz and just plain creative music. Larry has written nine of the tunes here. These fine musicians are having a great time creating music together and their high spirits are catching. Uncle Gizmo, it makes me happy.
Sam Bartlett, Amy Richardson, Ginny Snowe, Larry Unger, 1992