Gaye Fifer is an accomplished contra caller and waltz
instructor from Pittsburgh, PA (by way of Charlottesville, VA). An active
dancer herself, Gaye understands the subtleties of making contras and waltzes
particularly satisfying for dancers. Her instructions are clear and concise, a
talent that comes naturally because she was a teacher by profession. An easy
smile and delightful sense of humor are part of Gaye's relaxed, pleasant style
while calling and teaching.
Gaye is known as both a dance caller and leader of some fun and unusual
workshops. She’s been described (not by us, although we would agree) as “the
best waltz teacher in the country.” She has been a caller and teacher at almost
every dance weekend in the eastern US and delights dancers with her clear
walk-throughs and smooth-flowing contras.
Terry Doyle has been calling for over ten years. As a full-time educator, she is known for her patient, clear and concise walk-thrus and no walk-thrus, her sing-song style, and her energizing (flatfooting) feet! In addition, Terry is an avid contradancer and has been a dance event organizer for over seventeen years.
Playing with Fyre consists of Rob Zisette (Toss the Possum) on fiddle, George Paul (Avant Gardeners and many others), Steve Kemble, percussion. Both Rob and George are not only masters of their instruments and the art of improvisation, they both compose beautiful tunes of all kinds, especially waltzes.
You will be transported as you dance by tasteful arrangements from sweet and lilting to hard driving, rock inspired rhythms complete with Rob’s vocals. Kemble is always there providing tasteful percussive support to dancers and inspired rhythms on a small trap set and hand drums.
With roots in Celtic and Appalachian music, the Contrarians have inspired dancers from NY to Atlanta to St.Louis and points in between with genre bending grooves. The Contrarians
are Paul Epstein, fiddle and feet, John Longwell, mandolin, sax, tenor banjo and fiddle, Josh Barrett, acoustic and electric guitar, and Will Carter, bass.
Contrarians deliver hot contra dance music from West Virginia, where the traditions trend toward square dance and bluegrass. The Contrarians, however, as their name implies, are not restricted by genres: Celtic, French Canadian, Swing, Gypsy, as well as Appalachian and original tunes are woven together and spiced with Afro-pop, Reggae, blues, and other grooves.