Here are the bands who play for Childgrove Country Dancers. If you know of changes - in name or personnel - please let us know!
Local Bands (two or more regular local members)
Chicory - Twin-fiddle Contrafusion
Martha Edwards and Ben Schreiber on fiddle, Michael Shapiro on guitar. Often joined by Mike Brown on bass. Ben's off to California, so Chicory is a bit more geographically challenged than it used to be.
Cousin Curtis and the Cash Rebates - Old time
Geoff Seitz and Lindell Blackford on fiddle, Curtis Buckhannon on mandolin, Dennis Buckhannon on guitar, Vince Corkery or Kathy Gordon on bass, Emily Buckhannon on keyboard
Farmertones - Old time
The band that made the big time on "reality" TV - Geoff Seitz and Marc Rennard on fiddles, Dave Landreth on banjo, Curt Buckhannon on mandolin and Dennis Buckhannon on guitar.
Folk School Wall o' Sound - Old time
Music from the St. Louis Folk School
Halcyon Light Orchestra - nineteenth century couples dance music
Martha Edwards on fiddle, Kristin Graham on keyboard, Justus Matthews on clarinet, Tim Hirzel on flute and Mike Brown on bass, plus guest artists. Halcyon Light plays for the monthly Waltz Party
Mound City Slickers - Old time
Bill Stewart and Lindell Blackford on fiddles, Bob Clark on banjo, Roy Farwell on guitar, Sean Ruprecht-Belt on banjo-ukelele, and Rich Egan on keyboard. Read more about them at http://www.themoundcityslickers.com/.
Ragged Robin - New England-style Contra and English Country Dance
Martha Edwards on fiddle, Billy Boyer on keyboard. Hear them on YouTube
Reel Women (and the Jigelos) - New England style
Martha Edwards on fiddle, Kristin Graham on keyboard. Jigelos have been Mike Brown on bass and Ben Schreiber on fiddle. Click here to hear them playing Dill Pickles, a wonderful raggy tune from 1907 composed by Charles Leslie Johnson.
Road Kill Ramblers - Old time
Bill Stewart (and maybe Geoff Seitz, maybe Lindell Blackford) on fiddle, Rich Hibbs on banjo, Curtis Buckhannon on mandolin, Jim Nelson on guitar , and Dedo Norris on bass - they used to play for Childgrove and Carbondale back in the mid 80s, and they're still together from time to time.
Sadie Hawkins Day String Band - Old time
Dave Black, mandolin/guitar, Thomas Coriell, fiddle/mandolin, Dan Higgins, banjo/guitar, Anne Williamson, bass, Colleen Williamson, hammered dulcimer - see more about them on their web site http://www.sadiehawkinsdaystringband.com/
Tu'Penny Players - English Country Dance
Martha Edwards on fiddle, Kristin Graham on keyboard, with occasional guests - Dana Hotle or Justus Matthews on clarinet, Joseph Galbraith on flute and recorder, and/or Tim Hirzel on flute.
Two Women and a Truck - Old Time
Barb Weathers on Fiddle, Tom Hall on Guitar, ...
Euphor - Old time with Cajun overtones
Matt Turino on fiddle, Tom Turino on mandolin and banjo, Sam Paine on guitar, from Champaign, IL,
The Mean Lids - Modern Contra cool stuff.
Matt Turino (of U4) on fiddle or guitar and foot rhythms, with Ben Smith on fiddle, Miriam Larson on flute, jawharp and other assorted instruments. They do wear hats.
Stringdancer - New England style twin-fiddle Contrafusion
Martha Edwards, fiddle, from St Louis, MO; Pam Carson Stoll, fiddle, from Spartanburg, SC; David Kirchner, guitar, from St. Paul, MN. Sometimes joined by Fred Stoll, fiddle or bass, from Spartanburg SC.
This band, formed in the late-night crucible of Sugar Hill, comes from Chicago, Champaign-Urbana and Bloomington Indiana - Edward Wallace, fiddle Ben Smith, fiddle and mandolin, Michael Shapiro, guitar, and Eric Schedler, keyboard and accordion.