The Musicians




Art Bryan

(tenor banjo, melody banjo, 5-string banjo, mandolin and guitar)

Art has been playing contra dance, Celtic and old time string band music since 1964 and has performed and recorded with many groups including the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra, Strathspey, String Theory and the Bound to Have a Little Fun Stringband. In January of 2007 Art lost the index and middle fingers of his left hand in a workshop accident and on this CD plays with only the ring finger and pinky on his left hand. Never shrinking from a challenge he is currently learning to play fiddle, guitar, mandolin and tenor banjo left handed. A retired Library Director, he and his wife Laurie are maple sugar farmers in Hancock, NH.

George Fowler

(fiddle)

George studied classical violin as a youngster but started fiddling in the late 1970s, learning tunes from lobsterman & dance fiddler Albert Collins of South Blue Hill, Maine. In 1981 he became a founding member of Oakum Bay String Band which anchors the first-Saturday dance in Blue Hill (est. 1975), the longest-running contradance in Maine. George has a strong interest in Irish traditional music, plays with the Maine trio Feckless,†and is host and programmer of "New Potatoes", a Celtic music show heard weekly on WERU-FM (www.weru.org). A happily retired pharmacist, he and wife Pat live in Brooklin, ME.

Jeremiah McLane

(piano, accordion, harmonica - vol 2)

Composer, accordionist and pianist Jeremiah McLane offers a unique blend of Franco-American, Celtic, jazz, and roots influenced music that is at once exuberant and introspective, tender and passionate. In 2005 he started the Floating Bridge Music School, where he teaches traditional and contemporary music. He is a faculty member at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, NY, and also teaches at various summer music camps including Ashokan Fiddle & Dance, Augusta Heritage Arts Center, Centrumís American Festival of Fiddle Tunes and Maine Fiddle Camp. He is a member of the Clayfoot Strutters, Le Bon Vent, and the popular New England folk trio, Nightingale. He lives in Sharon, VT.


Surya Mitchell

(piano, shakers - vol 1)

Descended from a New England, silent-movie pianist grandmother, Surya started playing piano on the old upright stashed in the basement with less than the 88 keys in good working order. She developed her contradance chops playing for dances with the Oakum Bay String Band when she lived in Blue Hill, Maine. She is now one-fourth of the Maine womenís folk quartet Ladies of the Lake (www.ladiesofthelakemusic.com). Surya holds a degree in music education and teaches piano and preschool music classes in Bangor where she lives with her family.

Fred White

(guitar, percussion)

Fred's musical debut occurred on the floor of his parents' kitchen, surrounded by pots and pans, long before he ever heard of Ginger Baker or Gene Krupa. For the most recent 30 years he has been performing and recording oldtime, string band, hillbilly, rockabilly, blues, bluegrass, jazz, swing, minstrels, ragtime and Americana music. His trio, Waxlips, made award winning waves in NC in the mid-80's and he was a founding member the popular PA-based contradance band, Dr. Twamley's Audio Snakes, and the Celtic band Culture Clash. He presently works with Maine conflagrations Frigate, Catharsis, Hay 44, Bondeaux Redux and Improvox. Fred is a clinical psychologist who lives with his family in Augusta, Maine.