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Corvallis Contra Weekend Talent for 2008


Great Bear Trio (Fulton NY)
As one of the hottest and most influential dance bands in the country, The Great Bear Trio continues to push the boundaries and set the standard for modern contra dance music. Multi-instrumentalist brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand are ably accompanied by their mother Kim Yerton on piano. Their driving rhythm, epic dynamics and uniquely rocking style have given them a loyal following of all ages.

Whether they are being sweetly tuneful or bringing down the house with jazzy improv, you will find The Great Bear Trio making your feet move and your face smile. Over and over.

The Kitchen Band (Portland OR)
"If you can't stand the heat, look out for The Kitchen Band." Betsy Branch and George Penk blend fiddle melodies with Heather Pinney's tasty piano licks or haunting third fiddle. Fred Nussbaum fills the out the recipe with his cello's full sound, (or adds percussive spice) and Todd Silverstein keeps the taste fresh with whistle, bouzouki, and saxophone seasonings. Because The Kitchen Band have organized themselves only recently, they have no recordings as a group.


Beth Molaro (Ashville NC)
Beth is known for her quick no-nonsense walk throughs and effective teaching for both the newest dancers and the most seasoned of dancers. She calls smooth flowing contras and high-energy, turbocharged squares. Beth's dances are always a guaranteed whoop and holler good time! Dancers are sure to leave with a feel-good dancing high. In addition to calling, Beth is a skilled and exuberant foot percussonist in the Appalachian flat-foot style.
Jeremy Korr (California / Massachusetts)
Jeremy Korr is a popular bicoastal caller, based in Southern California most of the year and in Eastern Massachusetts during the summer. A second-generation dancer, Jeremy has been dancing his whole life, and has been calling contras and squares around the country since 2003. Jeremy is acclaimed for his fun dances, efficient walkthroughs, precise calling, and community spirit.


Wayne Leeds (Eugene, OR)
Wayne dances, and so knows what dancers need to hear! He works closely with each musician to ensure they have what they need to sound their best.