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Corvallis Contra Weekend Talent for 2018


The Free Raisins (MA, VT, WA)
An energetic dance band from Boston, the Free Raisins fuse New England roots with a modern groove. They promise a versatile mix of supremely danceable tunes.Links
Uncle Farmer (Northern California)
Uncle Farmer is Ben Schreiber on fiddle and Michael Sokolovsky on guitar. With an Irish and New England sound at its core, the duo is known for its original dance tunes, modern twists on old favorites, and sets mixed with pop rhythms and improvisational flair. Their performances range from sweet and nostalgic to gritty and energetic, and their sound truly fills both the room and the hearts of dancers.


Will Mentor (Vermont)
Will Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. He calls frequently from coast to coast—small community dances, special weekends, and week-long dance camps. He takes special delight in helping new callers get started. Not only is Will technically proficient, he is adept and engaging as a teacher. He excels in building community and connecting people and doesn’t lose sight of his catch phrase: “It’s all about the dancers.” Will has called contras, squares, techno-contra and pretty much everything between. In his other life, he teaches art, giving him an excellent background for creating and calling fun, memorable, smooth... artful... evenings. A more in depth discussion
Susan Petrick (Redwood City, CA)
By profession Susan Petrick is a cognitive psychologist. In contra dance circles, she has been calling contra dances since 2000. Her greatest pleasure is to program interesting, varied dances with great flow, and to teach them clearly and concisely. She has enjoyed working with wonderful bands, traveling and calling throughout the country in addition to up and down the West Coast. Susan is well known for her exceptionally clear teaching, expert pacing, and gracious manner. Her efficient guidance makes even complex dances accessible to all.


Alan Roberts (Seattle, WA)
Alan is a fiddle player (plays with Southwest Passage) and dancer in addition to being an excellent sound man. He is aware of the nuances that make us all happy, and is able to provide a great experience for the callers, band members and dancers.