Our CD JACKALOPE is available! Do you want to own the CD? You can purchase it here:
Do you want to own a pair of the shoe lasses which are depicted on the cover of the album? They are $2.00 with the purchase of a CD? Let us know.
Laces are 45" flat tie dye. Fun, eh?
A new contra dance band featuring flying fiddle & mandolin harmonies with solid foot-happy drive is coming to a dance near you. Offering a diverse repertoire based on years of playing, they imbue each dance with a unique feel... slink jigs, driving reels... with a knack for pouncing on the balances and flowing on the heys. Happy playing Irish, old-time, French Canadian, New England, and modern tunes, each evening is filled with variety and spice. STEAM! is Dave Firestine, Alice Boyle, Robert Rosenberg, and Claire Zucker.
Although these four long-time friends have each played in their own bands for years, they have taken a leap into this new cross-continental venture combining their music and energy to fill dance halls from coast to coast. Since forming in the fall of 2010, STEAM! has played to dancers and audiences in the Southwest ("Dance in the Desert" dance camp, Phoenix contra dance, Tucson Celtic Festival), in the Northeast (Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom and advanced Sunday dances, Baltimore, Richmond VA), Colorado (Black Rose Acoustic Music Society, Denver Zesty contra), and the Bay area (Palo Alto, Hayward, and San Francisco). STEAM! has enjoyed working with some wonderful callers including Lisa Greenleaf, Bob Isaacs, Eric Hoffman, and Tina Fields. Steam members have produced 10 CDs with various bands. Dave and Claire perform as a duo called Púca, but also enjoy playing reunion gigs with bands Round the House, the Privy Tippers, and New Potatoes. Alice and Robert also perform as a duo called the Dire Ducks, and make appearances with several celtic, folk, and dance bands, separately and together. Veteran performers, STEAM! members have been hired as staff for various camps and to teach workshops at festivals.
This website has all the official stuff, but join our page on facebook https://www.facebook.com/DanceToSteam to see all the candid camera moments and get to know us better. Or better yet, let us join YOU for your next dance!
Catapult is the contra dance showcase for bands and callers who are on the brink of breaking into the national dance weekend scene. There were 6 bands and 6 callers who were selected via an application process. We got to play with some top notch talent. The dancers were amazing. The rooms were filled with great bands, callers, dancers, and dance organizers. What a weekend!
Check out http://www.catapultshowcase.com/index.html
Here we are at the end of the weekend... blissed out with Rob Harper--the mastermind organizer of Catapult! Thank you Rob!