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Jane
Jane Rothfield (fiddler, banjo player, teacher and composer) Jane has performed for many years in both the USA and Scotland and England playing Old Time and Celtic style music with her strong driving and swingy style of fiddling. As a dance fiddler, Jane has played at dances throughout the US and at numerous festivals such as Old Songs, Champlain Valley, Wheatland Traditional Music Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Dance Flurry Festival. Jane plays fiddle with her own band, Jane's Gang, JaneBob and Great Big Taters. She plays concerts with the new old time band Red Hen Stringband and with her husband (and Coracree Bassist) Scottish Traditional singer Allan Carr. Her tunes "Too Late for the Bacon" and “Red Hen” won the coveted award for Best Non-Traditional Tune at the 2006 and 2010 Clifftop Appalachian Mountain Music Festival Contest. www.janerothfield.com
AllanAllan Carr (double bass, guitar) is originally from Scotland and has deep roots in Celtic Music both as an instrumentalist (guitar and bass) and as an award winning traditional singer. Allan combines his Celtic musical sense with his 25+ years of playing Old Time music with wife Jane Rothfield, to contribute to the unique sound of Coracree: His bass playing provides the "bottom" that moves the dancers and he has been known to taking bass solo's with the band! Awesome! Allan performs with Red Hen Stringband and occasionally with Philadelphia based Raise the Roof. In addition to his dance music, Allan plays concert featuring his Scottish Traditional Songs and tunes. www.allancarrmusic.com

BillBill Quern (banjos, melodeon, mandolin) is a dance musician, tune-smith and dancer. His father filled the house with instruments for his ten offspring to explore, so Bill developed into a multi-instrumentalist. Fiddle, banjo, melodeon, mandolin, and harmonica became his selection as an adult. He has a degree in Fine Arts from MA College of Art where he studied performance, sculpture, and instrument making. He plays for Contra and Square dances, English Country dances, French dances, teaches Morris dancing, and Scandinavian dancing; and plays for Philadelphia’s clogging group “Fiddlekicks”. He is the foreman of the Kingsessing Morris Men (eight time winners in the Philadelphia Mummer's Parade). He's been teaching, performing, and competing for over 20 years. Bill has performed in Canada, England, Holland, Germany, Hungary and China, and at many festivals and dances, and on the radio across the country.

Sarah

Sarah Gowan plays guitar and English concertina with Coracree, Rumpus, the Big Phat American K-Lee Band, Boxwood, Live Wire, Box and String, and the French dance music group Cabriole. Sarah performs with FiddleKicks Cloggers and can be seen on MindTV's "World of Dance" featuring Fiddlekicks. She teaches clogging, and traditional couple dancing and has a solid background in vintage dance from performing with the Philadelphia based Vintage dance group, Mixed Pickles. She has performed all over North America and in England.

Sarah and her husband Bill Quern are tune composers and recently released a tune book of 70 of their original tunes called "Dancing Between the Notes". They were happy to provide genre assistance to the recent publication “Rise Again” by Peter Blood and Annie Patterson. Sarah also compiled and edited “Tuneadelphia” a tunebook for the Philadelphia community band SPUDS, as well as developing and maintaining the SPUDS online tune repository, which is used by dance musicians all over the world.

www.sarahgowan.com

JoeJoe DePaolo is one of those rare drummer and percussionists who know just what to play to support the music and move the dancers to dance nirvana! He has been playing drums and percussion for a variety of top Contra Dance bands for over twenty years and also combines his passion for dancing as a caller! Throughout his career Joe has played in jazz, rock and funk bands- This eclectic musical past has influenced his current style of playing which the dancers and the bands he plays with LOVE! www.joedepaolo.com