Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Family Dance
Doors at 2:30 pm; Dance at 3 pm Tickets are $8 Adults / $6 Kids Ashkenaz is all ages all the time! Check out the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention www.BerkeleyOldTImeMusic.org Bearcat Stringband with guest caller Phil Jamison. Opening songs by WB Reid & Bonnie Zahnow. Bearcat Stringband lineup: Robin Fischer - Fiddle Robin picked up the fiddle in high school and has hardly put it down since. Her fiddling is rooted in old-time, bluegrass, and country styles. Robin gives fiddle lessons in Berkeley, and also calls square dances. Rowan McCallister - Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin Growing up with his parents' sizable collection of folk and country records, Rowan gained a serious appreciation of traditionally based music in high school, first playing guitar but soon moving on to mandolin and banjo. Rowan models his mandolin playing on the style of Bill Monroe, favoring bluesy tone and rhythm. He has been honing his craft playing in the East Bay bluegrass scene, and until its recent closing had been hosting the historic 5th String bluegrass jam in Berkeley. Rowan is availible for mandolin, guitar, and clawhammer banjo lessons in the East Bay. Allegra Thompson - Bass Allegra started out on the old-timey music path earlier than most. Daughter of local musicians Eric and Suzy Thompson, she was raised on a steady diet of American roots music, everything from Delta Blues to Appalachian fiddle tunes. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree; Allegra has inherited both her parents' love of traditional music as well as her mother's powerful singing voice. Phil Jamison is a nationally-known dance caller, old-time musician, and flatfoot dancer. He has called dances, performed, and taught at music festivals and dance events throughout the U.S. and overseas since the early 1970s, including more than thirty-five years as a member of theGreen Grass Cloggers. His flatfoot dancing was featured in the film, Songcatcher, for which he also served as Traditional Dance consultant. From 1982 through 2004, he toured and played guitar with Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers, and he also plays fiddle and banjo. Over the last thirty years, Phil has done extensive research in the area of Appalachian dance, and his recently-published bookHoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance (University of Illinois Press, 2015) tells the story behind the square dances, step dances, reels, and other forms of dance practiced in southern Appalachia. Phil teaches mathematics as well as Appalachian music and dance at Warren Wilson College, in Asheville, North Carolina, where for twenty-five years he served as coordinator of the Old-Time Music and Dance Week at the Swannanoa Gathering. WB Reid & Bonnie Zahnow are a husband and wife duo who present a wide range of musical traditions: old-time country songs and fiddle tunes, string blues music from Mississippi and Memphis, and Mexican songs and dance tunes. Both play fiddle and guitar, and WB also plays a variety of other stringed instruments. Sweet harmonies on songs ranging from poignant to humorous, twin-fiddling, foot-tapping tunes and slow waltzes, all make for fine and enjoyable music in any situation. WB Reid has been playing all kinds of music with all kinds of folks throughout the West Coast and points East for over 35 years. He is known as a fine singer, guitarist, fiddler, and also for his work on banjo-guitar and banjo-mandolin. He has also taught music in a variety of settings from individual lessons to major workshops throughout most of his career and continues to do so. WB's music crosses many boundaries and he's been sought after by top groups in several traditions and across several generations. He's played for many years with Seattle's premier traditional New England contra dance band, The Rhythm Rollers which includes the great New England piano player Bob McQuillen whenever he's in town. For the past year, WB's been the fiddler with the hottest young old-time band, The Tallboys, whose members are roughly the same age as his children. Just prior to that, WB was the principal accompanist for the legendary Alabama fiddler Lee Stripling until his death in 2009. He also plays regularly with a fine jug band, The Todalo Shakers, with his pals Eric and Suzy Thompson and Frannie Leopold, and less frequently with The Carolina Jug Stompers which includes original Holy Modal Rounder Luke Faust. Every year at Fiddle Tunes, WB finds himself in demand as an accompanist for faculty members in musical styles ranging from old-time to Mexican to celtic to New England, including backing up Tom Paley, Laura Risk, Jose Moreno, Mac Benford, Lee Stripling, Bob McQuillen, the Canote Brothers, and many more. At other events he's accompanied Debby McClatchy, Phil & Vivian Williams, Alan Jabbour, Mark Graham, Mark Rubin, and many others. Bonnie Zahnow began playing violin in the fourth grade but became an old-time fiddler after meeting up with the Seattle music community in the mid 1980s. For nearly 10 years she played with the legendary open band for square and contra dances at the G-Note and New Melody Taverns, and also for family dances and with the Mexican music ensemble "Los Chalados." For the past 20 years, she has participated in the annual Festival of American Fiddle Tunes where she has met and learned from tradition bearers including Melvin Wine, Joe Thompson, Charlie Acuff, Bob Holt, Don Pedro Dimas, and many others. She performs as a duo With her husband WB Reid, and in several other groups. She is an accomplished fiddler, guitar accompanist, and singer, specializing in old-time country music, jugband and blues, and Mexican and hispanic music, especially the twin fiddle traditions of Michoacan and the Tohono O'odham people of Arizona. Until his death in April, 2009, Bonnie also played with Alabama fiddler Lee Stripling as The Lee Stripling Trio. Bonnie Zahnow has performed and/or taught at Fiddle Tunes, Merlefest, Lark in the Morning Camp, San Diego Roots Festival, The Caspar World Music Festival, and numerous other events. She plays regularly in Seattle at restaurants, concerts, and nursing homes, and has toured throughout the west coast and in Alabama and Alaska.