In addition to our many fine Michigan musicians and dance leaders, we have...
The O'Schraves (The O'Gorman/Schryer/Lefebvre Family) brings you entertainment that is joyous, skillful, inspiring, and fun. Two of Canada's finest traditional musicians, Julie Schryer (Pierre Schryer Band, Brian Pickell Band), on piano, and Pat O'Gorman (Rare Air, Brian Pickell Band), on bagpipes, Irish flute and tin whistle, are ably assisted by the younger members of the family, Benoit Schryer Lefebvre, 20, (2011 and 2012 winner of the 18-and-under Pembroke Fiddle Contest) on fiddle, tin whistle and vocals; Zach Schryer Lefebvre, 24, on his own handmade guitar as well as cello, tin whistle, piano and vocals; and Áine Schryer O'Gorman, 12, (2012 winner of the 9-and-under Pembroke Fiddle Contest) on fiddle, stepdancing, tin whistle, and vocals. The O'Schraves received the New Emerging Artist Award by liveireland.com and Best New Group from the Chicago Irish American News for 2014. Once you have danced to their rock-solid groove, you'll rave for the O'Schraves! Learn more at http://algomatrad.ca/the-o-schraves/ .
Bev has been addicted to all things contra since 1996. Not long afterwards, she made her debut as a caller for a group of drunken students in a college pub in Toronto! Seeing that things went much better than anticipated that night, she decided to keep at it. Since then, Bev has been in demand as a regular caller in her home town, and as caller at dance weekends and dance camps across Canada, and the US. From a small family dance to a large New Year's Eve dance, communities seek her out to provide a great experience for their dancers. She's called at the New England Folk Festival since 2004 and she has also called dances in New Zealand in 2010 and in Denmark in 2014. In 2006, Bev picked up the banjo and knew it was a match made in heaven. She's been playing old-time claw hammer style since then and attends Appalachian festivals and camps regularly.
From Ontario, Canada, Cathy is an internationally-known dance instructor, choreographer and historian. She returns to teach couples and vintage dance and to host the ever-popular Cathy's Lounge.