Mary Lea launched into playing for contras and English country dancing back on the other side of yesterday when she lived in Boston. Discovering from the outset the musicians who would serendipitously become her musical trail buddies in Bare Necessities and in other bands offering up music for contra, couple, international and vintage dancing, she has ranged over and through many styles of music on both violin and viola. Known for her tone, passion and creativity with the ECD repertoire, she has played for dancers around the country, across the seas and on the seas for workshops, dance weekends, cruises and music and dance weeks. Surprisingly, playing for dancing and teaching fiddle became her day job, and she feels fortunate that that was the case. Along the way Mary has also been involved in numerous recording projects, including the CDS Boston English Country Dance series, Gary Roodman's recordings, and other projects of her own. Besides birding and reading, she has taken up painting in oils, studying Portuguese fiendishly, and helping run various long-standing dance events and concerts in her hometown of Brattleboro VT.

English Dance Week at Pinewoods

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