Pete Sutherland is a warm voiced singer, songsmith and accomplished multi-instrumentalist, known equally for his potent originals and his intense recreations of age old ballads and fiery fiddle tunes. Pete has been on staff at dance and music camps coast to coast and is a widely known year-round teacher and performer at home. Sutherland is a veteran of many touring and recording groups including Metamora, Rhythm In Shoes, The Woodshed Allstars, Woods Tea Company, Ira Bernstein’s Ten Toe Percussion and is a founding member of the long running ‘contradance jamband’ The Clayfoot Strutters. He is also a producer with over 80 projects under his belt, and a prolific songwriter covered by the likes of Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Nightingale and Altan.
Linda Nelson has been an avid dancer since the early 1970s, and a dance leader since 2001. Linda is one of the regular ECD teachers for Country Dance Society, Boston Centre (2004 to the present), and was co-founder, organizer, and leader of an ECD series (2001-2011) on Cape Cod, MA, where she lived for 40 years. Linda has also taught at Pinewoods and other venues around the northeast, with a special interest in keeping classic dances alive, along with enjoying the very best of the new choreographies and reconstructions.
Andrew Shaw was dragged kicking and screaming to his first country dance as a teenager in the 60s but has got over that and is now one of the UK's most sought after English country dance leaders, highly regarded for his detailed knowledge, high standards and clear, good-humoured, instruction. His interest in late 17th/early 18th century dances, especially those composed by Nathaniel Kynaston, has resulted in the publication of 5 collections of dance reconstructions, Elephants Stairs being the latest. This is his 4th visit to Pinewoods.
Lynn “Chirps” Smith has played fiddle for more than thirty years. He specializes in playing Midwestern dance tunes. Over the years he has played with the Indian Creek Delta Boys (with fiddler Garry Harrison), The Polecats (with fiddler Mark Gunther), and The Volo Bogtrotters. Current bands include dance bands the Little Egypt Pepsteppers and VigorTones, as well as his latest group, the New Bad Habits. Chirps has played square & contra dances for almost as long as he has played fiddle. Early on he cultivated a strong interest in Midwestern fiddle music- he is a lifelong resident of Illinois after all. The Delta Boys searched out senior fiddlers in IL and collected & learned many fine old tunes. He has learned a lot from fiddlers in the surrounding states as well. He has taught classes at August Heritage Workshops (Elkins, WV), the University of Wisconsin String-Along Weekend, the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington, the Montana Fiddle Camp, Blue Ridge Old-Time Week (Mars Hill, NC), and numerous weekend workshops at festivals and dance weekends across the country. In 1997 he was recognized as a master Illinois fiddler and awarded an Illinois Arts Council Apprenticeship Grant with teenager Stephanie Coleman (now an acclaimed fiddler in her own right).
Lise Brown went from playing classical music to Latin music, then to swing, and then to contra and English Country Dance. She believes that all music is one music, and likes to combine elements from the various genres in her playing, arranging, and composing. Lise has performed and led workshops at music festivals and dance camps throughout the US and Europe, and is the leader and arranger of the contra dance big band, Big Bandemonium.
Corey Walters is a musician and dancer currently living in Montague, MA. As a practitioner of the flute, mandolin, and melodeon, he is equally at home playing for a variety of dance styles. In addition to being a regular musician at the weekly English Country Dance in Amherst, MA, he plays for English, Contra, and Irish Set Dancing throughout the east coast in a number of ensembles including Phoenix, Black River Ironworks, and The Sunny Banks. In addition he dances and plays with the Marlboro Morris Men, Oxbow Morris, and Maple Morris.
Wendy Graham Settle
Wendy Graham is a self-described "dance maniac." Her passion for music, song and dance caught fire in 1991 a youth dance tour in Denmark. Today, Wendy leads English, American, and couples dances in Durango, CO, across the country, and abroad -- as far away as Alaska, England and Denmark. She proudly served on the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) board and is currently a Lifetime Contribution Award committee member.
Donna Hunt calls contra and square dances with interesting choreography and variations. She is known for utilizing clear, concise instructions to minimize teaching time and maximize dance time. She offers programs of exciting dances in a variety of figures and formations for the dancers’ enjoyment. Donna infuses the dancers with confidence, regardless of their skill level, and she enjoys guiding new dancers and challenging experienced ones.