Bands

Current Bands

Other Folks I Play With
  • Some of my favorite Boston-area contra buddies are fiddlers Julie Metcalf and Edward Wallace, mandolin/guitarist Eric McDonald, and banjoist/guitarist/cellist Ben Leddy.
  • I have a special place in my heart for the music of Bennet Konesni and take any opportunity to make some of it with him.
  • When I’m super lucky, I get to play shows with virtuosos like pianist/mandolinist Neil Pearlman and electric accordionist Cory Pesaturo.
  • Nor’Easter is probably the best band ever.  If I’m playing with two members of the trio, I like to close my eyes and imagine that I’m the third.
  • I have a great fondness for contra dance band The Free Raisins, who I accidentally named and with whom I pinch-hit.

Bands on De Facto Hiatus

  • Garlic and Moonshine is an acoustic singer-songwriter trio that sits squarely at the intersection of folk, jazz, blues, and Forks of Nature.
  • The Salt Wives are a Judaic chamber-folk trio on accordion, euphonium and fiddle with activist tendencies and the singular ability to convert intra-band friction into sublime musical darkness.
  • The Contra Dance String Quartet (with Rachel PanitchDaniel Hawkins, and the aforementioned Julie Metcalf) performed exactly once, but might very well continue to exist some day.
  • Forks of Nature is often a double-fiddle string band with optional vocals; sometimes it is just me and Jonah on an adventure with surprise guests. We play for contra dances and parties in castles.
  • Delta Wave is my fiddle techno duet with Julie Vallimont, who does literally all of the work and then calls me up to goof around over her sick beats.

Bands That Are Still Playing, But Without Me

  • Somerville Symphony Orkestar is a six-piece electric all-original Eastern-European Punk-Funk band that somehow summons an elephant in a tutu to dance at the end of most of their shows.
  • Sharks Come Cruisin’ adapts sea shanties for rock, and brings cue cards so that everyone can join in for the chorus.
  • Barnacle is a peppy western-hemisphere-trad band that play an average of six instruments per band member per show.
  • Gypsy Nights is a rolling-cast Hot-Club jazz combo fronted by one-man-band Chuck Rejto on guitar and foot-pedal chromatic harmonica.
  • ARRR!!! is the Brown pirate a-cappella “choir.” Repertoire is mostly sea shanties, with a little Muppet Treasure Island on the side.  ARRR!!!

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