Ted Ehrhard

Fiddle


Fiddler Ted Ehrhard began playing the violin at age nine and has scarcely stopped since. A native of California, he fell in love with old-time music while living in Chapel Hill, NC in the late 1960’s, and vividly recalls an eye-opening trip to the legendary Union Grove Fiddle Contest in 1970. Returning to California to go to music school in 1971, he kept up his interest in old-time music while earning a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. After graduation, and a six-year detour in Salt Lake City, he returned to central North Carolina and extended his love of fiddling to include Celtic and Cape Breton styles as well as the folk music of Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

Ted twice won the Fiddler of the Festival award at Fiddler’s Grove, Union Grove’s successor, and placed at the Scottish National Fiddle Competition. He has played for contradance events and Scottish Country Dancing all over the East Coast, and as far away as Texas. In addition to his love-fest with the fiddle, Ted organizes a series of informal classical music events under the name of The Pittsboro Bach Society, and plays trombone and tuba in klezmer bands. 

Ted’s CD release New Hope Walt—Traditional Music Remembered and Imagined offers a survey of the many fiddling styles he performs. About half of the collection is his own compositions presented in traditional styles. On this recording, Ted is accompanied by numerous musicians including members of FootLoose.

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

David DiGiuseppe

Accordion


David DiGiuseppe has been performing professionally since 1978. He is known for his fiery and emotive playing, and is equally at home performing Irish tunes in a pub, French musettes in a cabaret, contra or Cajun music for a dance, or in the intimate setting of a concert hall. 

In addition to playing with FootLoose, David performs with ContrazzCraicdown, and numerous other bands. As a singer and storyteller, DiGiuseppe presents solo concerts to schools and family audiences. Previously, DiGiuseppe has toured and recorded with acclaimed Cajun singer and songwriter J.J. Reneaux, the Big Zucchini Washboard Bandits and many others.

DiGiuseppe has released three recordings showcasing his playing of music from the Celtic, Parisian and American traditions. Reviewer John O’Regan of Ireland wrote “a player of immense talent and vision, David is a musician worth encountering.” DiGiuseppe appears on numerous other CDs with his various bands or backing other musicians.

David has written four books for accordion published by Mel Bay Publications— a tutorial on left hand technique, a guide to learning blues accordion, and two extensive collections of traditional tunes arranged for accordion.

-David’s website-

Jim Roberts

Drums


Jim Roberts has been fascinated with percussion since childhood and still keeps the kid as part of his percussive art. He performs with instruments from all over the world including West African djembe, Cuban cajon, Middle Eastern dumbek, and Brazilian panderio.

Jim has recorded and performed with Flecktone members Futureman and Victor Wooten. He has performed with The Horse Flies, Shane Theriot (Neville Brothers), and Billy Dean (1995 Reba McEntire tour) and recorded with Jan Pulsford (Cindi Lauper, Thompson Twins).

Jim has released three recordings–CapeTown with South African singer Paul Petersen; Two Traditions, featuring the Horse Flies; and Tranze is the Danze (Ancient Hand Project) featuring Beth Nielson Chapman and Victor Wooten. As a producer and studio engineer, Jim has worked with diverse musical styles such as African, Afro-pop, Cuban, folk, bluegrass, rock, alternative, and experimental.

-Jim’s website-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pete Campbell

Piano


Pete Campbell plays piano and bass for contras, squares and English country dancing. He also plays piano and accordion for Scottish country dancing as a member of The MacRowdie Ceilidh Band, and bass with the bluegrass-style klezmer band The Sinai Mountain Ramblers. 

Over the years, “Dr. Pete” has served on the musical staffs of many week-long dance camps and dance weekend venues from coast to coast for American contra and square, Scottish, English and international folk dancing. He also teaches Scottish ceilidh and country dancing, colonial American and English dance, and calls for contras and squares.

And he loves to join in on any song-fests to share his wealth of silly songs. His inexhaustible energy has enlivened many a late-night parties.