Gypsy Minor Gypsy Minor is a high-energy contra dance duo consisting of Tom Moreau on fiddle and viola and Sarah Jane Nelson on keyboard. They play an eclectic mix of Scandinavian couples dances, Quebecois, Old-time, Swing and tunes with a touch of Klez. Over the past decade they've become regular fixtures at New England dance festivals and at dance halls across New England.
High-Strung Strummers The High-Strung Strummers is a high energy duo that specializes in the old-time dance music of Appalachia, and the performance of Anglo-American ballads that found their home in that region. Lead vocalist Sarah Jane Nelson is a multi-instrumentalist who has been playing traditional music for folk festivals, New England contra dances, and other regional events for over a decade. She is a music journalist and is currently completing a biography of Ozark songcatcher Max Hunter. Cathy Mason is a highly accomplished fiddler and music instructor who has spent more than thirteen years studying Southern fiddle music with the masters of that tradition. Together, Cathy and Sarah have been finalists at the popular Lowell Banjo & Fiddle Contest, and they delight audiences with the rich harmonies and rhythmic accents of their “twin” fiddling. Recent and upcoming appearances include the Lowell Fairy Festival, an Arlington house concert, Rogers Memorial Library, Newton Farm Day and the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston house concert and workshop.
Banjos & Old Lace Banjos & Old Lace is a musical duo whose members include guitarist and banjo player Bob Phillipps from the Boston area and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jane Nelson from New Hampshire. Phillipps and Nelson sing ballads in the Anglo-American tradition, perform classic banjo pieces for piano and banjo and traditional tunes with two guitars. Phillipps has featured at coffee houses and historic homes throughout Massachusetts, and has repeatedly been a finalist at the Lowell Banjo & Fiddle Contest. Most recently, they have featured at Strawbery Banke’s Candlelight Stroll in Portsmouth, NH, the Londonderry Leach Library in Londonderry, NH, and the Old Manse in Concord, MA.