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Folk Music Weekend 8-10 February 2019
at Honor's Haven Resort, Ellenville NY.
Our unstructured weekend, with open jamming, singing, playing, and square dancing with Ray Taylor.
is a superb finger-style guitarist and recent convert to the five string banjo. He names "the three Bs", Bach, the blues and Buddy Holly, as major influences. The New England Folk Almanac wrote, "Bennett is a deceptively inventive and intelligent fingerstyle guitarist — deceptive because, however inventive or finger stretching his playing is, it is sublimely melodic."
“... is the most versatile dulcimer player I know,” observes North Carolina dulcimer wizard Don Pedi. Lorraine’s numerous credits as a traditional singer, songwriter, teacher, and instrumentalist include her groundbreaking Shanachie release with fiddler Gerry Milnes, Hell Up Coal Holler, a Homespun dulcimer instruction series, and two elegant Appalachian dulcimer books with Yellow Moon Press. Lorraine also plays five string banjo, mandolin, and harp. Her newest CD, The Opal Ring, on the Snowy Egret label, combines the traditional New England ballads of her childhood with her own songs drawn from that childhood in the Connecticut Berkshires. She and her husband, guitarist Bennett Hammond, live in Brookline, Massachusetts. They have performed and recorded together for nearly three decades.
is a superb English singer who plays banjo, guitar, concertina, and hurdy-gurdy, as well as being a fine musicologist and music editor. He sings ballads and songs of the sea, of rural pursuits, of social and sociable situations, of industrial toil and strife, and much more. John is also noted for his renditions of Music Hall songs.
Ray and his wife Elma started dancing in 1972 and began calling in 1976, after attending Jack Lasry's Caller School in Harrisonburg, VA. Ray is an accrediated member of Callerlab, and serves on the Mainstream Quarterly Selection Committee. About 4 years ago he switched to the American Callers Association. Ray is currently club caller for two square dance clubs and teaches their beginning classes, as well as plus workshops. Ray calls Mainstream and Plus and has called many guest dances in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, West Virginia, Vermont and Arkansas. Ray and Elma have hosted square dance tours to Hawaii and Alaska and cruises to the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera and the Panama Canal. ,