Gayle Armstrong began her love of international folk dance as a student of the legendary Nelda Drury at San Antonio College. Gayle is an English Country Dance caller and has directed Mexican Folklórico and English Morris performance groups. She also has a repertoire of folk dances from the Caribbean and South America. In her younger days she performed with the Ballet Folklórico de México, the Aman Folk Ensemble and La Compañia de Arte Español. She will teach workshops on redova (Mexican norteño dance), Santa Rita polka, merengue, wepa and huapango, corrido, and salsa. She will also be leading English Country Dance at workshops and evening parties.
Sarah Jagoda Larsson & Sarina Partridge sing the rich harmonies of Jewish and Slavic folk music from Eastern Europe. Singing entirely in the songs’ original languages, including Yiddish, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Romanian, and more, the pair showcases the way music has moved through generations of immigrants arriving to North America. With the tight harmonies of a family band and the accompaniment of a banjo and drum, Sarah and Sarina bring you onto a familiar front porch – if your front porch were in Grajevo or Breznitsa. Performing with their band NANILO, the pair find a fusion between Eastern European sounds and an Americana sensibility, spinning out stories of love, longing, and liberation that are carried in the lyrics of this rich tradition.
Musicians one and all are welcome to join the fabulous Festival Band, led by Maria Terres and Amy McFarland of Rare Privilege. This group is known to have a bit of the shenanigans in them and they meet every afternoon to play tunes together, laugh, and prepare the special music for favorite New Years Eve dances the Française and Heilsberger Dreieck. There is an additional rehearsal on the 31st. The Festival Band welcomes all levels and all types of instruments!