Callers and Musicians

Callers:  Scott Higgs is very well known throughout the English Dance community. His calling is clear and concise, and his sly sense of humor an unfailing delight. Scott is also a prolific creator of dances, many of which have become modern classics.

Tom Amesse is the emcee of the delightful North Jersey ECD Play-ful Ball each June. He calls at many venues throughout the northeastern US, including the Country Dancers of Rochester’s Jane Austin ball weekend, the Binghamton ball, New Haven’s Elm City Assembly, and CDNY’s New York Playford Ball. He has a relaxed and amusing calling style.

Melissa Running is not only a skilled writer of dances and composer of tunes, she is an excellent caller, well known in the Washington, DC area and all over the East Coast. Melissa is particularly adept at introducing contra dancers to the joys of English Country Dance. She has a clear instructional style and an ever-expanding repertoire of fascinating dances.

Musicians: An English Trifle is proud to feature eight splendid musicians — Tina Chancey (violin, viol da gamba),  Bruce Edwards (bassoon, concertina) , Ralph Gordon (cello), David Knight (violin),  Janet Muse (keyboard), Paul Oorts (mandolin, cittern, musette accordion), and Kathy Talvitie (keyboard).

Our goal is to have a different combination of musicians for each workshop — trios during the day, and quintets in the evening. (From time to time, particularly on Monday, we dancers have looked up at the stage to discover that all eight of the musicians have decided to “sit in.” It’s absolutely splendid.)