City Stompers are known all over NYC and beyond for happy, rollicking square dance fun, always with live music by old-time musical talent from near and far.
The Onlies began as a trio of lifelong friends and musical collaborators who realized early on that they shared a fascination with traditional fiddle music. Leo Shannon, Samantha Braman, and Riley Calcagno started making music together at age seven (2005), and quickly became immersed in fiddle music and tradition in their home of Seattle, down the West Coast, and across the world. In recent years, they have developed their sound with the addition of Vivian Leva, an acclaimed talent of old-time, country, and Americana.
Their albums have charted on radio stations around the country, and they have had the opportunity to perform and collaborate with Elvis Costello, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Laurie Lewis, Altan, Tristan Clarridge, and John Herrmann. In recent years, the Onlies have found a musical center in Old Time Appalachian stringband music, and their fiddle, banjo, and guitar playing have become a fixture in a wave of young people who are studying and engaging with the old time tradition with a deep respect for the history of the music and people who make it, as well as a curiosity about how old time music fits into contemporary sounds and culture. Their most recent collaboration is a recording of old time tunes and songs with John Herrmann, Meredith McIntosh, Eric Robertson, and Tristan Clarridge in a project titled The Ruglifters (Yodel-Ay-ee 099). Vivian Leva's charting solo debut, Time is Everything was released on Free Dirt Records in 2018 as well. They are the 2017 winners of the Appalachian Stringband Contest in Clifftop, WV. The Onlies have a lot to say in the future of American folk and traditional music.
NYC native Alex Kramer is a musician, singer, dance caller and software engineer. He plays old-time banjo, fiddle, and guitar, and regularly plays and calls square dances in the greater New York area and beyond. Taking regular trips to Appalachia, Alex is immersed in the many songs and tunes of traditional American music. If possible, he will try to ride a bicycle to most concerts.
Founded in 2004 by a public school teacher with boundless energy and an appreciation of American fiddle music, City Stompers holds regular classes in American clogging and flatfoot dancing taught by Megan Downes, and special occasional workshops in percussive dance by Nic Gareiss, Evie Ladin, and Sandy Silva. City Stompers brings to NYC musical artists such as Furnace Mountain Band, Riley Baugus, Danny Knicely and Nate Leath for performances and workshops in old-time fiddle, 5-string banjo, and bluegrass harmony singing. The free monthly Hoedown is a great way to experience the joy of live traditional music. Visit citystompers.org
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