Peter, Paul & George...
Guitar / Banjo / Mandolin / Clarinet / Saxophone /
Of the scores of musicians billed as
Davis may be most deserving of the accolade.
Proficient on an astonishing variety of instruments,
including clarinet, alto sax, 5-string & tenor banjo,
piano, guitar, mandolin and whistle, Peter boasts an
intuitive approach to all manner of traditional folk, blues,
vintage pop and jazz forms... He holds a Masters Degree in
Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University and
taught in Malawi, Africa for 3 years with the U.S. Peace
Corps. Peter performs as part of Jay
Ungar and Molly Mason’s
band, for their monthly radio program, “Dancing on the
Air” and for festivals and other special events. He appears
on Jay and Molly’s Cds including “the Lover’s Waltz”
and “Relax Your Mind.” and played with them on many
productions of “A Prairie Home Companion” in the 1990s.
Peter also leads his own swing and jump blues band
called “Lindy Hop Heaven” which is at the forefront of
the Northeast’s swing dance scene. They play many
dances, festivals and camps and have released two CD’s:
“Lindy Hop Heaven” and “Goin’ to Lindy Land”.
Peter’s other projects include, The
Clayfoot Strutters, Reggie's
Red Hot Feetwarmers,
and the Whippersnappers.
He has helped raise 4 children and lives with
his wife in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Organizer of Traditional
Dance and Music Events / Dance Caller
Paul has been leading dances throughout
the northeast since 1986.
He is known for his gentle (but energetic)
encouraging style, concise teaching and offbeat sense of
humor. He presents old time community dances from many
traditions, as well as international folk dancing and
African-American singing games.
He is equally comfortable leading "'hot
shot" dancers as he is at teaching traditional dance to
children. He has led dances at major festivals such as the
Old Songs Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, New England Folk Festival (NEFFA),
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, and the Dance
Flurry in Saratoga Springs, a festival which he founded and
produced for eighteen years. He also organizes a monthly family
dance and a weekly acoustic fiddle tune
jam session in the Albany area.
Paul's greatest satisfaction is derived from
making dance fans of the
"dance phobic" and those dancing for the first
time. Someone said of his teaching skill, "Paul
can even teach a 3-leggel stool to dance."
Fiddler / Banjoist / Singer / Humorist
George is a multi-instrumental virtuoso and singer whose
repertoire encompasses a variety of traditional and folk
styles. As a fiddler, he has mastered nearly 400 tunes for
dancing and listening-tunes from New England, Quebec, Cape
Breton, Scotland, Ireland and Shetland.
Accompanying himself on the 5-string banjo, George
performs songs of Uncle Dave Macon of early Grand Ole Opry
fame. He also presents the gutsy, bluesy songs and 12-string
guitar style of the African-American folk legend Huddie
Ledbetter (Leadbelly). George has performed and recorded
with the popular Fennig’s All-Star String Band since 1975
and with the Whippersnappers since 1976. He plays at
contradances, festivals, and dance and music camps
George has two recordings featuring his fiddling-Northern
Melodies from 1995 and The Royal Circus; A Menagerie of
Northern Fiddle Tunes, released in 2000. Both are upbeat
collections of his dynamic fiddling which is strongly
influenced by Cape Breton and French Canadian styles.