STEAM is a new contra dance band featuring flying fiddle & mandolin harmonies
against a backdrop of masterful guitar and bodhrán and accented by lovely sung
waltzes, concertina and Appalachian style clogging. Offering a diverse repertoire
based on years of playing, they imbue each dance with a unique feel... slinky
jigs, driving reels... with a knack for pouncing on the balances and flowing on
the heys. Happy playing Irish, old-time, French Canadian, New England, and
modern tunes, each dance is filled with variety and spice.
Although these four long-time friends have each played in their own bands for
years, they have recently taken a leap into this new cross-continental venture
combining their music and energy to fill dance halls from coast to coast.
Since forming in the fall of 2010, STEAM has played for dances in the Mid-Atlantic
including Glen Echo, Colorado Front Range, Arizona, San Francisco Bay Area, and
Vancouver B.C. Veteran performers, STEAM members have been hired as staff for
various camps and to teach workshops at festivals.