The High Strung Strummers is a high energy duo that specializes in the old-time dance music of Appalachia, and the performance of Anglo-American ballads that found their home in that region. Lead vocalist Sarah Jane Nelson is a multi-instrumentalist and song writer who has been playing traditional music for folk festivals, New England contra dances, and other regional events for over a decade. Cathy Mason is a highly accomplished fiddler and music instructor who has spent more than 20 years studying Southern fiddle music with the masters of that tradition. Together, Cathy and Sarah have been finalists at the popular Lowell Banjo & Fiddle Contest, and they delight audiences with the rich harmonies and rhythmic accents of their “twin” fiddling.

The Dead Sea Squirrels play Southern Old Time Music for contra and square dancing, private events and concerts, bringing together a respect for traditional style with an adventurous rhythmic and harmonic sensibility.  They also perform songs ranging from Old-Time to Cajun, Blues and early Country Music.