Dave Wiesler has been playing for Scottish country dancing since 1993, and dancing it since 1995. Dave is highly regarded for his deep knowledge and spirited piano playing of Scottish dance music, and he now performs regularly with his band Thistle House and with fiddlers Hanneke Cassel and Mara Shea, among others. He has played at concerts and dance and music camps across the country, and his music has taken him to Hawaii, Canada, England, Scotland and the Galapagos Islands. He appears on nearly 20 recordings, many featuring his own compositions. He is also a capable guitarist and singer, a writer of silly ceilidh songs, and a stay-home dad of two young boys.
Dave is at home in a huge range of other styles of music and folk dance besides Scottish music -- including contra dance, English country dance, swing, vintage dancing, Viennese waltz, and couple dancing. He has been on staff at Pinewoods, Augusta, Ashokan, Buffalo Gap, Sierra Swing, Timber Ridge, and the Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School, and has performed at the Kennedy Center and at the Smithsonian. Check out his book of original melodies, DaveTunes, and his CDs, including Cracks and Shadows and two Scottish dance recordings, Many Happy Returns with Hanneke Cassel and Heather Hills with Mara Shea.
Dance Class Musicians
Blandine Fourchet is from Lyon and is a trained linguist. Irish traditional music is a big passion of hers. She is classically trained and became familiar with traditional music in 2008, thanks to meetups with the band SHELTA in Lyon. She regularly attends and participates in sessions and festivals, as well as ceildhs in France, Ireland or Scotland.
Melissa Meunier is a Scottish Country dancer with a classical training in piano. She has gradually started accompanying musicians for dancing. She has attended many music courses, including 2 summer schools. She started local (to Lyon) SCD band "the Roaring Lyons" in 2013, and I've played for local day schools or ceilidhs. She is looking forward to meeting everyone!