The Rhythm Rollers

 

Rhythm Rollers
Members of the Rhythm Rollers

The Rhythm Rollers play old-time New England Contra Dance Music. We formed on the wave of enthusiasm we share for this music, and particularly the piano playing of Bob McQuillen, the tunes he has written, his relentless encouragement, and his jokes. We released a new CD, Grand Right & Left, in July 2008; read about it here.

Laurie Andres began with classical piano and started playing for dances in his hometown of Baltimore with the legendary Steve Hickman. He met Cathie in 1980 and they began playing for dances and camps all over the US. Cathie Whitesides performed Irish music for several years with Kevin Keegan and Joe Cooley and became a much sought-after dance fiddler in the San Francisco Bay Area. WB Reid started playing for contra dances in the 1970s in the San Diego band then led by John Tuohy which had been founded by Fred Bruenig. He first played with Cathie in 1975 and joined the band about 25 years later after moving to Seattle.

Bob McQuillen of Peterborough, NH is one of the most beloved New England contra dance musicians. "Mac" has played to the delight of countless dancers continuously for 60 years since his start in 1947 with the "Ralph Page Orchestra." He has inspired many other musicians both young and old, and has composed over 1000 fiddle tunes. Cathie, Laurie and WB were all first captivated by Bob's playing on the seminal recordings of the "Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra" in the 1970s. In 1997 Bob received the New Hampshire Folk Heritage Award, and in 2002 he was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship.

The Rhythm Rollers also play for English country dancing, which Laurie calls, waltz nights and workshops, and under the name Armonikos, traditional Greek music.

The Rhythm Rollers are releasing a new cd in 2008.

Call 206-525-6869 or 206-784-3477 in Seattle for more information, recordings, or bookings. Email: cathiewhitesides@comcast.net or lcandres (at) earthlink.net