The Avant Gardeners have been a contra dance and festival mainstay since 1999. Original Gardeners, Dave Wiesler, Laura Light and Dan Sebring with bassist Ralph Gordon, have three cds to their credit, Stronger Than Dirt, Tulip Bandits and Goats in the Garden. The group was joined for awhile by George Paul, Roger Gold, Bert Carlson and Dave Bartley, who all appear on the more recent recordings, including the waltz collection, Katchemak Bay Waltz. The group is currently performing as a trio with Laura, Loren and either Dave, Roger or Bert, while the full band performs with Laura, the Daves, Loren and Ralph Gordon on bass.
They have performed for festivals and dances as far as the Auckland Folk Festival in New Zealand to your friendly neighborhood dance in every state of the union. Festival appearances include Bear Hug Fest in Montana, American Dance and Music Week in California, Augusta Heritage Arts Week in West Virginia, Chahalis dance weekend in Canada, Gypsy Meltdown in South Carolina, Terpsichore dance and music week in West Virginia, Grand opening ball for Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom in Washington DC, the Snow Ball in Florida, Wasatch Wiggle in Utah, Heritage weekend in Michigan, Tapestry festival in Minnesota, Kind Voices radio show, prize winning performances at Clifftop String band festival in West Virginia, Northwest Passage in Oregon, Fire Ant Fest in Austin Texas, Feet Retreat in North Carolina, Bug Stomp in South Carolina, Sturdevant Dance Camp and Dance Away, in LA, Solefest in Missouri, the folk center in Mountain View, Arkansas and many, many more too numerous to mention over many years. Their albums include Stronger than Dirt, Tulip Bandits, Goats in the Garden and Moonshine, Lime and Sugar, as well as the waltz collection, Katchemak Bay Waltz.
The Avant Gardeners are available for concerts, dances, festivals, house concerts and workshops. Please call Laura Light at 434 326 3611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a booking.