Along the River
Susan Conger, Fiddler, Composer, Teacher

Susan Conger, Fiddler

  • Fiddler — for contradances, weddings, English Country dancing, Scandinavian dancing, and other festive events
  • Fiddle Teacher — private lessons, classes, and music camp courses
  • Editor — of the Along the River tunebook
  • Composer — of numerous dance tunes, including Emily's Waltz and The Gale
  • Upcoming Gigs

Biography

Susan Conger grew up playing classical violin, and as an adult was drawn to the fiddle tunes she heard while contradancing. In 1987 she followed the tunes and dances to western Massachusetts. Much to her own surprise, what began as a hobby evolved into a career.

Locally, she has played for monthly and weekly contradance series in South Amherst, Amherst, Montague, and Greenfield, and for countless special events in the schools and community. She teaches private lessons in fiddle and classical violin in her Montague Center studio and has taught fiddle classes for Artspace Community Arts Center in Greenfield.

Farther afield, Susan has taught fiddle at Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camp repeatedly since 1991, and at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina since 2000. She has performed at numerous dance camps and festivals, including Pinewoods (MA), The Dance Flurry (NY), JCCFS Winter Dance Week (NC), Winter Dance Fest at Ashokan (NY), Lady of the Lake Camp (ID), MaineWoods Dance Camp (ME), Ralph Page Legacy Weekend (NH), Down East Country Dance Festival (ME), Wannadance Uptown (WA), Pittsburgh Fall Weekend (PA), Star Hampshire (NH), The Folk Project Festival (NJ), Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival (NS), and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY).

In 1999, Susan edited and published Along the River, a collection of reels, jigs, waltzes, and other dance tunes written in the last 25 years by musicians from the Connecticut River Valley. In 2000 she produced the Along the River companion CD, which features eight musicians and 28 tunes from the book.

Recording Credits

Greenfield Dance Band, High Clouds, 2003
Mary Cay Brass & Friends, Green Mountain, 2001
Susan Conger & Friends, Along the River, 2000
Sarah Pirtle, Green Flame, 2000
Waltzing for the Grange, 1999
Spare Parts, The Civil War Ballroom, 1997
Three Good Reasons, Montague Processional, 1995

Publications

Along the River, 1999

Bands

Impossible Feet
Three Good Reasons
Soozarama
Spare Parts

Print Photos

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For booking information or lesson inquiries, please contact Susan at the email below or by phone at (four-one-three)-367-9269.



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