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Join us for virtual Morngingsong with Peter Siegel and Andy Davis on Friday, July 17, at 7:45 a.m. on the Folk School Facebook page.

Peter Siegel and Andy Davis live blocks apart in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Born a folkie in the New York scene, Peter later made his way up to Vermont, which he now calls home. Over the years he's shared the stage and been mentored by folks like Pete Seeger, Jay Unger and Molly Mason, Judy Collins, Utah Phillips, Noel Paul Stookey, and was a bandmate of bluegrass powerhouse Michael Daves "New Old Time" band Underbelly which the "Berkshire Eagle" called a supergroup of New England talent.

Peter contributed and recorded on the Grammy award-winning Pete Seeger album "Tomorrow's Children." His other credits include publication in "Sing Out!" magazine and the fiddle tune compilation, "The Portland Collection," as well as a guest appearance on the nationally syndicated Etown.

As an educator, Peter has been writing songs and theatrical productions with children for the last 15 years and has been a contributing writer to The George Lucas Foundation site Edutopia on social curriculum and music educational practices. His Symonds School CD "Peace Place" won a Parents Choice Award in 2012.

When he's not playing or recording, he is a devoted public school music educator in the great state of New Hampshire. You can find him leading stringed and vocal workshops in places like the Folk School too!

In the fall of 1976, Andy Davis walked into a small dance hall in Unity, New Hampshire. A contra dance was in progress and, having recently moved to new england from Virginia, Andy was looking for a way to fit in. Finding the musicians friendly, he volunteered to play piano to accompany the fiddler and concertina player. This joyful evening of traditional dance music, plus an entirely unexpected twelve dollars, led to a steady schedule of dances for the next forty years.

A retired music teacher, Andy now plays accordion, piano and banjo, as well as calls dances. Andy has appeared as a dance musician, leading dance and song at many well-known traditional music and dance camps throughout the United States.

Andy's calling of square and contra dances is often for the benefit of community dances where dancers of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to join in. His commitment to promoting traditional dance in schools and communities led him to start, along with Peter, Mary Alice Amidon, and Mary Cay Brass, New England Dancing Masters, publishers of books, recordings, and a video for teachers and recreation leaders.

For thirty years Andy performed throughout new England with Nowell Sing We Clear, a concert of mid-winter carols, with Tony Barrand, John Roberts, and Fred Breunig. The group specializes in traditional songs, shape-note hymns, and instrumental dance music and customs from Christian and pagan traditions.

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