The three bands listed below all make great music, sure to make any dance event one to remember for a very long time.  

Hotpoint Stringband

This Athens, Ohio based band enjoys a national reputation among contra dancers.  They have a busy schedule flying around to dance weekends all over.  Lucky for us in central Ohio, they also love playing on their home turf.  

Hotpoint began as an old timey string band, but has come to incorporate exciting tricks from other styles, giving them a cool, world-beat sound.  The full band includes five members playing fiddle, banjo, bass, piano, and percussion, but they also play in smaller configurations as well.  Check out their web site for more information, including sound files and info on their CDs.


Former Columbus-based Deborah and Karl Colón set Irish tunes on fire, challenging even the most dedicated couch potato's will to sit still.  They are highly sought after at Irish festivals around the country, and are familiar favorites at Dublin, Ohio's annual Irish Festival.  Dancing to the music of Changeling is a real treat.  Find details, sound clips, and CD info at their website

Pit Bull String Band

This is authentic old time music just like you always imagined.  The Pitbulls have been making Columbus contra and square dancers move with abandon  since1987, and they remain local favorites at the Big Scioty Barn Dance.  Their wall of sound includes fiddles, guitars, mandolin, banjo, penny whistle, and bass.  

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