mills juggling a banjo (20k jpg)

In addition to playing guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, bouzouki, fiddle, and bodhran for contra, Irish, Swedish, and old-time music, I am very active as a singer of traditional American shape note music.

Most of my musical life has been spent in bands. From 1986 to 1996 I toured nationally with Future Geezers and Tripping Up Stairs, playing well over a thousand dances, on sometimes grueling tours. I always thought of myself as a contra dance musician but English country dancer, and found it somewhat ironic that I was hired to play English for a number of dance camps.

After that, I spent several years being a solo concert musician. I was selected for a Formal Showcase at the 1998 Northeast Folk Alliance, and was a featured artist at the New Jersey Folk Project's Fall Weekend. My CD, Whatever Happened?, received airplay on folk radio stations throughout the US and internationally.

I've also accompanied All-Ireland accordion champion John Whelan at the Eagle Tavern in New York and at a benefit featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov, opened for Pete Seeger at the Raritan River Festival, and played for the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, the Campbell Folk School (NC), Buffalo Gap Camp (WV), the Dance Flurry, and the New England Folk Festival.


I've been in a number of contra dance bands over the years, and been accused of being in many more.

Tripping Up Stairs with John Pranio (fiddle, 5-string banjo), Jan Drechsler (piano)
Future Geezers with Andrea Hoag (fiddle), Charlie Pilzer (bass)
Impossible Feet with Susan Conger (fiddle), Susie Secco (piano)
New Shoes with Carey Bluhm (fiddle), Larry Siegel (piano, mandolin)
The Further Adventures with lydia ievins (fiddle), Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Erica Morse (bass, cello, vocals)

I am not in A Band Named Bob, although I did record their CD, and I have played with each of them in other configurations.