We’re back from our winter tours! Since the first hard frost ended the farming season last fall, we’ve bounced around the country, playing concerts and contradances from Maine to North Carolina to Florida, from California to Colorado and Idaho, and from Montana across the mid-west through upstate New York and Massachusetts back to the farm in Maine in time to see the last several feet of snow melt. We saw a lot of old friends on our travels and made more than a few new ones. Thanks to everyone who came out to a show!
We’re working on next winter’s bookings now, so if you’d like us to come to your town, please let us know!
We have a new CD for sale! Find it here!
Sassafras Stomp is a high-energy dance-band with one foot in Maine and one foot in western Montana. Weaving together diverse fiddle traditions with a strong rhythmic sensibility, fiddler Johanna Davis and guitarist Adam Nordell build a rich, dynamic contradance sound marked by driving foot percussion and sweet harmony vocals. Increasingly, Sassafras Stomp performances also include banjo & mandolin player Putnam Smith.
Davis and Nordell’s collaboration began during a month-long musical residency in a tiny Montana town a stone’s throw away from the continental divide. After a debut performance at Seattle’s Northwest Folklife Festival, the duo established themselves as a regular band at dances across Montana. In 2010, they relocated to Davis’ home-state of Maine to start an organic farm and participate in the New England contradance community. They have since performed for a widening circle of dances, concerts and festivals across the northern tier of the country – Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, Montana, as well as southern Canada.