Van Kaynor: Fiddle
Van's fluid and lyrical fiddle playing has taken him many places, appearing on A Prairie Home Companion, playing for dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Texas to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia . Van plays with several bands including The Moving Violations, Big Bandemonium, and the Fourgone Conclusions. Several of his compositions can be heard on The Moving Violations' recordings. Van has a studio in Amherst, Mass., where he teaches violin and fiddle. If you can't find him on stage, you may find Van kicking up his heels on the dance floor.
Ron Grosslein: Fiddle, Mandolin
Ron contributes his great enthusiasm and charisma on both fiddle and mandolin in The Moving Violations and Swallowtail. He enjoys helping to mold the energy that happens between the dancers and the music. "It's like making a sand castle at the beach with a talented and creative group of friends, delightful while it lasts, and washed away with the next tide, with nothing to clean up!"
When not playing music, Ron works as an engineer, building equipment for radio telescopes, and fixing a really beat up old lawn mower.
Eric Eid-Reiner: Piano
Dancers and listening audiences alike have long enjoyed Eric's innovative piano accompaniment, melody playing, and compositions. A part of the Boston area music scene most of his life, Eric has performed throughout the Northeast at contra dances, concerts, weddings, synagogues, and festivals. Celtic Beat Magazine has recognized Eric for his "superb craftsmanship on the keys," and he can be heard performing solo, with the Moving Violations, The Reiner Family Band, and fiddlers including Julie Metcalf, Alden Robinson, David Kaynor, and Andy Reiner. You can find out more about Eric's music at www.EricEid-Reiner.com. A recent graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Eric also loves cooking, learning about contra dance history and evolution, and exploring his passion for helping others.