Cailen Campbell and David Brown have a reputation for sparking the contra dances
whenever they play. The temperature on the dance floor rises, the dancers'
energy intensifies, and the listeners are swept away by their music craft,
which infuses traditional Appalachian, Celtic and Roma melodies with exciting
and original interpretation.
Cailen Campbell has been described as one of the most virtuosic and high-energy
fiddlers in the Southeast. As both a dancer and musician he is known for his
stunning ability to improvise, cross time signatures and musical genres with
ease, and for his brilliant self-expression.
David Brown provides the pulse to the music. He is renowned and accoladed as a
5-string banjo player, and plays professionally on a half dozen other
instruments, including the baritone guitar. This unusual instrument is a hybrid
between a regular guitar and a bass guitar, and in David's hands, it provides
hypnotic rhythm and harmonic texture to the music...
These encantados met in 2005 while touring nationally with the Greasy Beans and NC
Dance Theater. A rich musical relationship ensued as they explored their shared
love of traditional acoustic music, as well as new grass and jazz. Their vast repertoire,
as well as their tight 'mind meld,' creates a rich and expansive sound that
captivates dancers and listeners. They defy expectations of how much sound, and
how exciting of a sound, a dance duo can make. They're CONTRAVERSIAL!