Captain Fiddle Music

Ryan and Brennish


Ryan Thomson playing contra dance fiddle Damaris Rohsenow Deborah Gerstein

Smoke and Mirrors

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Smoke and Mirrors, since 1999

A fine contra dance, barn dance, country dance, and square dance band available for

hire throughout New England. We'll be happy to perform our music or play for dancing.  We

can teach you dance steps ourselves, or bring along a dance caller. We're a friendly and

lively ensemble.  Purchase our CD! Our current public dance schedule is posted here.

Band Biography:

Damaris Rohsenow has been performing folk music since 1963. She currently plays

hammered dulcimer or piano for contra and English country dances, with a focus on early

American, 17th century English, Irish, French-Canadian, and Scottish music. She is a

member of Smoke & Mirrors and of New Boston Fancy, and previously was a member of

various other New England contra dance bands including Whistler's Daughter, The Whistling

Thieves, and Jump at the Sun. She previously played concertina and recorder for Morris

dances and guitar for an Irish string band.

Deborah Gerstein is a classically trained piano player extraordinaire who has played with

many different contra dance bands, including Smoke and Mirrors, Roaring Jelly, and others.

Ryan Thomson, known as "Captain Fiddle," has played contra dance music for over 40 years.

He teaches fiddling and folk music at Phillips Exeter Academy, in his home studio, and at

music and dance camps nationally. He enjoys calling and teaching dances when the need

arises. He has been designated a Master Traditional Artist by the New Hampshire Council on

the Arts, and is a former Northeastern winner of the National Fiddle Contest.

Band History - Original fiddler Steve Cushing retired from the band in 2001, Ryan moved

from band pianist to fiddler, and Deborah joined the band as keyboardist. Brennish

Thomson, Ryan's son, started fiddling with the band when he was 8 years old and is now age

20 and a regular in the band


Ryan Thomson

fiddle, flute, dance



Damaris Rohsenow,

hammered dulcimer,

dance instruction


Deborah Gerstein,

piano, keyboard