FLYING ON HOME RODNEY MILLER AND AIRDANCE
Airdance continues to explore the richness and diversity of New England dance music in this, their second recording. Elements of Celtic, French-Canadian and American roots music rub shoulders with more modern sounds in a unique blend that has delighted listeners and dancers across America and in Europe. Britain's Folk Roots magazine lauded their first release saying "It's extremely rare to find a band that can make dance music so great to listen to without losing some danceability, and this lot succeeds wonderfully."
THE BAND AIRDANCE
Rodney Miller - fiddle
Mary Cay Brass - piano, accordion
Stuart Kenney - upright bass, banjo
David Surette - guitar, mandolin, bouzouki
Sam Zucchini - percussion
Guest musician - Marko Packard - flute
The basic elements that define the traditional New England dance band are the fiddle and piano, and both are central to the Airdance sound. Miller's fiddle leads with his own unique blend of virtuosity and danceability, balancing personal expression with the functional needs of providing rhythmnic dance music. Brass's piano style takes in elements of Irish drone-style accompaniment and the exuberant swing of French-Canadian music, and produces a solid yet wonderfully varied underpinning for the whole band. Surette ranges freely back and forth between the roles of melody and accompaniment, playing lead lines and swapping solos with Miller as well as locking into the groove with the rhythm section. Kenney's bass provides depth and oomph; he's the heartbeat of the band, while Zucchini adds drive and an additional spark with his tasteful and rock solid drumming.