The Fireants, of northeastern Wyoming, play Caribbean Basin dance music, mostly Latin, Cajun and Zydeco. David Romtvedt, of Buffalo, plays the button accordion, and serves as Wyoming’s poet laureate. He writes some of the music and lyrics that the band performs, and is known to adlib for any occasion. Cindy Baker, from Sheridan, plays the bass and also works as an ayurvedic practitioner and yoga instructor. The percussionist, Margo Brown, and the guitar player, Courtney Caplan, are potters when they are not playing in the band. Caitlin Romtvedt plays sax and fiddle. when not playing with the band she is a performing arts student at Oberlin College. All five members of the group sing. Interested in the cultural forces that shape music, the band strives to understand the traditions and peoples whose music they perform.
The Fireants have performed throughout Wyoming and the West and in Mexico. Venues include: Wyoming Arts Council Governor’s Arts Awards, Wyoming Arts Council Artspeak Awards, Nicolaysen Museum, Rocky Mountain College Festival of Cultures, City of Loveland Cultural Series, Wyoming Symphony Auction (Casper), El Encuentro de Dos Tradiciones, Wyoming Outdoor Council Anniversary Celebration, The Nature Conservancy, Worlds of Music, Powder River Basin Resource Council, Art Beyond Boundaries Five State Conference, The Art Center Mardi Gras (Jamestown, North Dakota, Centrum Squeeze In, Red Lodge Festival of Nations, Cheyenne Botanical Gardens, Laramie Plains Children's Museum, and the Big West Festival.
Members of the Fireants have also performed and taught for the North American Basque Organization National Convention in Reno, Nevada; at the National Endowment for the Humanities Regional Conference, San Francisco, California; at the High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon; at the Bay Area Country Dance Society’s Sierra Swing Festival, Mendocino, California; at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Port Townsend, Washington; at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Seattle, Washington, and at schools and community centers in Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Workshops offered by the Fireants include teaching of music and dance from traditional repertoires, songwriting, music and literature relationships, and ensemble performance.