Hands4

Introduction      Personnel      Demo tracks      History


Since 2004, Hands4 has delivered its high-energy music to dance halls throughout the Pacific Northwest, and in Texas during a February, 2006, tour. Combining seldom-heard traditional tunes with originals by band members and other musicians, Hands4 has created a unique blend of music that is definitely not your usual contra tunes.

With their carefully-constructed tune sets featuring mostly original music, their diverse instrumentation, and their well-crafted harmonies and arrangements, Hands4 brings a fresh flavor and excitement to the dance hall wherever they play.

The band is also available as a trio, Stepwise, playing a more traditional repertoire, with Rich Goss calling the dances. This scaled-down configuration is ideal for wedding receptions, parties, and smaller community dances.

Please contact Talisman Music for booking information. Check the calendar to find out when Hands4 will be playing.



"Well of course, they're good musicians--but it went way beyond that--it was magic!"
--Portland contra dancer


Personnel

Photo of Fran

Fran Tewksbury (flute, whistle, percussion) also plays in Hapsala and the Portland Megaband. Fran has a long history with contra dancing and contra dance music as a former resident of Massachusetts, a founding member of the Oregon Country Dance Orchestra and one of the first to play for contra dancing at the Northwest Folklife Festival, in 1982. Soaring across the music, her whistles and flutes add a bright and lively energy to the Hands4 sound.

Photo of Keith

Keith Moe (fiddle, mandolin) is a decade-plus veteran of the Portland Megaband and was a member of the former contra dance band the Steeltones for several years. He played classical violin, tenor guitar, and uke in his younger days before discovering Scottish fiddle in Maine in the early '90s, which led him eventually to the joys of contra dance and its music. Keith lays down a steady lead and groove on both fiddle and mandolin.

Photo of Carl

Carl Thor (piano) also plays in Cascade Crossing, Celtinalia, Talisman, and is a veteran of the Portland Megaband. His varied, driving and rhythmic piano style propels the music and the dancers ever forward, and his hand is evident in many of the band's harmonies and arrangements.

Photo of Rich

Rich Goss (percussion) joined Hands4 in 2008 after performing in several Austin, Texas bands prior to moving to Portland. He currently plays in Cascade Crossing, Talisman, and the Portland Megaband, and he calls for contra dances throughout the Northwest and across the U.S.

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Hands4 Demo Tracks   listen


Click on the links to hear samples of Hands4's music (MP3 format).

  1. St. James Street
    (2:49, reel, ©2005, Hank Laramee)
  2. Columbia River Fog / Nehalem Bay / The Black Scoter
    (4:05, reels, ©2004, Carl Thor / ©2004, Hank Laramee / ©2002, Hank Laramee)
  3. Mr. Bob's Farewell
    (2:21, waltz, ©2007, Carl Thor)

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Hands4 History


Hands4 first performed in 2004. Here is a listing of the places we've played since then.

Date Event Location Caller
-- 2017 -- -- 2017 -- -- 2017 -- -- 2017 --
Sun. 7/9/17 (Stepwise) wedding Sherwood, OR Sue Baker
Sat. 6/10/17 Eugene contra dance Village School, Eugene, OR Laurel Thomas
Mon. 5/29/17 (Stepwise) Northwest Folklife Festival Seattle Center, Seattle Rich Goss
Sat. 5/20/17 Corvallis contra dance FCC Gatton Hall, Corvallis, OR William Watson
Fri. 5/19/17 (Stepwise) Hillsboro contra dance Oddfellows Lodge, Hillsboro, OR Rich Goss
Sat. 4/15/17 Southern Oregon contra dance The Grove, Ashland, OR Noah Grunzweig
Sat. 2/25/17 PCDC contra dance Fulton CC, Portland Laurel Thomas
Sat. 2/11/17 Olympia contra dance South Bay Grange, Olympia WA Suzanne Girardot
-- 2016 -- -- 2016 -- -- 2016 -- -- 2016 --
Fri. 10/21/16 Emerald City contra dance Phinney CC, Seattle Maureen Collier
Thu. 10/20/16 Lake City contra dance Lake City CC, Seattle Eric Curl
Fri. 10/14/16 Contra in the Couve! Hazel Dell Grange, Vancouver WA Marlin Prowell
Sat. 10/8/16 (Stepwise) Wedding reception Canby, OR Rich Goss
Sat. 7/9/16 (Stepwise w/ Lori Prime) PCDC contra dance Fulton CC, Portland, OR Rich Goss
Wed. 6/15/16 (Stepwise) Newberg contra dance Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR Laurel Thomas
Sat. 6/11/16 (Stepwise) Club party Mountaindale, OR Rich Goss
Sun. 5/29/16 NW Folklife Festival Seattle, WA Laurel Thomas
Sat. 5/21/16 Corvallis contra dance FCC Gatton Hall, Corvallis, OR Eric Curl
Sat. 1/23/16 PCDC contra dance Fulton CC, Portland, OR Sue Baker
Sat. 1/9/16 Eugene contra dance Dunn School, Eugene, OR Karen Marshall
-- 2015 -- -- 2015 -- -- 2015 -- -- 2015 --
Sat. 10/17/15 Vancouver contra dance St. James Hall, Vancouver, BC Laura Mé Smith
Fri. 10/16/15 Emerald City contra dance Phinney CC, Seattle, WA Laura Mé Smith
Wed. 9/16/15 (trio) Newberg contra dance Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR Rich Goss
Fri. 9/11/15 Contra in the Couve! Hazel Dell Grange, Vancouver, WA Laurel Thomas
Sat. 6/13/15 Seattle East Side contra dance Juanita CC, Kirkland, WA Laura Mé Smith
Sat. 5/16/15 Ashland contra dance The Grove, Ashland, OR Laurel Thomas
Fri. 4/17/15 (trio) Anniversary party Portland, OR Rich Goss
Sun. 3/15/15 Portland Roadhouse showcase Milwaukie CC, Milwaukie, OR Michael Karcher
Sat. 2/21/15 Corvallis contra dance FCC Gatton Hall, Corvallis, OR Laurel Thomas
Sat. 2/14/15 Olympia contra dance South Bay Grange, Olympia, WA Jay Finkelstein
-- 2014 -- -- 2014 -- -- 2014 -- -- 2014 --
Sat. 9/6/14 1st Saturday contra dance Fulton CC, Portland, OR Tarka Ayres
Sun. 8/17/14 Wedding reception Silver Falls State Park, OR Sue Baker
Sat. 5/24/14 NW Folklife Festival Seattle, WA Noah Grunzweig
Fri. 5/16/14 Emerald City contra dance Phinney CC, Seattle, WA Noah Grunzweig
Sat. 3/15/14 Corvallis contra dance FCC Gatton Hall, Corvallis, OR Noah Grunzweig
Sun. 3/9/14 Portland Roadhouse showcase Milwaukie CC, Milwaukie, OR William Watson
Sat. 1/11/14 PCDC family dance &
PCDC contra dance
Fulton CC, Portland, OR Amy Carroll
-- 2013 -- -- 2013 -- -- 2013 -- -- 2013 --
Fri. 12/13/13 Contra in The Couve! Hazel Dell Grange, Vancouver, WA David Kaynor
Thu. 11/7/13 Lake City contra dance Lake City CC, Seattle, WA Lindsey Dono
Sat. 9/28/13 Eugene contra dance Dunn School, Eugene, OR Brooke Friendly
Sat 7/6/13 1st Saturday contra dance Fulton CC, Portland, OR Noah Grunzweig
Sat. 6/15/13 (trio) H.S. graduation party Beaverton, OR Rich Goss
Sun. 2/17/13 Vancouver English Country dance Legion Hall, Vancouver, BC Mary Devlin
Sat. 2/16/13 Vancouver contra dance St. James Hall, Vancouver, BC Mary Devlin
Sat. 1/19/13 Corvallis contra dance FCC Gatton Hall, Corvallis, OR Tarka Ayres
-- 2012 -- -- 2012 -- -- 2012 -- -- 2012 --
Sat. 10/27/12 PCDC contra dance Fulton CC, Portland, OR Mary Devlin
Fri. 10/26/12 Emerald City contra dance Phinney CC, Seattle, WA Adam Carlson &
Lindsey Dono
Sun. 5/27/12 NW Folklife Festival Seattle, WA Marianne Tatom Letts
Sat. 4/14/12 Bend community contra dance Boys & Girls Club, Bend, OR James Hutson
Sat. 3/17/12 Tacoma contra dance Christ Church Wells Hall, Tacoma, WA Kat DiFoxfire Wilson
Fri. 3/9/12 Contra in The Couve! Hazel Dell Grange, Vancouver, WA Maureen Collier
Sat. 2/11/12 Olympia contra dance South Bay Grange, Olympia, WA Jay Finkelstein
-- 2011 -- -- 2011 -- -- 2011 -- -- 2011 --
Thu. 11/3/11 Lake City contra dance Lake City CC, Seattle, WA William Watson
Sat. 9/10/11 Eugene contra dance Cesar Chavez School, Eugene, OR Tom & Amy Wimmer
Sat. 5/21/11 Astoria contra dance Netel Grange, Astoria, OR Anne Marie Schaefer
Fri. 5/6/11 Emerald City Contra Dance Phinney NC, Seattle, WA Jay Finkelstein
Fri. 4/8/11 Contra in The Couve! Hazel Dell Grange, Vancouver, WA Mary Devlin
Sat. 3/26/11 North Coast contra dance NCRD gym, Nehalem, OR Stacy Rose
Sat. 3/19/11 Corvallis contra dance FCC Gatton Hall, Corvallis, OR Susie Kendig
-- 2010 -- -- 2010 -- -- 2010 -- -- 2010 --
Thu. 10/28/10 Lake City contra dance Lake City CC, Seattle, WA Marianne Tatom Letts
Mon. 5/31/10 NW Folklife Festival Seattle, WA Susie Kendig
Thu. 5/20/10 Evergreen State College contra dance CRC/Gym, Olympia, WA Anne Marie Schaefer
Sat.4/10/10 Bend community contra dance Kenwood School, Bend, OR Silas Minyard
Sun. 3/14/10 Portland Roadhouse showcase Milwaukie CC, Milwaukie, OR Sue Baker
Sat. 2/27/10 Eugene contra dance Cesar Chavez School, Eugene, OR Woody Lane
-- 2009 -- -- 2009 -- -- 2009 -- -- 2009 --
Sat.11/14/09 PCDC family dance &
PCDC contra dance
Fulton CC, Portland, OR Sherry Nevins
Sat. 10/17/09 Corvallis contra dance FCC Gatton Hall, Corvallis, OR Keith Tuxhorn
Sat. 9/19/09 Wedding reception Hillsboro, OR Mark Lewis
Thu. 8/27/09 New student event Reed College, Portland, OR Elinor Preston
Fri. 8/14/09 Emerald City contra dance Phinney CC, Seattle, WA Hal Mueller
Sat. 6/13/09 Eugene contra dance Cesar Chavez School, Eugene, OR Sue Baker
-- 2008 -- -- 2008 -- -- 2008 -- -- 2008 --
Fri. 11/21/08 Emerald City contra dance Phinney CC, Seattle, WA Laura Me Smith
Thu. 11/20/08 Lake City contra dance Lake City CC, Seattle, WA Warren Argo
Sat. 11/8/08 PCDC family dance &
PCDC contra dance
Fulton CC, Portland, OR Sherry Nevins
Mon. 5/26/08 NW Folklife Festival Seattle, WA Joseph Erhard-Hudson
Sat. 3/22/08 Astoria contra dance Netel Grange, Astoria, OR Stacy Rose
Fri. 3/14/08 Emerald City contra dance Phinney CC, Seattle, WA Joseph Erhard-Hudson
Fri. 2/8/08 Corvallis contra dance FCC Gatton Hall, Corvallis, OR Tim Gojio
-- 2007 -- -- 2007 -- -- 2007-- -- 2007 --
Sat. 11/17/07 Corvallis contra dance Corvallis, OR Stacy Rose
Sat. 8/11/07 PCDC contra dance Fulton CC, Portland, OR Merilee Karr
-- 2006 -- -- 2006 -- -- 2006-- -- 2006 --
Tue. 3/14/06 School carnival dance Marysville Elem. School, Portland, OR Rich Goss
Sun. 2/12/06 Contra dance Blanco, TX Rich MacMath
Sat. 2/11/06 Houston contra dance Houston, TX Rich Goss
Fri. 2/10/06 English Country dance Austin, TX Cynthia Stenger & Dave Macemon
Sun. 2/5/06 Couple dance workshop Dallas, TX Rhonda Beckman
Sat. 2/4/06 Dallas contra dance Dallas, TX Rich Goss
Fri. 2/3/06 Austin contra dance Austin, TX Rich Goss
-- 2005 -- -- 2005 -- -- 2005-- -- 2005 --
Sat. 12/10/05 PCDC contra dance Fulton CC, Portland, OR John Gallagher
Sat. 11/26/05 Eugene contra dance Kelly Middle School, Eugene, OR Elinor Preston
Fri. 11/4/05 Emerald City contra dance Phinney CC, Seattle, WA John Gallagher
Thu. 10/20/05 Waltz Eclectic dance Sellwood CC, Portland, OR n/a
Sat. 9/17/05 Corvallis contra dance FCC Gatton Hall, Corvallis, OR Erik Weberg
Sat. 7/9/05 NW Folklife Arts & Trails dance Sacajawea State Park, Pasco, WA Joseph Erhard-Hudson
Sat. 6/25/05 PCDC contra dance Fulton CC, Portland, OR Tim Gojio
Sat. 6/11/05 Eugene contra dance Kelly Middle School, Eugene, OR Elinor Preston
Sat. 5/28/05 NW Folklife Festival Seattle, WA Gordy Euler
Fri. 5/20/05 Birthday party dance Vancouver, WA Rich Goss
Sat. 5/14/05 NW Folklife Arts & Trails dance Ft. Columbia State Park, Chinook, WA Dave Ambrose
Sat. 2/26/05 Open band church dance Vancouver, WA Mary Devlin
Sun. 2/20/05 Pancake breakfast Bay City Arts Center, Bay City, OR n/a
Sat. 2/19/05 North Coast contra dance White Clover Grange, Nehalem, OR Hank Laramee
-- 2004 -- -- 2004 -- -- 2004-- -- 2004 --
Sat. 10/9/04 MCFS country dance Rockford Grange, Hood River, OR Caroline Oakley


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