If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution.
--Emma Goldman

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Talisman Music is your contact point for music performances of several types. Here is a summary; follow the links for more information.

Carl Thor

Carl Thor performs magic with the hammered dulcimer whether playing in a band or as a soloist. He also provides driving yet lyrical piano for contra dance and English Country dance, as well as original songs and instrumental pieces, electronica, ragtime, and even a little jazz.


Our newest project, Celtinalia brings together two seasoned performers in a duo combining Celtic harp and hammered dulcimer in transcendent music lightens the spirit and feeds the soul. Woodwinds, mandolin, piano and vocals are also part of the mix. The Celtinalia duo is available to play at wineries, cafes, art galleries, weddings, festivals, farmers markets, and private parties.

Cascade Crossing

Cascade Crossing has developed a reputation on the Pacific Northwest contra dance circuit for their stylistic range, dynamic arrangements, and driving energy. Playing as a quartet since 2006, Cascade Crossing is also ideally suited for wedding and party events, when they can play as a trio, with built-in caller Rich Goss, leading the dances.


Hands4 has enlivened dance halls throughout the Pacific Northwest since 2004 with their high-energy music. Playing mostly original tunes penned by band members and others in a wide variety of styles, Hands4 can truly say that what they deliver is “not your usual contra tunes.” Their subset, Stepwise, provides a more traditional repertoire in a more flexible configuration, ideal for smaller dances, wedding dances, or parties.


Talisman has been producing its percolating blend of Celtic, American and original folk music since the mid-nineties. The current four-piece band features fiddle, flutes, hammered dulcimer, guitar and voice. Talisman has released two CDs, and is available to play for festivals, farmers markets, pubs, cafes, weddings and private parties. Duo or trio configurations are also possible.