THE FAUX PAWS
Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand first started making music with Chris Miller in 2010 and they honed their blend traveling all over North America in the popular dance band Great Bear. Ostensibly based in Brattleboro, VT - their music is a mix of fiddle tunes, bluegrass and country songs, explosive jams and tight "brother" harmonies. Noah's genre-defying fiddle and mandolin playing (along with his unique take on foot percussion) has a skillful counterpoint in Chris's saxophone and banjo, and is supported by Andrew's driving rhythm guitar.
WAKE UP ROBIN
An eclectic bi-coastal folk quartet featuring the playing of Amy Englesberg (vocals, piano, accordion), Audrey Knuth (vocals, fiddle), Andrew VanNorstrand (vocals, fiddle, guitar) and Noah VanNorstrand (mandolin, feet). Their self-titled debut album was released in 2018 on Great Bear Records.
For eighteen years GREAT BEAR set the standard and pushed the boundaries of modern contra dance music; known all over North America for their epic dynamics, genre-transcending arrangements and deep dance grooves. While the bears are currently in hibernation, you can still find their music on Bandcamp, CD Baby, iTunes, Spotify and other online music retailers.