Zeke's Fancy takes traditional dance music from Appalachia and the British Isles, combines it with swing, and creates driving music for contra dance. The members of Zeke’s Fancy combine rich musical backgrounds in traditional, bluegrass, classical and jazz and bring it all to the dance.
Zeke Hutchison, mandolin, grew up with music all around. Both his grandfathers played the fiddle and his father and uncle performed nationally as the Hutchison Brothers. Zeke recently recorded with Tim O’Brien on his Short Order Sessions, and writes that Zeke “is one of the very best unsung mandolin players in the world.” Listen to Zeke on one tune and you will agree.
Mark Barsamian started out playing classical violin and viola and now brings wonderful tone and powerful technique to old-time, contra, Irish and Scottish tunes. A long-time contra dancer, Mark knows which tune to match with which dance for maximum dance drive.
Paul Brown is a two time Ohio state champion banjo player and has placed in the top 5 at the National Bluegrass Banjo Championships in Winfield, Kansas twice. His highly melodic style is heavily influenced by his fiddle playing, for which he also has won numerous awards. He currently teaches advanced banjo at Denison University.
Dave Borowski is a guitarist and bassist whose deepest musical roots are in country, swing, jazz, and blues. He also plays with Zeke's uncle in J.D. Hutchison and Realbilly Jive, and in the roots-rock Athens-based band, The Wing Nuts.
Nick Weiland started out as the drummer in a 60’s garage band and has taken a long musical road to arrive at contra dance. He is also the bassist for the Hotpoint Stringband and brings their rhythm and drive to Zeke’s Fancy.