About Frog Hammer
Glyn Collinson: bouzouki, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals
Glyn is a British itinerant space scientist who immigrated to the USA to "spread the good news" of English Folk Music. Unlike Scottish, Irish, and Welsh folk music, English folk music is often sadly overlooked by its own people, but is a tradition that is no less rich or vibrant. Glyn grew up listening to the folk bands that eschewed strict traditionalism, and blended elements from rock, blues, and ska, to make English folk music a living, breathing, and constantly evolving sound. Glyn's passion is for sharing this sound, with his Electra-Accoustic Guitar, his Voice, and the Irish Bouzouki which he carried with him in a battered case when he immigrated.
Andrew Marcus: piano accordion
Too modest to write his own bio, Andrew is one of the East Coast's most in-demand contra dance musicians and a versatile accordionist adept at many genres. His many bands include Callithump, Giant Robot Dance, Green Light Karma, Gift of the Marcii, Government Contra Act and Jiggermeister. He is also an accomplished Morris dancer and musician, and former foreman of the Foggy Bottom Morris Men.
Dave Casserly : sax, vocals
Dave started playing sax at a young age, and eventually attended conservatory for jazz saxophone. Dave has been playing in rock bands, jazz combos, and big bands for 20 years. While at conservatory, Dave discovered contra dancing, and has been playing for dances since 2008. After he moved to DC in 2011, he joined Frog Hammer in early 2012 and has added English Ceilidh dances to his repertoire. When not playing sax, Dave dances with rapper and longsword team Cutting Edge Sword and works as a lawyer.
Michael Ferguson: trombone
Frog Hammer's talented trombonist, Michael is a veteran of numerous bands, including the super high energy Giant Robot Dance. He also plays a roof-raising didgeridoo, and has been seen on stage with a musical saw.
Bob Collins : drums
Bob Collins has enjoyed playing drums since high school. He has played in a number of rock bands and during college played in school musicals, Jazz bands and symphonies. During graduate school when he did not have access to a trap set, he studied African drumming (Ghana) and also started playing snare drum for Morris dancing, first as a member of Ann Arbor Morris and Sword and now for Foggy Bottom Morris Men. Locally he played in the obscure party band Not for the Cynical (NFTC) and is widely not known as the first drummer for The New St. George. He greatly enjoys playing in Frog Hammer, and looks forward to growing with the band in years to come.
Jim Besser : Anglo concertina
A survivor of the 1960s Folk Scare, Jim has been playing in contra and square dance bands for more than 35 years, primarily on Anglo concertina. Current bands include The Squeezers, a trio doing an eclectic mix of music on three squeezeboxes, and Otter Loop, a traditional New England contra dance band. He is also member of a group playing for Civil War reenactment balls and played for years in the house band of an Appalachian clogging group. Since 2006 he has been musician for the Foggy Bottom Morris Men.
Richard Seidel (1950-2015)
Richard, who died on November 12, 2015, was Frog Hammer's talented, inventive bassist. He was a stalwart of the Washington, DC area music scene, playing jazz, klezmer, Scandinavian and traditional American dance music. Richard's illness was diagnosed in the first months of Frog Hammer's existence, but he played with joy and verve until several weeks before his death despite his physical decline. He is sorely missed.