Ball, Bell and VanNorstrand

Driving and inventive contradance music, stunningly beautiful waltzes and more with Tim Ball on fiddle and guitar, Rachel Bell on accordion, and Andrew VanNorstrand on fiddle, banjo and guitar.

Tim Ball

Tim Ball  |  Visit Tim’s website

Tim has been a staple of the contra dance and Irish music scenes in western New York for the better part of a decade. An exceptionally versatile musician and relentless collaborator, he is currently performing throughout the Northeast with his Celtic trio Arise & Go, contra dance bands Tempest and Center Street, and Ithaca’s Irish session band Traonach.

As a teacher or staff musician, he has been on faculty at week-long camps such as American Dance & Music week at Pinewoods (MA), the Ithaca Suzuki Institute (NY), and the Kanack School Fiddle Camp (Rochester, NY).


Rachel Bell

Rachel Bell  |  Visit Rachel’s website

Rachel is an accordion player, tunesmith, and music teacher from the wilds of Pennsylvania. She is in demand throughout the United States and beyond for concerts, contra dances, English country dances, French dances, workshops and children’s classes.

Over a decade of musical travel has landed her smack-dab in the middle of some of her most exciting projects ever. A vibrant and versatile collaboration with Karen Axelrod, exquisite violin and viola sounds from Eric Martin, a rich and energetic contra dance band called Seaglass, and a slew of French-focused music and dance adventures with Susan Kevra are just the tip of the iceberg. A recent addition has been a joyful musical partnership with Becky Tracy. The group of Ball, Bell and VanNorstrand and other combinations round out the mix.


Andrew VanNorstrand  |  Visit Andrew’s website

Andrew is a musician with some hard-earned credentials. Together with his brother Noah, the duo has been featured at the Lake Eden Arts Festival in NC, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in NY, KVMR Celtic Festival in CA, Suwannee Springfest in FL, Midpoint Music Festival in OH and many others.

He has toured extensively and teaches at various music camps including Ashokan Fiddle & Dance, CDSS Pinewoods and the Augusta Heritage Center. Andrew is also the program coordinator for the annual Ashokan Guitar Camp.

Andrew and Noah performed live on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” when they were in their teens. They maintain their own independent label (Great Bear Records) and produce an annual music and dance festival in Oswego, NY called The Groove.