Kate Barnes has been a constant presence in my music and dancing life since I started attending the CDSS Family Week at Ogontz in 1999 and the CDS-BC July 4 Session at Pinewoods in 2003.

I think she probably wasn't at every single session, but in my mind she was a standby. Her fun, whimsical, and virtuosic style on piano, guitar, and wind instruments were formative in the development of my own musical tastes and styles, and taught me how English Country Dance music can be beautiful, fun, raucous, and sensitive all at once.

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