NEWS: Susan Conant's CD, "A New Leaf," was published in January, 2007. It features Susan on flute and other instruments playing original chamber works, with other musicians including Jacqueline Schwab.
O'er the Border is a country dance band. Our members used to live in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois, USA. Every time we got together at least one of us had to cross a state line -- whence our name.
Primarily, we play for Scottish country dancing, but we are also available for ceilidh dancing, barn dancing, New England contra dancing or English country dancing.
The band has three regular members: Susan Conant (flutes, whistles, percussion), David Mullen (fiddle, percussion) and Mike Briggs (piano, accordion, percussion). Occasionally we are joined by Francis Deck on stand-up bass and John Whitehouse on percussion.
We have played for dances in Madison, Racine and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in St Charles, Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and in Ann Arbor, Michigan; for weekend workshops in Oregon, Illinois (June, 2001; Chicago Branch, RSCDS) and in Minnesota (November, 2001; Twin Cities Branch, RSCDS); and at the Wisconsin Highland Games in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in 2003. In 2003 we sang and played for a St Patrick's Day party in Chicago. Our wedding dates have included a Scottish-Jewish union on the shore of Silver Lake, Wisconsin (where the repertoire included Hava Nagila), and an appearance at Folklore Village, Dodgeville, Wisconsin, where we played during the ceremony and afterwards for English Country Dancing. In the fall of 2004 we played for dancing and listening, and led singing, for the Scottish Heritage Society of Iowa in Des Moines. On Labor Day 2005 and 2006 we played at the Fox Valley Folk Festival.
Here are some sets of tunes for Scottish country dancing.