traveler Robin Petrie has been deeply involved
in dance (Scottish, ballet, flamenco, middle-eastern,
Balkan) since childhood and has played hammered dulcimer
and recorded numerous albums since 1980, touring the US,
Europe and the Southern Hemisphere extensively. Though
focusing initially on British Isles and French music,
her current work includes music from many cultures
around the globe. She also has a major soft spot for
both Cajun and New Orleans music and culture.
She has recorded two solo albums
for the Gourd
label, as well as participating in a great many
other recordings on Gourd and other labels, having
worked with Danny Carnahan, Junji Shirota, Martin
Simpson, Henry Kaiser, Richard Thompson, and many,
many others. Her santour playing is featured on the 2005
award-winning Beautiful Dreamer - the Songs of
Stephen Foster. A Bay Area native, she
currently divides her time between Bonny Doon and
current performing work includes:
Panacea, right, a group that includes violinist Shira Kammen, singer Bon Singer, and accordionist Nada Lewis, which specializes in music from the five corners of Europe, and from north Africa and the Middle East, in time signatures such as 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 15, 25 and 44.
Panacea has a wonderful CD. Click here to find out
more about it.
Party of Seven, a group which includes Barry Phillips - voice, cellos, tabla & percussion, Shelley Phillips - voice, double-reeds, harp, harmonium, flutes, Peter Maund - percussion, Shira Kammen - voice, violine d'amore, vielle, rebec, harp, Kevin Carr - voice, fiddle, violine d'amore, pipes, free reeds, much else, and Paul Hostetter - voice, guitar, mandolin, other stringèd things. This group plays music from Sweden, Scotland, north Georgia, Auvergne, Madagascar, the 18th century, Gaspésie, Bulgaria, Mississippi, the 11th century, Cuba, Xinjiang, Oklahoma, Galicia, central Africa, and possibly the 21st century. More about Party of Seven here.
|Party of Four, being a
somewhat more accessible 4/7ths of the above:
Paul Hostetter, Robin Petrie, Shira Kammen, Kevin Carr.
This can also become Party of Five, and so on. And on down to Party of Two or One!
Robin Petrie and Paul Hostetter are available for concerts and events, featuring santour, guitar and assorted other instruments.
Robin Petrie is available for weddings and events of all sorts, in solo performance, and with selected aggregations from duos to small orchestra. She is also available for workshops, and for private instruction by appointment.
For bookings or further
information, email Robin
Petrie or phone 510.525.6391 or