Hello, come on in – meet Jo Cresswell…

Dance was her first love. She recalls it felt as natural as breathing.

Introduced to bushdances at the local woolshed it was a short step to learning the instrument that leads the dancers. With a concertina in her hands . . . or as often in her bike pannier . . . she travelled the world gathering to her the dance tunes of England, Ireland, the US and Scotland.

She is an accomplished melody player, accompanist and composer as well as a teacher of Celtic music and traditional and improvised dance.

She has performed as a member of various dance and concert bands including The Hudson Bay Company (USA) and The Perfect Cure, Kilkenny and Halliracket in Australia. Her concert repertoire on piano and concertina has come to the fore in duos with guitarist Dave O’Neill (Eric Bogle Band & The Bushwackers); American flautist Kris Willits; instrumentalist Ben Stephenson (Trouble in the Kitchen) & fiddler Sarah Davies (Spoot O Skerry).

As an arts administrator she has managed numerous festivals, events, conferences, workshops and residential retreats. Jo was for 6 years the Assistant Director of the Australian National Folk Festival, and is a founding member of Folk Alliance Australia, Australia’s peak folk organisation.

Jo performs regularly and teaches Celtic music, step dance, piano, concertina and musicianship. Her business, the Celtic Arts Agency, fosters these and other activities.

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