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Balance and Swing’, comprised of Susan and John Reading and Tina Gugeler have been providing high energy music for the Front Range contra dance scene and beautiful music for weddings in the Colorado mountains since 1993.  All three were part of the founding members of ContraFusion.  From there, they formed the trio to ease rehearsal scheduling and to lower costs allowing them to land more paying gigs.  The group proved to be very popular and in 1995 became the regular band for the monthly Zesty Contra dances.  BAS has performed at a variety of festivals and dance camps and each individual can be found lurking in other constellations of bands throughout the region.  In addition to dance venues, BAS has also performed at various festivals and summer events in Colorado including the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, the Peoples Fair, the Renaissance Faire, Westminster Artist Series, Wells Fargo Culture Fest, and others.

Sue learned to play fiddle in New England in the early 70’s.  She had contact with some of the finest fiddlers in that region and has played consistently with contra dance bands and traditional musicians since then.  She relocated to Colorado in 1991 with John and became involved in the traditional music community.  Sue has a large repertoire and enjoys playing anywhere, anytime.

Tina, originally from Louisiana, made her way to the Denver area after taking the long way around through Ketchikan, Alaska.  Tina started her hammered dulcimer career in Ketchikan in 1986 playing for local contra dances.  In 1992 Tina won the Colorado State hammered dulcimer championship and in 2000 went on to win the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship in Winfield, KS.  In addition to her work with BAS, she does solo performances and teaches.

John has the best of all worlds.  He gets to play with great musicians, takes his wife with him almost always, and basks in the glow of the dancers as they move to the strong piano bass lines and rhythmic chords he so enjoys.  If you listen carefully, you’ll hear the influence of his former life as a jazz musician in the Boston area.  John is equally at home in many different venues and can play gigs from English Country dances to jazz standards, big band swing to vocal accompaniment.

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