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Bill Olson (New in 2018)


Bill Olson is a guitar and acoustic bass player from Maine. His guitar style is rhythmically driving and very supportive of the melody and he plays regularly in Québecois, Cajun, Old Time and New England styles . He is also known at home and abroad as a contradance caller and choreographer. Bill has played and called for dances in over 25 states. His dance compositions, known for their high potential energy and excellent flow, and are called by contradance callers all over the world.

Bill started playing guitar in 1958, dancing in 1976, calling in 1985, and playing bass in 1993. He has been singing all his life. Bill plays with many bands: the Maine-based Cajun dance band, Jimmyjo & the Jumbol'Ayuhs; folk trio T-Acadie; Maine contradance band Scrod Pudding; and northeast regional dance band: "A Bunch of Old Guys" with David Kaynor, George Wilson and David Guertin. He also accompanies fiddle/dulcimer/piano/cello player and teacher and singer Pam Weeks in many settings. Bill is assistant director at Maine Fiddle Camp in Montville, Maine, where he also teaches guitar and upright bass.