The Moving Violations

The Moving Violations


Driving double fiddle harmonies, strong rhythm, and affectionate abondon prevail. Original compositions as well as traditional Celtic, Eastern European, Swedish, Klezmer, and Classical are all fair game for The Moving Violations.


About the Band:

The Moving Violations have a playful, lawless energy that transcends borders of countries and encourages spontaneity and improvisation. Original compositions, Celtic, Eastern European, New England Traditional, Scandinavian, Klezmer, and Classical are all fair game at a Moving Violations contra dance. While these combinations make unusual bedfellows, the band can show you how even a Balkan "Kolo" can work well for a contra dance. Although obviously not attached to tradition, the band prefers acoustic instruments, including piano, and never loses sight that this is dance music.


"This wonderfully talented quintet of players [. . .] revolutionized the New England dance scene by playing traditional tunes in strange and wonderful ways."

-- T.D. Sing Out magazine

"The Moving Violations presents another side of contra music, with a fusion approach that adds their arrangements of dance tunes from Scandanavia and Eastern Europe to contra's Anglo-Celtic framework, all played with affectionate abandon. Their smoothly layered sound is as diverse as their repertoire, as twin fiddles blend with various mixtures of piano, accordion, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, and percussion."

--Tom Nelligan, Dirty Linen magazine


2 CDs: "Faster than a Walk", and "Quick Spin"

Samples may be heard at or at CDbaby

Set List

"Quick Spin" CD track list:

1. Chasing My Tail by Van Kaynor / Getting Started by Van Kaynor / Feathers and Bones by Van Kaynor 4:50

Like most of Van’s tunes, these came to him during his serene, creative time in Nova Scotia. Chasing My Tail describes how the phrase endings run back into the beginning. The names are self explanatory, except for Feathers And Bones, which only describes what he found that day behind the kitchen stove.

2. Lyme Jig by Van Kaynor / Farewell to the Taliban by Keith Murphy / Dragonfly Reel by Van Kaynor 4:27

Lyme Jig was written during Van’s first bout of Lyme disease. Perhaps that explains why this tune is a bit bizarre. We always hear hoots and hollers when we play Keith’s mesmerizing tune, Farewell To The Taliban. After observing dragonflies at Elliot Lake in Nova Scotia, Van wrote Dragonfly Reel. Listen for them darting about in the B parts!

3. Julottan by Mats Wallman 3:19

Swedish - meaning first