Green Grass Cloggers and Little Stony Nighthawks
Formed among college students in Greenville, NC, the Green Grass Cloggers create distinctive choreography by combining square dance figures with original and traditional percussive steps.
The resulting dance style influenced performance clogging teams around the world when the original 1970s group and later the 1980s touring portion of the group traveled extensively to folk festivals across the US and Canada and to several international events.
Today, the group includes dancers based in Asheville and Greenville, NC, who combine their talents whenever possible to provide lively performances with colorful calico flying to peppy old-time or bluegrass music.
The Little Stony Nighthawks are a dance party string band well-versed in the repertoires of Old Time, Country, and First-Wave Bluegrass.
Named for Little Stony Creek, the roaring stream that feeds the Cascades Falls of Giles County, Virginia, the group interprets songs and fiddle tunes from all along the Appalachian watersheds with a dance beat rooted in the traditions of southwest Virginia and western North Carolina.
The combination of square dance and flatfoot-friendly tunes with two-step and waltz numbers—featuring close-knit two, three, and four-part harmony singing—make this band equally at home in dance halls or onstage at festivals.
The Nighthawks are: Steve Kruger (fiddle), Brandon Holder (bass), Trevor McKenzie (guitar), and Aaron Ratcliffe (banjo/dance calls).