Larry Edelman has called dances and played music for more than 40 years. As a caller he delights both novice and veteran dancers with his humor, enthusiasm, skillful teaching, knowledge of dance history, and colorful calling. Larry travels widely and has called and played for dances and has taught hundreds of workshops at camps throughout the U.S. and in Europe, including the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Ashokan, Augusta, Pinewoods, Lady of the Lake, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, and many more. He has served as the coordinator of Dance Week at the Augusta Heritage Arts Workshop and the Country Dance and Song Society’s American Dance Week at Pinewoods.
As a musician, Larry plays old-time music on the fiddle, mandolin, and guitar and plays in several bands, including the Soda Rock Ramblers, the Percolators, and the Prairie Chickens. Since moving to Colorado about 20 years ago, Larry has been studying and collecting traditional music and dances from the southwest.
Larry is an avid researcher of square dancing and a video producer. During the 1980s while collecting traditional square dances in southwestern Pennsylvania, he was awarded a Fellowship in Folk Arts from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to study with elder caller Jerry Goodwin, and produced the movie Dance to the Music and Listen to the Calls that documented the apprenticeship (http://squaredancehistory.org/items/show/913). Larry also produced Yee Haw, a quirky and informative movie of how square dancing has been portrayed in historical, non-theatrical motion pictures. Larry recently produced a documentary of an elder southwestern singer and fiddler, Eva Nuanez: Memories of My Musical Life (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BecXHAMsXM). He is currently producing several documentaries on a variety of topics, including the Lancers as danced at the Independence Grange Hall in Independence, Pennsylvania in 1985, on couples dances at rural square dances, and square dancing in Missouri. Larry is a Consultant to the Square Dance History Project.