Duck for the Oyster Announces Dissolution

We are very sorry to report that Duck for the Oyster is currently in the process of dissolving as a band and we have no future dances scheduled. Formed in 1989 by fiddler, Kevin McMullin, and caller, Karen Kaufman, the band quickly acquired mandolinist, Larry Stelter, and guitarist, Norm Pederson. We have been playing, organizing and teaching traditional American and international folk dances ever since. During our 27 years together the band has played hundreds of dances in town halls and community centers, as well as at festivals, weddings, and anniversaries. Throughout our time together our central mission has always been to establish and strengthen the bonds between people of diverse backgrounds through dance and music.


Many musicians have contributed to the evolution of “The Ducks”. Caller Kathy Brihn joined the band shortly after it formed and bassist, Bruce Qualey, signed on in 1996. In 2012, guitarist, Eric Maki added his efforts to the mix. Other regular members of the band over the years were Bill Elmer on Bass, Tom Draughon and the late Bob Clark both on guitar. In addition dozens of prestigious performers have taken roles as Ducks du Jour including: Randy Sabien, Jane Aleckson, Brian Barnes, Dennis Kinsel, Jed Malischke and Mark Boggie.


From 1995-2009 Duck for the Oyster ran Joining the Circle – a dance and music camp – at the Hunt Hill Sanctuary in Sarona, WI. For hundreds of attendees of all ages it became an annual retreat for nourishing creativity, friendship and community. Some of America’s great folk dance teachers, bands and musicians were instructors at the camp including Bob Bovee, the late Gail Heil, Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, Pig’s Eye Landing, Bistra Voda, The Buffalo Gals, Carol Ormand, Sue Hulsether, Tim Reese, Terrence Smith, and many others. The Camp was famous for its delicious meals designed and prepared by Anathoth’s own Barb Kass and Mike Miles.


During our career Duck for the Oyster released 2 CDs: Migrations – a collection of international dances tunes artfully combined in creative medleys; and May We Have This Dance –  a collection of American folk dances tunes accompanied by a booklet giving directions and tips for learning and performing the accompanying dances. Both are available here.


Duck for the Oyster would like to thank all of the dancers who have come to our dances and helped build and nourish community in so many diverse places.  We hope we’ll have the chance to meet again on a dance floor sometime. Until then, thanks for your support over the years and, by all means, keep dancing!