Hailing from New England, Nova is a contra dance band that weaves the sounds of fiddle, accordion, and guitar into a rich tapestry of sound. Nova draws from both traditional repertoire and original compositions to create versatile, high energy and driving dance music.

In the spring of 2013, Kathleen Fownes (Fiddle) introduced Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin (Accordion and Piano) to Everest Witman (Guitar and Feet). The trio’s undeniable chemistry became apparent as soon as they started playing. They continued to play together informally whenever possible, until 2014 when Nova began performing and playing dances. Nova plays local dances, dance weekends, festivals, concerts, and weddings throughout New England and beyond.

Kimaya Diggs

Kimaya is a lifelong performer and teaching artist.

Kimaya first went on tour as a workshop leader at age eleven, when she took her homegrown and self-directed children's music trio on the road to local schools and libraries, teaching international music from 20 distinct vocal traditions spanning 27 languages.

Since then, Kimaya has toured for several months over three continents, performing and teaching vocal music in workshops with participants of all ages. Currently she teaches elementary- and high-school-aged students, both in ensembles and in private lessons tailored specifically to the developing voice.

With a deep love for collaboration, Kimaya has contributed writing and music to plays, operas, podcasts, recordings, and TV shows as a contributing writer, librettist, lyricist, songwriter, and devising artist.

She is currently recording her first solo album.

$15/Adv, $18/Door, $10/Student


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