Strath Hanna

Music for Scottish Country Dancing, for English Country and Contra Dancing, and for listening

Strath Hanna is a celtic band based in State College, PA. We play mostly Scottish and English traditional music, both for dancing and for listening. One of our specialties is playing for Scottish Country Dancing, and our members include a dancer, so we know our music from a dancer's point of view. In our home town we play for dance parties for the Nittany Scottish Country Dancers. We also enjoy playing for English country dancing and for contra dancing. Our name is motivated by the straths (valleys) of Scotland and hannas (creeks) of Central Pennsylvania. (Just north of our home town, we have the Moshannon Creek, or Moss Hanna = Moose Creek.)

Here are recordings of a selection of the music we play: Some more recordings are on their way.

Depending on the situation, we play with two to four of our band members: John Collins (piano), Matt Carlson (fiddle), Toby Carlson (recorder/whistle/viola da gamba), Betsy Gamble (fiddle), Kurt Kroeker (fiddle), Patty Lambert (flute/whistle/concertina), and Ray Najjar (string bass), sometimes with other guest musicians.

For more information contact:

John Collins, +1 (814) 234-6940. E-mail: strathhanna at verizon dot net
(Web page last modified 4 Feb. 2018.)