Trip to Nelson is a contra dance band based in the contra dance capital of the world, Nelson, NH. The band's name comes from a lovely jig (which is included on the album) from Pete Sutherland, who wrote it in 1984 after playing for a concert in Nelson. It was part of the repertoire of the band Fresh Fish, which was the late Kerry Elkin on fiddle and Trip to Nelson pianist Gordon Peery - active from 1985 - 1995. Gordon introduced the tune to his new band mates (none of whom were even born yet when it was written), and it took hold. Thanks to Pete for his blessing on using the name for our band. Our music is joyful and energizing. It's music for contra dancing, but with this album we're able to put the tunes in a different context - dancers will appreciate it, but so will anyone who likes rich harmonies and creative arrangements.