After more than 16 years as a touring band, Great Bear continues to push the boundaries and explore new sounds for modern contra dance music. Multi-instrumentalist brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand are ably accompanied by their mother Kim Yerton on piano. Their driving rhythm, epic dynamics and uniquely rocking style have given them a loyal following of all ages. They are often joined by Dana Billings on the drums, Chris Miller on Saxophone and woodwinds and Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens on clarinet.
In addition to touring with Great Bear, Andrew and Noah are involved in a variety of musical projects. Noah is one half of the dance band Buddy System, with Julie Vallimont. Andrew plays with Seaglass, with Rachel Bell and Eileen Nicholson, and Triple A, with Amy Englesburg and Audrey Knuth.
Kim teaches an array of students private piano and fiddle lessons at her home in Fulton, NY.