Tempest blends traditional tunes with inventive, progressive grooves and harmonies that draw from jazz, world music, and pop/R&B. Originally formed in 2009 by Tim Ball and Chuck Abell as a contra dance band, their repertoire has expanded to include jazz standards, blues, folk songs, Irish fiddle tunes, and more.
Tempest's core band is a trio with Tim on fiddle, Chuck on guitar, and veteran sideman Harry Aceto (Clayfoot Strutters, Wild Asparagus, and many others) on bass. When we're able to, we augment that with Eric Metzgar on drums, Erik Stabnau on tenor sax, and Abe Nouri or Brendan Lanighan on trombone.
Chuck Abell (guitar, vocals) has played contra dance music for over 20 years, in bands such as Tofu Snowshoe (w/ Rebecca McCallum), the Jolly Beggars (w/ Bill Henrie), and Corazon (w/ Max Buckholtz). An eclectic musician, he also leads a swing/blues band, writes songs and calls contra dances.
Tim Ball (fiddle, vocals) plays Irish, contra dance, and classical music in too many ensembles to count. He also teaches violin, fiddle, and guitar in the Ithaca area.
Harry Aceto (bass)
Eric Metzgar (drums)
Brendan Lanighan (trombone) and Erik Stabnau (tenor sax)