Connie Smith

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Connie Smith studied classical piano at the Interlochen Arts Academy and graduated with a degree in music education in 1980. A dance musician for more than thirty years, she started playing contra dances with a group called Chili Tones in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1980. After moving to Grand Junction in 1992 with her husband Greg, she had two sons and then started the group Blarney Pilgrim with friend Ron Young. She and Ron started the contra dance series in Grand Junction in 1999, then changed the band name to Fifth Reel to embrace new kinds of music they were starting to play. 

Connie is also a member of Rosewood & Ivory with Mick Wilson.
Together they play many contra dance tunes as well as light classical, swing, jazz and world music.

When not playing music, Connie is also known as Kani in the art world where she paints, makes jewelry, clocks and framed collage pieces. 

She is happy to say that her older son Ben is an avid Contra Dancer and has even called a dance or two.

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Fifth Reel 2012