The Quarks

Quarks waltz gig

The Quarks, live, in Portland OR

The Quarks are an exciting Northwest band featuring Betsy Branch on fiddle and guitar, Bill Tomczak on clarinet, saxophone and percussion, and Terry Wergeland on piano and accordion.  Betsy and Terry have played together for dances since 1994, and when Bill moved to Portland in 2012, he was thrilled to join forces with them.  With their mix of instruments and improvisatory natures, plus their deft interweaving of dance-music genres, you never know what to expect from this trio, other than stimulating and inventive dance music.  Their delight in playing together translates to the dance floor, and you are likely to hear plenty of laughter from the stage.  When not playing, they love to pontificate about the mysteries of the universe (like how 3 quarks form a particle), thus inspiring the band name.  The band is available to play for contra dances, English Country Dances, and couple dance events.

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 Bill Tomczak               Betsy Branch           Terry Wergeland