Childsplay's over two dozen musicians are made up of some of the leading virtuosos in traditional dance, jazz, swing, English country, Appalachian and Swedish music. When playing altogether the sound is a vibrant, powerful and eclectic experience which surrounds listeners and dancers alike -- playful, innovative and driving. In smaller groupings Childsplay's members can authentically present the elegance of the 17th century English dance music, the lilting beauty of Celtic jigs and airs, the driving rhythms of hoe-downs from the mountains of the Southern United States, the smoky improvisations of jazz or the wild syncopations of chorinho music from Brazil and Venezuela.
Tying together these far-ranging stylists are their instruments -- each of the musicians plays a violin made by band member Bob Childs. In his workshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Bob produces instruments with a deep, sweet and dark sound whose quality has captured the interest of leading string performers through the United States and beyond. The list of owners of his violins and violas is a roll call of Americaís eminent folk instrumentalists, including:
Childsplay has performed at many concert halls and dances throughout the United States including being featured in concert at the Smithsonian Institute (the National Museum for History and Art and the Museum of American Culture) in Washington, D.C., Camp Wannadance Uptown in Seattle, Washington, at Victoriaís Revenge Dance Weekend in Cape May, N.J. and at the New England Folk Festival in Natick, Massachusetts.