Aimée Cartier—– *author *psychic *mom *wife *speaker *dabbler in comedy

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My bro: He’s a clogger. He’s a what?

Ever have on of those moments where you’re like, “Oh yeah! We’re related!” said with a huge proud beaming happy smile.  Well I have.  That’s my brother, Matt, in the middle with the fiddle.


Recently I got to see my brother on tour with Pert’ Near Sandstone. A group of four stellar blue grass musicians who not only play music that is SUPER fun, they are also lovely personable guys;

When they were at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle guess who was in the audience?  Moi, my husband, and a bunch of our friends.  And we were dancing up a storm.

Well not like my brother dances– because you see he’s their clogger.  I know, you’re saying, “WTF is a clogger?”  Or if you don’t like the F-word, “Geez, (head scratch) what’s a clogger?”  If it wasn’t for my brother I wouldn’t know either.  But you’ve got to know- because it is soooooo cool!  The easiest way to explain it is to show you.

Basically the clogger makes the music’s percussion with his feet.  Isn’t that so cool!? (Beaming proud sister!)  Matt says the difference between “clogging” and “tap” is “country” and “city”.  Well we grew up in the suburbs, but I think this fits into the “country” kind.  All that’s needed: Board.  Shoes.  Beer.  And for good measure, a jug of water.


Here’s my favorite video of them at the Boulder Theater!  Oddly, even though my brother dances to most of Pert’s songs both of these videos capture the same one!  Still, it’s my favorite.  You can really see him move.

My sister took it when Pert’ was in Colorado.  She told me she had the same experience.  She was gushing to perfect strangers, “That’s my brother!  That’s my brother!”

Here’s one more video of what he does when he’s not doing a solo (as in previous videos).

Thanks to Pert’ Near Sandstone for a GREAT show.  And thanks to our parents for making us related.  Love you buddy!

P.S. Here’s a link to another (funny) story about my bro.

Me with the “star” before the show.20140513-204059.jpg




4 comments on “My bro: He’s a clogger. He’s a what?

  1. Sasha
    May 20, 2014

    Your brother has some crazy talent! I grew up close to Holland, MI which was founded by and still contains a large number of Dutch dwellers. They have a huge festival every year where many of these type of clogger like dances perform. I have tried to imitate it before and let’s just say I will leave it up to the professionals! 🙂

    • aimeecartier
      May 20, 2014

      Thanks! I think so too, obviously! Never seen the dutch renditions.

  2. steve hall
    May 21, 2014

    Such kind words for your brother Matt, we enjoy his dance at fiddle camp, Bethel Youth Fiddle Camp. Vesta has made him a pretty good caller also, for them squares we do here in Missouri.

    • aimeecartier
      May 21, 2014

      Thank you Steve. And yes, Vesta has. I’ve benefitted many times from her handiwork with my brother. Such fun!

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