Acrasia: the state of mind in which one behaves contrary to their own better judgment, possibly through a weakness of will.  Socrates thought such behavior was impossible.  Some of us (well, Tim and I) have found it is not. 

   Currently a 4-piece group, consisting of Tim Sommer on guitar and about anything else, Monica Pollard on piano, and Ken Pollard & Jan Beckwith on fiddles, we play Scottish, Scandinavian, and American folk music and are the house-band for the Boise Contra Dance Society dances.  We are available for dances, weddings, and parties.  Contact Ken Pollard by e-mail or at (208) 466-3633.



Boise contra-dancers swinging to our music.  Photo by Monica Pollard.

Upcoming Acrasian Gigs


13 January 2018. Boise Contra Dance Society, live music by the Acrasians.  7:30 pm new dancer orientation, 8-10:30 pm dancing.  Broadway Dance Center, 893 East Boise Avenue, Boise.  $10, $8.


10 February 2018. Boise Contra Dance Society, live music by the Acrasians.  7:30 pm new dancer orientation, 8-10:30 pm dancing.  Broadway Dance Center, 893 East Boise Avenue, Boise.  $10, $8.


14 April 2018. Boise Contra Dance Society, live music by the Acrasians.  7:30 pm new dancer orientation, 8-10:30 pm dancing.  Broadway Dance Center, 893 East Boise Avenue, Boise.  $10, $8.


27 October 2018. Palouse Folklore Society contradance, 1912 Community Center, Moscow, Idaho.


Ready to play for the 5th Annual Victorian Ball, 24 March 2013, sponsored by the Idaho Civil War Volunteers.  Photo courtesy of Ellen Knapp, Spirit Horse Images, Emmett Idaho.

Playing at the Kilted Dragon in Garden City, Idaho, for Tartan Day, 06 April 2013.  Photos courtesy of Bob Young.

The Acrasians, November 2017. Victoria Greener Photography.

October, 2014.

Left to right: Ken Pollard, Tim Sommer, Bill Elmer

Photo source: Idaho Renaissance Faire.

Boise Contra Dance, November 2017. 

Photos courtesy Victoria Greener.

Nampa Farmers Market, 03 October 2015.

Older band configurations.  We were formerly known as “the Bru” and have gone through various configurations, as bands do.  One of our long-time members, and a dear friend, Bill Elmer passed away suddenly in September, 2017.  We miss him.