Eric J Anderson -- contra dance piano
last updated May 26, 2017
- Last birthday party was April 2, 2017.
- I'm on staff this year (2017) at
- I'm still working on pulling some materials together on Manmay La Kay, the crazy band from the Caribbean that made it to Fiddle Tunes a couple years ago:
- A page devoted to a recent workshop
at the Bear
Hug dance weekend (Flathead Lake, MT), on September 12, 2015.
- A page (with materials) devoted to a recent workshop at the
Folk MADness dance weekend.
- E-mail to 'ericdancepiano.com' is still black-holed. Try firstname.lastname@example.org or 'ericdancepiano' on Facebook (though I don't often post...). Or my
"Do you believe only two people are making all that music?"
-- a camper at Bear Hug, as reported in the
Missoula Folklore Society newsletter
You'll see me mostly fiddle-and-piano, and mostly with the same familiar faces:
Other bands and people I've played with --
- Eileen Nicholson Kalfass of Syracuse NY and Continental Drift. We sometimes get to play with Terry Wergeland on accordion.
- Bandemonium!, fiddle-and-piano with Lee Anne Welch of Saratoga, CA. Contra dance fiddling with a bluegrass tinge.
more fiddle-and-piano with a great and mostly old-time player
from Seattle WA. We're sometimes joined by his wife
Sande Gillette and Betsy Cooper from Kingston as
"Southwest Passage" (so named because we used to all get on airplanes...).
- The band 'Triangularity' with Susan Burke and Joe Micheals of Seattle.
We played Halloween 2010 in Sacramento and Hayward, CA.
I used to play a lot with the Fiddlerats, fiddle and flute-and-djembe and that piano again.
Young and lively contra dance tunes built around the
spectacular Scottish fiddle of Caroline McCaskey from
Stockton CA and now Denver CO. (She also plays
- I've played several wonderful dances recently with
Julie Smolin, a violinist and occasional fiddler from San Francisco.
- I used to play a lot with Tom Hodgson
(a fabulous guitar player from Ithaca NY) and Randy Miller in
- I got to tour a few summers ago with Nor'easter,
a great lively young band from Boston.
I've put my schedule on a separate page.
It's only as up-to-date as I am...
Find out more
Contra dancing is quite popular in
for good reason.
Live fiddle music and a rocking piano, and newcomers always welcome.
If you want to play -- who doesn't? -- I've got some workshop
on playing piano for dances that I'm happy to send you. Just drop me a
Also, as noted above, we hand out the Bandemonium! tape from 2006
to anyone who wants a full-dance-length live recording.
Useful for calling, maybe too for the musical ideas.
A sound sample (30s, mp3).
- An invaluable
reference on Seattle-area contras, location and dates
- A local
Web-based discussion group for Seattle-area contra dancing
- Chris Walshaw's abc page
a description of the popular format for transcriptions,
with links to Web-based sources of folk tunes.
- Conversion utilities, written by
for translating 'abc' files into various formats,
including MIDI and PostScript.
Or write to me at my snail-mail address.
Last updated: 26 May 2017