Eric J. Anderson: contra dance piano

Birthday 2006 was a hoot!
Sound sample (30s, mp3) from Bandemonium! The entire disk is available -- just drop me a line.
Contra dancing is quite popular in Seattle, for good reason. Live fiddle music and a rocking piano, and newcomers always welcome.
These days I live in California, where my day job is a software engineer at Google. It's as much fun here as they say it is. This may help explain why my page is sometimes a little out of date.

Here's some materials on playing piano that I put together for a workshop at the recent Bear Hug festival. (More links below.)

Some of you have a copy of the soundboard tape we made of our Folklife set from 2002. Here's a tunelist from that recording, hopefully with credits correctly given.

The soundboard tape from our Folklife set in 2004 is a little rougher (no caller, poorer audio quality), but it's available if you want, just send mail.

And I haven't stopped playing, no, not at all....

The big picture

    "Do you believe only two people are making all that music?"
                        -- a camper at Bear Hug, as reported in the 
                           Missoula Folklore Society newsletter

Upcoming schedule

Here's my recent and upcoming calendar: Recent:
  • April 21, 2006 -- calling for Robin Flower and Libby McLaren, Santa Rosa, CA
  • April 17, 2006 -- watching my brother run the Boston Marathon (he qualified for next year!)
  • April 7, 2006 -- calling for Sorcerer's Apprentice in Felton, CA
  • April 1, 2006 -- having a birthday at Joe's house in Seattle, WA
  • March 31, 2006 -- Phinney Ridge, Seattle, WA
  • March 11, 2006 -- San Rafael, CA
  • March 4, 2006 -- calling for the Crabapples in Calistoga, CA
  • March 3, 2006 -- calling for Robin Flower and Libby McLaren, Felton, CA
  • February 25, 2006 -- playing for an RSCDS (Scottish) dance in Mercer Island, WA
  • January 7, 2006 -- Calistoga, CA (with the Fiddlerats!
  • ...

    Earlier past schedule

    Some more background

    I play mostly with Alan Roberts, a fantastic fiddler from Memphis and Seattle. (Here's a sample tune list.) We played at Folklife this year (7pm Sunday). It sounded like the dancers had as much fun as we did. Watch this space for an mp3 of our final closing set.
    You'll also hear me up there from time to time with various other fiddlers and groups. See Matt Fisher's page for good directions to these local dances. I'm sorry, but I can't offer you a ride any more!

    Cathie's workshop is how I got started. Most recently we did an alumni megaband at Northwest Folklife 2002. Catch the tune list!
    The 2001 workshop also had a tunelist that we learned by ear. I've made up CDs containing the learning tunes. If you were in the workshop and want one, just let me know.

    The 2000 workshop band has carried on, first under the name Monday Night All-Stars and later as Safety in Numbers. Check out Cathie's home page for more information.

    I recently put together some materials on abc notation. All of it is available elsewhere, but maybe the compilation will help.

    Less recent past schedule...


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    Last updated:
    21 November 2003