Here are our upcoming dances, but check out the latest news and band adventures at our Contratopia 2.0 blog.

2014/2015 Season: When & Where

October 24, 2014
Northfield Harvest Stomp! contra dance at the armory in Northfield, MN (7:00-10:30)(w/Robin Nelson calling)

November 8, 2014
Contra dance at Tapestry Folkdance Center, Minneapolis, MN (w/Beau Farmer calling)

January 17, 2015
Afternoon Waltz session (4:00-6:00, waltz lesson at 3:30) & Contra dance at Tapestry Folkdance Center, Minneapolis, MN (w/David Kirchner calling)

January 18, 2015
House concert in Minneapolis (2:00, contact the band for details)

February 20, 2015 (Friday)
Northfield Winter Stomp! contra dance in Northfield, MN (7:00-10:30)(w/Robin Nelson calling)

February 26 - March 1, 2015
Mid-Atlantic Tour 2015 (w/Ted Hodapp calling):
Thursday Night Contra Dance in Glenside, PA, Glenside, PA (Feb. 26);
The Friday Night Dance at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD (Feb. 27);
Richmond Contra Dance, Richmond, VA (Feb. 28);
Folklore Society of Greater Washington Sunday Night Contra and Square Dance, Glen Echo, MD (March 1st)

April 17, 2015
Northfield Earth Day Community Contra Dance at the Armory in downtown Northfield, MN (7:00-10:30: w/Robin Nelson calling and Linda Breitag on fiddle)

May 2, 2015
Contra dance at the Elks Lodge in downtown Decorah, Iowa (w/Ted Hodapp calling)(Dance at 8:00)(map to Elks here)

To help us remember where we've been we also have a History page that contains a list of what we've been up to for the last few years.

It's probably worth noting that, apart from Contratopia, Pat and Patrice can often be found supplying great dance music with other excellent musicians at Tapestry throughout the year. John and Erik often perform as a duo in concert and at special events in the Decorah area and are regularly heard with the Western Home String Band providing tunes for regular contra dances at either the Winneshiek County fairgrounds, the Elks club in Decorah or the legendary Highlandville Schoolhouse.

Even if you have a hard time getting to hear us play live you can still enjoy our music on compact disc or by legally streaming or downloading our tracks from a number of e-music services (including iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify, Rhapsody, eMusic, etc.). Check the CD page to learn more about the availability of Hands Four, Ballroom Echoes, Smitten, Riff City or the Contra Roots and Branches compilation CD from Great Meadow Music.

Erik and John have also released (Jan. 2012) their first duo CD, titled Notes from the Farm. You can find this CD at Contratopia dances and also buy or download it online from CD Baby, iTunes and more.

John released an instrumental CD of home recordings of original tunes in Fall 2011 titled Mandolin Tunes. It's also available at dances and from CD Baby.

Erik and John are still selling the Contratopia Tunebook, a collection of over 50 original reels, jigs, waltzes and airs. Almost all of the Goodin and Sessions tunes from Hands Four, most of the tunes from Smitten and four of the waltzes from Ballroom Echoes are included as well as many other tunes that the group plays at dances and concerts. The tunes are in standard notation with chord symbols included and the book is carefully assembled at home using a nifty hand-powered comb binding gizmo. These are available for $10 each plus $2 shipping for each book. Contact John at if you'd like to purchase a copy of the Tunebook. Or purchase a PDF copy online here.

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