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

2013/2014 Season: When & Where

September 7, 2013
Contra dance at Tapestry Folkdance Center, Minneapolis, MN (w/Beau Farmer calling and Ehler Orngard on fiddle)

October 4, 2013
Minnesota Country Dance Weekend at Sokol Hall in St. Paul, MN (w/David Millstone calling)

October 18, 2013
Northfield Harvest Stomp! contra dance at the armory in Northfield, MN (7:00-10:30)

January 25, 2014
Contra dance and Contratopia concert at the Elks Lodge in downtown Decorah, Iowa (w/Ted Hodapp calling)(Concert at 7:00 dance at 8:00)(map to Elks here)

February 21, 2014 (Friday)
Northfield Winter Stomp! contra dance at the armory in Northfield, MN (7:00-10:30)

February 28 - March 2, 2014
Mid-Atlantic Tour 2014 (w/Ted Hodapp calling):
The Friday Night Dance at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD (Feb. 28);
Shepherdstown Music and Dance Contra Dance, Shepherdstown, WV (March 1st);
Waltz Time Sunday Afternoon Dance, Glen Echo, MD (March 2nd)
Folklore Society of Greater Washington Sunday Night Contra and Square Dance, Glen Echo, MD (March 2nd)

March 22, 2014
Contra dance at Tapestry Folkdance Center, Minneapolis, MN

April 26, 2014
Contra dance at Tapestry Folkdance Center, Minneapolis, MN

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 are regularly heard with the Western Home String Band in Decorah, IA 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, Rhapsody, eMusic, Napster, etc.). Check the CD page to learn more about the availability of "Hands Four", "Ballroom Echoes", "Smitten" or the "Contra Roots and Branches" compilation CD from Great Meadow Music.

Erik and John have also recently (Jan. 2012) released 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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