Tina Fields’ Current Schedule:
Contra & Barn Dance Calling
For venue directions and other information, please click on highlighted words.
Hope to dance with you soon!
Tina Fields calls contras, singing squares, community “barn” dances, simple medieval dance, and sacred circle dances, with the goal of creating maximum joy for all. Dancers and musicians say Tina is known for her “effervescent sparkle, great sense of timing, clear enunciation, singing style, patience with new dancers, collaborative way of working with bands, and comfortable humor.” Her day job skills (as a college professor) help make her dance teaching clear, concise, and accessible to different kinds of thinkers. Tina is also a versatile singer, ceremonial facilitator, voiceover artist, and storytelling orator. She has been on staff for dance/music camps as both contradance caller and songleader.
Following is her current calendar and past history of dances called. Scroll down for videos.
Jan 6, 2017 Boulder, CO – Family Dance, with Ragged Edge (Teri Rasmusson, Tina Gugeler & Julia Hays)
Jan 6, 2017 Boulder, CO – Contra, with Ragged Edge (Teri Rasmusson – keyboard, Tina Gugeler – hammered dulcimer, & Julia Hays – fiddle)
Jan 28, 2017 Fort Collins, CO – SPECIAL: Ed Hall’s birthday dance, with Boston-based trio (Julie Vallimont of Nor’easter – keyboard, Audrey Knuth of Free Raisins – fiddle, & Rachel Bell of Seaglass – accordion)
February 23 – 26, 2017 Stellar Days & Nights dance and music weekend, Buena Vista CO. With Larry Unger (guitar, banjo, bass, jaw harp…) and Karina Wilson (fiddle), Balance and Swing (Sue Reading – fiddle, John Reading – keyboard, & Tina Gugeler – hammered dulcimer), and co-caller Ed Hall.
Along with co-calling every evening and leading the closing songs, I’m offering 5 workshops:
Bawdy British Ballads. – Sing, laugh, and possibly blush as we sing shockingly bawdy ballads of yore, ranging from cautionary tales to carnal celebrations. (Oh my!) Many will feature an easy-to-sing chorus, so you do not have to be a “good singer” to join in. If you have your own favorites, bring them along to share.
Lead With Your Body: Fomenting Momentum – Play with ways in which to create a more delicious dance experience through flowing from one figure to another, creating momentum in that flow while safely sharing weight, and using body language to guide new dancers and connect with everyone. The session will include blindfolded dancing.
“Flight Time” for Callers – Behind-the-mic workshop time for all callers. New or aspiring callers: ask for an easy dance to try out in a safe space. Intermediate callers: bring a dance you’re working on to improve. This session will include teaching dances, working with the band and calling to tempo, with constructive feedback and trying again. Dancers welcome (and needed)
Beautiful Waltzing (with lead instructor Bob Warden)
A Marriage Made in Heaven – Or Not: Matching Tunes and Dances (for contra musicians, callers and dancers). – Certain tunes enhance particular dances, whereas other combos are a match made in hell. When musicians and callers work together to plan an evening, magic can happen on the dance floor. In this workshop, we will gain new understanding about how tunes and dances influence one another by dancing the same dance to both sublime and terrible tune matches.
April 8, 2017 – Denver, CO – Zesty Contra, with Purple Zephyr (Kim Harris – keyboard, Ed Secor – clarinet, Vicki Tiedeman – fiddle, Viki Lawrence – fiddle + concertina, & Ed Hall – percussion)
April 14, 2017 Denver, CO – Contra, with Avourneen (Aeryk Parker – multi-instrumental, Adam Goldstein – guitar, & CL Morden – fiddle)
May 5, 2017 Boulder, CO – Family Dance, with TBA
May 5, 2017 Boulder, CO – Contra, with TBA
March 30-April 1, 2018 Bay Area of CA, Mark Galipeau’s 60th birthday dance party extravaganza, with bands and other callers TBA
Video: Tina Fields calling with KGB at Fall Has Sprung
Grass Valley, CA, Nov 4, 2012
The dance is “Square Affair” by Becky Hill
Video by John Seto
PAST GIGS of YORE
Jan. 22, 2016 Denver, CO – Contra with Andy Reiner (fiddle, octave mandolin) & Jon Sousa (guitar, banjo)
Jan. 29, 2016 Shining Mountain Waldorf School, Boulder, CO. Junior high dance with John and Sue Reading
Feb 5, 2016 Family Dance, Boulder CO with Caroline McCaskey (fiddle), Sherilyn Welton (from NM, cello), & Teri Rasmusson (piano).
Feb 5, 2016 Boulder, CO – Contra with Caroline McCaskey (fiddle), Sherilyn Welton (from NM, cello), & Teri Rasmusson (piano)
July 2, 2016 Fort Collins, CO contra, with New Rhythm Rangers (Barb Kirchner –keyboards & percussion, Brett Bowen – dumbek & tupan, Mark Brissenden – fiddle & banjo)
August 12, 2016 Denver, CO – Contra with New Rhythm Rangers (Barb Kirchner, (Mark Brissenden, & Brett Bowen)
August 27, 2016 Westminster, CO – Community Contra dance with the New Rhythm Rangers (Barb Kirchner, (Mark Brissenden, & Brett Bowen)
Aug 27, 2016 before the Westy – Gender Role Swapping dance workshop, co-taught with Sam Smith 5:30-6:30 pm
September 2, 2016 Boulder, CO – Contra with Rodney Sauer (piano & accordion) and Sandra Wong (smoking fiddle)
September 11, 2016 Buckhorn Camp, CO – Wilderness Guides’ Council, barn dance and community singing
September 23-25, 2016 Colorado Mountain Moon Festival, Gold Hill, CO. Calling Sat night dance, with Deb Carstenson (fiddle), Ed Secor (clarinet) & Ron Sommers (guitar)
November 11, 2016 Denver, CO – Contra with the Front Range Megaband
January 30, 2015 Shining Mountain Waldorf School, Boulder, CO, junior high dance with Elizabeth Wood and John Reading
February 6, 2015 Boulder, CO Family Dance, with Barb Kirchner & Kate Kerr
Feb 6, 2015 Boulder, CO contra — leading an Open Callers night, with Swing Time (Barb Kirchner, Kate Kerr, & Ed Secor)
February 19-22, 2015 Stellar Days and Nights dance camp, Buena Vista, CO, with Foxfire (Karen Axelrod & Daron Douglas), Rodney Sauer & Elizabeth Wood, and co-caller Scott Higgs. My part: contradance calling, a genderplay dance workshop co-led with Erik Erhardt, and two singing workshops.
April 10, 2015 Denver, CO contra, with Falcon Flight (Deb Carstensen, Bonnie Carol, Dave Firestine and Rodney Sauer)
April 18, 2015 Fort Collins, CO contra, with Rodney Sauer & Eric Levine
April 25, 2015 Sacramento, CA – Foothills Country Dancers 29th Anniversary Contra Dance, with StringFire (Erik Ievins, Patti Cobb, James MacQueen, & Ann Rodier)
April 26, 2015 Hayward, CA – TDOGS 8th Anniversary Contra Dance, with StringFire (Erik Ievins, Patti Cobb, James MacQueen, and my evil twin Shira Kammen!)
May 15, 2015 Boulder, CO contra, with the New Rhythm Rangers (Mark Brissenden, Amy Self, Barb Kirchner, & Brett Bowen)
June 27, 2015 Wedding of Karen Ikegami and Andy Jennings, with Lizard Spring (Dave Brown –fiddle, Tom Kurtz – banjo, Dave Parman – guitar, Pat Carbone – bass). Lone Hawk Farm, Longmont CO.
September 5, 2015 Fort Collins, CO contra, with Rodney Sauer & Eric Levine
September 25-27, 2015 Mountain Moon Festival. Weekend music and dance event at Colorado Mountain Ranch (near Gold Hill) CO. Friday night dance with Mike Moorman, Kate Kerr & Mike O’Donnell.
October 9, 2015 Denver, CO contra with Laura Light, Barb Kirchner, and Brett Bowen
October 10, 2015 The Avalon Ballroom’s 10th Anniversary Celebration/Dance Party. Boulder, CO. Event 3-10 pm; I call Family & Contra dances beginning around 6.
October 16, 2015. Boulder, CO contra, with Julia Hays, Brian Mullins, Dexter Payne (clarinet, sax, flute) & Teri Rasmusson
October 31, 2015 Pikes Peak Traditional Dance in Colorado Springs, CO, with JunkYard Dogs (Jeff Haemer, Ron Sommers and Dave Brown)
December 19, 2015 Winter Solabration! Denver, CO
January 24, 2014 Denver, CO contra, with Elizabeth Wood and Rodney Sauer
January 31, 2014 Shining Mountain Waldorf School, Boulder, CO – Contra/Community dance with Rodney Sauer and Elizabeth Wood
February 1, 2014 Westminster Old-Time Community Dance, with Lizard Spring (Pat Tognoni, Dave Brown, Thom Curdts & Dave Parman)
March 7, 2014 Boulder, CO contra, with East Mountain Serenaders (Jim Mullany, Rob Pine, & Jerry Page — from New Mexico)
March 8, 2014 Running River School of Lafayette, CO – Fundraising Contra Dance and Silent Auction. Avalon Ballroom, Boulder, CO, with KC Groves & Jeff Scroggins. PDF flyer
March 15, 2014 Fort Collins, CO contra, with the Grouchy Geezers (Joel Hayes, Jeff Haemer, & Ron Sommer)
March 22, 2014 Eugene, OR contra, with The Euphemists (Paula Hamlin, Kaye Blesener, Jerry Nelson, Dave Goldman, & Alan Snyder)
April 4, 2014 Boulder, CO contra, with Balance & Swing (John Reading, Sue Reading and Tina Gugeler)
May 16-18, 2014 Planters Moon Festival. Weekend music/dance camp. Colorado Mountain Ranch (near Gold Hill) CO, with The Stuart Brothers (Trevor and Travis Stuart, from North Carolina) Event Cancelled due to 2′ of snow and frozen pipes!
July 5, 2014 Fort Collins, CO contra, with Rock-it (John and Sue Reading with Pat and Kate McCracken)
July 25, 2014 Denver, CO contra, with Sandra Wong and Rodney Sauer
August 15, 2014 Boulder, CO contra, with Betsy Branch and Sue Songer
August 23, 2014 A couple of contradances for Rodney & Nancy Sauer’s wedding anniversary party, Boulder CO
Sept 6, 2014 Santa Rosa, CA – Monroe Hall. Memorial dance for Cathie Irwin, with Howard Booster & Rebecca King
Sept. 26-28, 2014 Harvest Moon Festival. Weekend music/dance camp. Contras and workshop for beginning callers. Colorado Mountain Ranch (near Gold Hill), with the Canote Brothers (Jere & Greg), and open band
Nov. 14, 2014 Denver, CO contra, with Continental Drift (Eric Anderson, Eileen Nicholson, & Rachel Bell)
Dec. 6, 2014 Fort Collins, CO contra, with the Louisville Sluggards (Joel Hayes, Rodney Sauer & Dave Firestine)
Dec. 20, 2014 Winter Solabration! Sons of Italy Hall, Denver, CO
January 25, 2013 Denver, CO contra, with Deb and the Pariahs (Deb Carstensen, Eric Olssen & Rodney Sauer)
April 20, 2013 Fort Collins, CO contra, with Rodney Sauer & Eric Levine
May 18, 2013 Fort Collins, CO contra, with Eric Levine and Ben Cohen
May 24, 2013 Denver, CO contra, with Rock-It (John & Sue Reading and the McCrackens)
May 25, 2013 Wedding of Kitty Kaler and Matty Barnert, Lyons Farmette
July 5, 2013 Boulder, CO contra, with Rodney Sauer & Elizabeth Wood (last-minute substitute for the scheduled caller, who couldn’t make it)
August 17, 2013 Fort Collins, CO contra, with Eric Levine & Ben Cohen
August 23, 2013 Denver, CO contra, with Transylvania Two-Step (Mark Brissenden & Rodney Sauer)
Sept. 6, 2013 Family Dance, Boulder CO, with Ragged Edge (Teri Rasmussen & Julia Hays + friends)
Sept. 6, 2013 Boulder, CO contra, with Ragged Edge (Teri Rasmussen & Julia Hays + friends)
Sept. 14, 2013 Zesty contra, Denver CO, with Elizabeth Wood and Rodney Sauer
Nov. 9, 2013 Zesty contra, Denver CO – one of 6 spontaneous Cavalcade of Callers helping out in a pinch, with Rodney Sauer and Sandra Wong
December 7, 2013 Fort Collins, CO contra, with Andy Reiner & Jon Sousa
December 20, 2013 Holiday Dance – Boulder, CO contra, with Ragged Edge (Teri Rasmussen & Julia Hays + friends)
December 21, 2013 Winter Solabration! Sons of Italy Hall, Denver, CO
Following are links to a couple of
Tina Fields calling with KGB at the Petaluma, CA contradance, Nov 5, 2012.
Click the links immediately following to view. This dance is Erik Weberg’s “Ad Vielle (Oddville),” written for the tune “Oddville Cupola” by the fine fiddler you see playing here, Claude Ginsberg.
Videos by Harriet Frank
January 21, 2012 Fort Collins, CO contra, with Eric Levine & Rodney Sauer
March 9, 2012 Denver, CO contra, with Meadowlark -1+1 (Tim Macomber, Holly Williams & Kim Harris, with guest fiddler Lucia Thomas)
April 6, 2012 Boulder, CO contra, with Gypsy Caravan (Lucia Thomas, Keegan Boyle, Aeryk Parker & Ed Secor)
April 21, 2012 Fort Collins, CO contra, with Eric Levine & Rodney Sauer
May 25, 2012 Denver, CO contra, with Deb and the Pariahs (Deb Carstensen, Mark Brissenden and Eric Olsen)
June 1, 2012 Boulder, CO contra, with Ragged Edge (Teri Rasmussen & Julia Hays, with Brian Mullins and Andy Cohen)
June 30, 2012 Contra/barn dance for PG Retreat (Profoundly Gifted children/teens and their parents).
Colorado Springs, CO (moved due to fire!) –Breckenridge, CO, with Barb Kirchner and Mark Brissenden
July 7, 2012 Fort Collins, CO contra, with Balance & Swing (John and Susan Reading, and Tina Gugeler)
September 1, 2012 Westminster Old-Time Community Dance, Westminster Grange Hall, CO, with the Wicked Sheehogues (Mark Brissenden, Hal Landem, Rock Eggen, & Stuart Hayner)
September 7, 2012 Boulder, CO contra, with Ragged Edge (Teri Rasmussen, Julia Hays & Tina Gugeler)
September 21-23 Harvest Moon Festival. Weekend music/dance camp. Colorado Mountain Ranch (near Gold Hill), with Slidewhistle (Dana Wilson, Natalie Spears, Hayley Olsen, Matt Haslett, & Lyn Byars)
October 12, 2012 Denver, CO contra, with Gypsy Caravan (Lucia Thomas, Keegan Boyle, Aeryk Parker & Ed Secor)
October 14, 2012 Ollin Farm, Longmont CO – Pumpkin Festival outdoor barn dance, with Teri Rasmusson & friends
October 20, 2012 Bay Area Queer Contra advanced dance, Oakland CA, with Swing Farm (Ray Bierl, Charlie Hancock & Ran Bush)
October 28, 2012 Hayward, CA Hallowe’en contradance, with the Crabapples (Marta Lynch, Bob Silberstein, Teresa Fife, Norm Cotton)
VIDEO: Wizards Walk at Hayward Hallowe’en contra
November 3, 2012 Fall Has Sprung – 12 hour dance in Grass Valley, CA, with KGB (Dave Bartley, Julie King, & Claude Ginsburg) and Hot Cider (Ken Nilsson, Rudy Darling, & Barry Angell). Sharing the event with co-callers Frannie Marr & Joyce Miller, and 3rd faboo band Raz de Maree, a.k.a. Tidal Wave (Rachel Aucoin, Sabin Jacques, Stuart Kenney & Eric Favreau) *** Click here to read my blog post about this dance, including video.
November 17, 2012 Colorado School of Mines contra dance (Golden, CO), with Meadowlark (Tim Macomber, Holly Williams & Kim Harris)
December 25, 2012 Fort Collins, CO “Holidance,” with Eric Levine and friends. Come unwind from the holidays with an evening of contras and waltzes.
Happy New Year! A Toast to the Contra Community Santa Rosa, CA NYE dance
January 5, 2011 Berkeley, CA contra with Swing Farm (Ray Bierl, Charlie Hancock & Ran Bush). Open band included percussionist Doug Palmer.
January 8, 2011 Barn/Contra Dance for Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association (BDANC) winter meeting, Frey Vineyards, Redwood Valley, CA, with Laura Smith, Darin Smith, Cliff & Julia Landis.
February 6, 2011 Petaluma, CA contra, with StringFire (Michelle Levy, Erik Ievins & Patti Cobb)
February 12, 2011 Housewarming party for Annie Prutzman in Oakland, CA. Longways set (“line”) dances, with Agi Ban & Erin Vang
February 26, 2011 Sebastopol, CA contra with Howard Booster, Erin Vang, Noel Cragg & David Mostardi
March 5, 2011 Queer Contra Dance (gender-neutral), Oakland CA as ContraPtion (calling partner with Jon Berger, Erin Vang & Noel Cragg)
March 18, 2011 Santa Rosa, CA contra as ContraPtion (calling partner with Jon Berger, Erin Vang & Noel Cragg)
April 2, 2011 Nevada City, CA contra with Hot Cider (Ken Nilsson, Rudy Darling, & Barry Angell)
April 3, 2011 Contras – Shira Kammen’s big birthday party in Berkeley, CA
April 8, 2011 North Bay Hootenanny – 2-dance demo at the Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa, with Jerry Allen & Janette Duncan
April 15, 2011 Girl Scouts Father-Daughter “Me and My Cowboy” barn dance, Danville, CA, as ContraPtion (calling partner singing-squares-kudowith Jon Berger, Erin Vang & Noel Cragg).
April 16, 2011 San Francisco, CA contra, with The OpporTunists (Alan Snyder, David Hansen, & Topher Gayle)
April 20, 2011 Berkeley, CA contra with StringFire (Michelle Levy, Erik Ievins & Patti Cobb)
May 1, 2011 Petaluma, CA contra, with StringFire (Michelle Levy, Erik Ievins & Patti Cobb)
May 5, 2011 Buckeye Gathering (primitive skills & ancestral arts) – outdoor barn dance with all gathered musicians
May 6, 2011 Felton, CA contra, with StringFire (Michelle Levy, Erik Ievins & Patti Cobb) – a weekend mini-tour, see next…
May 20, 2011 Santa Rosa, CA contra with Erik Hoffman, Dan Engle & Topher Gayle
May 22, 2011 North Bay Hootenanny – barn dance. Beginners & curious wannabe dancers – this one’s for you! Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, CA, 7:15-8:15 & 8:45-10, with all the ContraPtion & StringFire wimmen (Erin Vang, Michelle Levy, Patti Cobb & me. T.+E.+M.+P. = The TEMPtresses?)
June 4, 2011 Outdoor dance for private party, Mill Valley CA, with the RoadOilers (Mike Drayton, John Pedersen & Perry Fly) -cancelled due to cold, rainy Juneuary weather
July 15, 2011 Santa Rosa, CA contra with StringFire (Michelle Levy, Erik Ievins & Patti Cobb)
July 30-Aug 6, 2011 Singing Squares Callers’ Course (participant) led by Ralph Sweet & Nils Fredland, CDSS American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods (Cape Cod, MA)
Link to blog post about LAST DANCE IN SANTA ROSA
Sept 10, 2011 San Rafael, CA contra Moving to Boulder, Colorado!
October 14, 2011 Denver, CO contra, with FiddleRats (Caroline McCaskey, Cole Ingraham, & guest Eric Anderson)
Feb 7, 2010 Petaluma, CA contra, with Chris Knepper & Noel Cragg
Feb 19, 2010 Santa Rosa, CA contra, with Flashpoint (Jon Berger, Howard Booster & Rebecca King)
Feb 20, 2010 San Francisco Bay Queer Contra Dance Road Trip, Santa Cruz, CA (Gender-Free), with Chris Knepper, Craig Johnson, & Erin Vang (on tuba!) The eve includes one experimental Techno contradance.
March 6, 2010 Monterey, CA contra, with Engle Ryan Peterson (ERP): Dan Engle, Art Peterson, &, Pat Ryan.
April 3, 2010 Canyon contra (Moraga, CA), with Art Peterson, Jonathan Goodwin, and Pat Ryan
April 24, 2010 Palo Alto, CA contra, with Uncle Dave’s Contra Skedaddlers (Dave Brown, Dave Krinkel, Nick Robinson, and Stefan Curl)
May 8, 2010 Reno, NV contra, with Star Thistle (Lonna Whipple, David Wright, Cheryl McKinney & Dave Kistler)
May 22, 2010 Sebastopol, CA contra, with Pat Ryan’s Celtic Junket (Morgan Meadow, Tawnya Kovach & Pat Ryan)
June 5, 2010 Nevada City, CA contra with The Crabapples (Marta Lynch, Bob Silberstein, Teresa Fife & Norm Cotton)
June 27, 2010 Just Because It’s June! Guest songleader at Doug von Koss’ “midsummer evening for Men & Women full of Love & Chant & Community & Song.” Berkeley, CA 7-9:30 pm.
June 27, 2010 Glen Ellen, CA – Contra/Family Dances (Private wedding of Jeanne Bowman & Alan Rosenthal)
July 4-10, 2010 BACDS Family Week Dance Camp. Foothill Horizons Outdoor School, Sonora CA. Contradance calling, contra dance class, and singing class. Included a medley with goofy contra giants Michael Barraclough and Susan Michaels. PDF brochure
July 10-17, 2010 BACDS English Week Dance Camp. Mendocino Woodlands Camp, CA. Singing workshops, group songleading for Pub Night, Beatles/60s singalong, and High Tea.
July 24, 2010 Outdoor Barn Dance for private wedding of Julianne Skai Arbor & Damien McAnany, Sebastopol CA region – with Celtic Sands (Lara Garner, Jon Mendle, Ben Roberts, & Tricia Callero)
August 2010 * Roll up: I’m now the official caller for ContraPtion! Woot! Woot!
Kalia Kliban is the equivalent caller for the band’s English Dance persona, Midnight Smorgasbørd.
(Note: although delicious, this is not an exclusive relationship.)
Aug 22, 2010 Hayward, CA contra – with the Contranauts (Jerry Allen, Jeannette Duncan, Roxanne Oliva, & Jeff Martin) Family Week reunion dance (everyone welcome though!)
Sept. 17, 2010 Santa Rosa, CA contra – with Luceo (Lee Ann Welch, Rebecca King, & Karl Franzen)
Sept. 24, 2010 San Francisco, CA contra – Co-calling with Warren Blier, with 3 O’Clock Shadow (Erik Hoffman, Chris Grampp, & Adam Cavan, + Peter Langston)
October 2, 2010 Experienced Queer Contra Dance (gender-neutral), Oakland CA. Guest opener for Nick Cuccia, with Erin Vang, Shira Kammen, & Michelle Levy
October 15, 2010 Santa Rosa, CA contra – with Howard Booster, Alan Snyder, & Ehlert Lassen
October 20, 2010 Berkeley, CA contra – with Chris Knepper and Noel Cragg
Nov 17-21, 2010 Academic presentation about contra, Trance Induction through Contra Dance: Weaving Communitas. American Anthropological Association conference, New Orleans, LA.
Nov. 27, 2010 Sebastopol, CA contra – with Jon Berger and Rebecca King
March 2009 Tucson, AZ contra. (Guest spot while traveling with Audubon Expedition Institute)
Jun 3, 2009 Berkeley, CA contra, with The OpporTunists (Alan Snyder, Dave Hanson, Topher Gayle, & Erik Hoffmann)
Jun 13, 2009 Reno, NV contra, with Banish Misfortune (Toni George, Bob Castelic, Tim Kipp & Tom Dose)
Aug 1, 2009 Green String Farm, Petaluma CA. Barn dance with the County Line Pickers (Nancy Vail, Jon Young, Evan McGowan, Ken Clarkson, Chris Kuntsch, Penny Livingston, Jim Davies, Dave Haggs, Felix Heeday &/or others)
Aug 15, 2009 San Francisco, CA, Balance the Bay contra weekend – Participated in medley of 6 callers led by Joyce Miller, with Crowfoot
Aug 22, 2009 Sebastopol, CA contra, with the Contranauts (Jerry Allen, Jeannette Duncan, Roxanne Oliva & Jeff Martin)
Aug 28, 2009 San Francisco, CA contra, with The OpporTunists (Alan Snyder, Dave Hanson, Topher Gayle & Erik Hoffmann)
Sept 6, 2009 Petaluma, CA contra, with An Drochaid (Jonathan Goodwin, Debra Tayleur & Elizabeth Douglas)
Sept 18, 2009 Santa Rosa, CA contra, with Swing Farm (Ray Bierl, Charlie Hancock & Steven Strauss)
Sept 19, 2009 Richardson Bay AudubonCenter & Sanctuary, Tiburon CA. Private wedding, with the RoadOilers (Mike Drayton, Perry Fly, John Pedersen, Chuck Wiley, & Donnelly of the Mysterious Last Name)
Sept 26, 2009 El Rancho del Obispo, Healdsburg, CA. Episcopal church conference community dance, with Skiffle Symphony (Morgan Meadow, Ingrid Noyes & Tawnya Kovach)
Nov 14, 2009 Palo Alto, CA contra, with Hillbillies from Mars (Kevin Carr,Ray Bierl, Paul Kotapish & Daniel Steinberg)
Nov 19 – Dec 17 EnChantMent! Open group songleading. Series of four Thurs eves 6:30-8:30. TreeGirl Studios, Sebastopol CA.
Nov 28, 2009 Sebastopol, CA contra, with Flat Earth String Band (Esther Brunswick, Ron Brunswick, Dennis Hunt, Elaine Elder, & Carlo Calabi)
Dec 5, 2009 No Snow Ball. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, Oakland CA (as “O Tinanbaum” Fields) with Santa Claus, a.k.a. Charlie Fenton, and Hillbillies from Mars (Kevin Carr,Ray Bierl, Paul Kotapish & Daniel Steinberg) plus Cathie Whitesides
1/18/08 Pie Ranch Barn Dance, Pescadero CA, with the County Line Pickers (Nancy Vail, Jon Young, Evan McGowan, Ken Clarkson, Chris Kuntsch, Penny Livingston, Jim Davies, Dave Haggs, Felix Heeday &/or others)
1/19/08 Santa Cruz, CA contra – with Pat Ryan’s Celtic Junket
1/26/08 Sebastopol CA contra – with Wild Hog Contra Band (Anne Goess, Daniel Schoenfeld & Bob Laughton)
3/1/08 Canyon, CA contra – with The Cat Herders (Suzy Thompson, Maxine Gerber, & Brendan Doyle)
3/29/08 Santa Rosa, CA contra – ½ dance with Chuck Galt & Fiddlerats (Caroline McCaskey, Cole Ingraham & Terrell Liedstrand)
4/4/08 BACDS Spring Weekend at Monte Toyon, CA – Gender-Free Medley of 6 callers, led by Chris Ricciotti
4/13/08 Green Valley Village, CA – Barn/Contradance with Open Band led by Riggy Rackin
5/9/08 El Cerrito, CA contra, with 3 o’clock Shadow
5/17/08 Pie Ranch, Ano Nuevo CA – Barn Dance w County Line Pickers (Nancy Vail, Jon Young, Evan McGowan, Ken Clarkson, Chris Kuntsch, Penny Livingston, Jim Davies, Dave Haggs, Felix Heeday &/or others)
5/18/08 Santa Cruz, CA contra, with The Rhythm Rangellers (Paul Rangell, Emily Abbink, Janet Dows, & Benny Rangell)
6/7/08 Napa, CA contra, with Star Thistle (Lonna Whipple, Cheryl McKinney, David Wright & Dave Kistler)
7/5-12/08 American Dance & Music Week, Mendocino Woodlands, CA. Campers’ Night, & afternoon open contras with Wild Lizards
7/13/08 Ukiah, CA contra, with West Road (Laura Smith, Darin Smith, & Laurel Near)
9/27/08 Sebastopol, CA contra, with Contrazz
10/11/08 Reno, NV contra, with Coyote Thistle (Cheryl “Chetani” McKinney, David Wright & Sue Jones)
10/15/08 Berkeley, CA contra, with Open Band led by The OpporTunists (Alan Snyder, Topher Gayle, & Erik Hoffmann).
10/18/08 San Francisco, CA contra, with The Roadoilers (Mike Drayton, Perry Fly & Jon Pedersen)
11/15/08 Auburn, CA contra, with Star Thistle (Lonna Whipple, Cheryl McKinney, David Wright & Dave Kistler)
11/22/08 Sebastopol, CA contra, with Pat Ryan’s Celtic Junket
Evolution of a contra caller
1/27/07 Sebastopol, CA contra – guest spot with Lynn Ackerson and Road Oilers
2/9/07 El Cerrito, CA contra – guest spot with Mavis McGaugh and Flower & McLaren
2/16/07 Santa Rosa, CA contra – guest spot with Celia Ramsey and Bandemonium!
4/20/07 Santa Rosa, CA contra – guest spot with Andy Wilson and The Corkers
5/4/07 Petaluma, CA contra – guest spot with Karen Fontana & the Fiddlerats
6/1/07 Petaluma, CA contra – guest spot with Lynn Ackerson & Darling Angell Band
6/9/07 Reno NV contra – Half-dance with Susan Petrick and the Chris Bayer Band
8/17/07 Santa Rosa CA contra – guest spot with Susan Petrick and Luceo (Lee Anne Welch, Rebecca King & Karl Franzen)
8/26/07 Hayward CA contra – half-dance with Karen Fontana and RoadOilers (Mike Drayton, Perry Fly, & John Pedersen)
10/27/07 Sebastopol CA contra – half dance with Mavis McGaugh and Flashpoint (Rebecca King, Howard Booster & Jon Berger)
11/10/07 Reno NV contra, with Moonlight Hoodoo Review (Bill McKean, Zeke Griffin, Scott Gavin, Reuben Estrada & Robert Kastelic) — my first whole evening of calling!
Aug 2006 Contra Callers’ Course with the amazing Lisa Greenleaf (participant in weeklong intensive), CDSS American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods, MA. Also called on Campers’ Night with open band.
Oct 2006 Sebastopol CA contra – guest spot with Susan Petrick
Dec 1, 2006 Petaluma, CA contra – guest spot with Susan Petrick and Chris Knepper’s band
Dec 15, 2006 Santa Rosa CA contra – guest spot with Andy Wilson and Luceo (Lee Anne Welch, Rebecca King & Karl Franzen)
August 2005 First foray! Sonoma CA contra – guest spot, Open Callers’ Night sponsored by Lynn Ackerson. (Thanks, Lynn, for giving me an easier dance to call!)
Fall 2005 Erik Hoffmann’s Contra Calling mini-workshop, Sebastopol CA (participant)
Fall 2005 Gender-Free Dance Calling – daylong workshop with Chris Ricciotti, San Francisco CA (participant)
Thank you to my mentors and role models:
Lisa Greenleaf, Hank Fields, Chris Ricciotti, Ralph Sweet, Nils Fredland, Erik Hoffmann, Susan Petrick, Carol Ormand, Lynn Ackerson, Andy Wilson, Karen Fontana, Chuck Galt, Michael Barraclough, Susan Michaels, Joyce Miller, the excellent callers’ discussion listserv sharedweight.net which has provided some terrific tips – and, of course, Bugs Bunny.
Thanks also to the fabulous musicians and bands named above,
And the biggest thanks to all of you contradancers!
Hope to play with you soon!January 30, 2015