Dancing Fiddle & Banjo Eric Black, Contra & Square Dance Caller

Eric Black, Dance Caller


Photo courtesy Doug Plummer

Here's the probably out-of-date calendar for upcoming dates:

As long as this COVID pandemic lasts, I will not be calling nor attending any live in-person events. As online virtual events get booked, I’ll add them here.

You can find my upcoming public BACDS dates in the San Francisco Bay Area here,
and the current monthly calendar for the Bay Area Country Dance Society (BACDS)


I hope you enjoyed these past events as much as I did!

  • July 31, 2020: Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Dist-Dance contra ONLINE with Reelplay (Dave & Robin Marcus))
  • July 30, 2020: Seattle, WA - Lake City contra ONLINE with The Whoots (Shira Kammen, Jim Oakden)
  • July 12, 2020: Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara contra with Rhythm Method String Band (Briana Bandy, Emil Olguin, Steve Shapiro) — CANCELED due to COVID19
  • July 11, 2020: San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO contra with Rhythm Method String Band (Briana Bandy, Emil Olguin, Steve Shapiro) — CANCELED due to COVID19
  • May 10, 2020: Santa Cruz, CA - Santa Cruz contra with Hillbillies from Mars (Ray Bierl, Kevin Carr, Paul Kotapish, Daniel Steinberg)—Birthday Bash Weekend! — CANCELED due to COVID19
  • May 9, 2020: Palo Alto, CA - Palo Alto contra with Hillbillies from Mars (Ray Bierl, Kevin Carr, Paul Kotapish, Daniel Steinberg)—Birthday Bash Weekend!CANCELED due to COVID19
  • May 8, 2020: Oakland, CA - Circle Left contra with Hillbillies from Mars (Ray Bierl, Kevin Carr, Paul Kotapish, Daniel Steinberg)—Birthday Bash Weekend! — CANCELED due to COVID19
  • May 2, 2020: San Francisco, CA - San Francisco contra with Kenny Blacklock, Erik Hoffman, Stephan Curl — CANCELED due to COVID19
  • April 18, 2020: South Pasadena, CA - South Pasadena contra with Kira Ott and Jeff Spero — CANCELED due to COVID19
  • February 15, 2020: Newcastle, CA - Newcastle contra with Wild Goose Chase (Margo Meredith, Kate Dwyer, Dave Earl, Ann Meigs)
  • January 26, 2020: Hayward, CA - Hayward contra with BLAM! (Marta Lynch, Bob Silberstein, Elizabeth Todd)
  • January 11, 2020: Palo Alto, CA - Palo Alto contra with Pepperjack (Derry Akin, Jess Newman, Scott Jespersen plus Ben Schreiber [St. Louis])
  • January 5, 2019: Petaluma, CA - Petaluma contra with Topher Gayle, Jim Burke, Kenny Blacklock
  • January 4, 2020: Nevada City, CA - Nevada City contra with Wild Good Chase (Margo Meredith, Kate Dwyer, Dave Earl, Ann Meigs)
  • December 29, 2019: Hayward, CA - Hayward Zesty contra with StringFire! (Shira Kammen, Patti Cobb, Erik Ievins)
  • December 14, 2019: Palo Alto, CA - Palo Alto contra with Audrey Knuth, Chris Knepper, Christopher Jacoby, Del Eckels
  • November 10, 2019: Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara contra at the Carillo Ballroom with The Jackalopes (Derry Akin, Jess Newman, Ben Graubart)
  • November 9, 2019: San Luis Obispo, CA - Dual Contra with The Jackalopes (Derry Akin, Jess Newman, Ben Graubart)
  • September 28, 2019: Palo Alto, CA - Palo Alto contra with StringFire! (Caroline McCaskey, Erik Ievins, Patti Cobb)
  • September 22, 2019: Hayward, CA - Hayward contra with Golden [VT] (Jesse Ball, Everest Witman)
  • August 24-September 2, 2019: Black Rock, NV - Burning Man Contradance Camp
  • July 26, 2019: Santa Cruz, CA - Santa Cruz contra with StringFire! (Erik Ievins, Patti Cobb, Caroline McCaskey) [using “Larks” & “Ravens” role names]
  • June 28, 2019: Palo Alto, CA Hands-Four Gender-Free contra with Erik Hoffman & Michael Harmon [using “Larks” & “Ravens” role names]
  • June 15, 2019: Monterey, CA Quadruple Birthday Bash with Fog Dog String Band (Rozy Bathrick, Kevin Condon, Craig Mitchel, & Greg Meyer)
  • May 11, 2019: Palo Alto, CA with Rodney Miller, Daniel Steinberg
  • March 9, 2019: Palo Alto, CA with Frequent Flyers (Laura Light [NC], Daniel Steinberg, Amy Cann [VT])
  • March 2, 2019: San Francisco, CA with Jess Newman, Christopher Jacoby, Chris Knepper
  • December 8, 2018: Palo Alto, CA with StringFire! (Erik Ievins, Patti Cobb, Caroline McCaskey)
  • October 28, 2018: Hayward, CA with Magic Reelism (Cheryl McKinney, David Wright, Del Eckels, Susan Jones)
  • October 27, 2018: Palo Alto, CA Halloween Costume Ball with Kalia Kliban, music by Chris Knepper, Will Wheeler, Christopher Jacoby
  • August 26-September 3, 2018: Black Rock, NV Burning Man Contradance Camp
  • July 29, 2018: Hayward, CA Zesty Contrawith Jess Newman, Derry Akin
  • July 28, 2018: Palo Alto, CA with The Newts (Chris Knepper, Noel Cragg, Del Eckels)
  • July 1-6, 2018: La Honda, CA BACDS American Dance & Music Week (AmWeek)
  • May 12, 2018: Palo Alto, CA with Patt & Possum [IL] (Charlie Walden, Patt Plunkett) with Mark Wardenburg
  • Apr 21, 2018: Mansfield, MA NEFFA Festival “Contra Party!” with Center Street (Tim Ball, Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens, Casey Murray)
  • Apr 15, 2018: San Jose, CA with Christopher Jacoby, Will Wheeler, Josh VanVliet
  • March 31, 2018: Santa Rosa, CA Challenging Contra with Gus Garelick, Don Coffin
  • March 24, 2018: Palo Alto, CA with BLAM! (Bob Silberstein, Marta Lynch, Elizabeth Todd)
  • March 17, 2018: Monterey, CA with the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers!
  • March 10, 2018: Ukiah, CA with Gibson Creek (Tommie Thompson, John Morris, Scott Yandell, John Harper, Brian Wood)
  • January 7, 2018: Petaluma, CA with Christopher Jacoby, Will Wheeler, Josh Van Vliet
  • November 25, 2017: Palo Alto, CA with Westfolk Gals (Deniz & Derry Akin)
  • October 7, 2017: San Francisco, CA with Pepperjack (Derry Akin, Jess Newman, Scott Jespersen)
  • September 30, 2017: Santa Rosa, CA Challenging Contra with Loose Newts (Chris Knepper, Noel Cragg, Del Eckels)
  • August 27-September 4, 2017: Black Rock, NV Burning Man Contradance Camp
  • July 30, 2017: Hayward, CA Zesty Contra with Switching Protocols (Ruthie Byers, Christopher Jacoby, John-Michael Seng-Wheeler)
  • July 29, 2017: Palo Alto, CA with Switching Protocols (Ruthie Byers, Christopher Jacoby, John-Michael Seng-Wheeler)
  • Mar 19, 2017: Santa Barbara, CA with Frequent Flyers (Laura Light [NC], Terrell Jones [NC], Emil Olguin [SoCal], Ben Schreiber)
  • Mar 18, 2017: South Pasadena, CA with Frequent Flyers (Laura Light [NC], Terrell Jones [NC], Emil Olguin [SoCal], Ben Schreiber)
  • Mar 17, 2017: San Diego, CA with Frequent Flyers (Laura Light [NC], Terrell Jones [NC], Emil Olguin [SoCal], Ben Schreiber)
  • Mar 12, 2017: Santa Cruz, CA with Frequent Flyers (Laura Light [NC], Terrell Jones [NC], Emil Olguin [SoCal], Ben Schreiber)
  • Mar 11, 2017: Palo Alto, CA with Frequent Flyers (Laura Light [NC], Terrell Jones [NC], Emil Olguin [SoCal], Ben Schreiber)
  • Mar 10, 2017: Berkeley, CA with Frequent Flyers (Laura Light [NC], Terrell Jones [NC], Emil Olguin [SoCal], Ben Schreiber)
  • Nov 26, 2016: Palo Alto, CA with Noodlefish (Karl Franzen, Sarah Kirton, Paul Price)
  • Jul 30, 2016: Palo Alto, CA with Wildcat Canyon (Art Peterson, Laurie Miller, Stephanie Costanza)
  • Jul 13, 2016: Amherst, MA Wednesday contra with Polaris (Rose Jackson, Marta Bartholomew, Sam Zakon-Anderson, Jesse Ball)
  • Jul 11, 2016: Concord, MA Monday night at the Scout House with Julie Metcalf, Benjamin Foss, Jack O’Connor
  • Jul 9, 2016: Greenfield, MA Contra Party at the Guiding Star Grange with Max Newman, Stuart Kenney, Aldo Lavaggi
  • Jul 7, 2016: Concord, MA Thursday night at the Scout House with The Long Pond Rounders (Corey Walters, Jonah Sidman, Ross Harriss, Doug Schaefer, Michael Friedman)
  • Jun 18, 2016: private event with Bald Mountain Boys (Chris Knepper, Charlie Hancock, Burke Trieschmann)
  • Apr 23, 2016: private event with Three Fifths of Scotch (Elizabeth Todd, Del Eckels, Debra Tayleur)
  • Apr 17, 2016: Mansfield, MA NEFFA Festival “Buckets of Beckets” with Rare Privelege (Maria Terres, Amy McFarland)
  • Apr 16, 2016: Concord, MA pre-NEFFA Caller's Showcase at the Scout House with Nor'Easter (Cedar Stanistreet, Max Newman, Julie Vallimont)
  • Apr 9, 2016: Palo Alto, CA with BLAM! [Monterey] (Bob Silberstein, Elizabeth Todd, Marta Lynch)
  • Mar 27, 2016: Hayward, CA with Stringfire (James MacQueen, Annie Rodier, Erik Ievins, Patti Cobb)
  • Mar 26, 2016: Palo Alto, CA with Mercury Rising (Ruth Anne Fraley [OR], Lee Anne Welch, Topher Gayle)
  • Jan 23-24, 2016: Palo Alto, CA Contra College all-day workshop on contradance style (see bacds.org/cc for info)
  • Dec 26, 2015: Palo Alto, CA with Three Fifths of Scotch (Eloise Blanchard, Elizabeth Todd, Del Eckels, Debra Tayleur)
  • Dec 6, 2015: Tacoma, WA with Frequent Flyers (Laura Light [NC], Dave Bartley [WA], Jeff Spero [CA])
  • Dec 5, 2015: Olympia, WA with Frequent Flyers (Laura Light [NC], Dave Bartley [WA], Jeff Spero [CA])
  • Dec 4, 2015: Seattle, WA (Emerald City contra at Phinney Ridge Hall) with Frequent Flyers (Laura Light [NC], Dave Bartley [WA], Jeff Spero [CA])
  • Dec 3, 2015: Seattle, WA (Lake City Comm. Ctr) with Frequent Flyers (Laura Light [NC], Dave Bartley [WA], Jeff Spero [CA])
  • Oct 4, 2015: St. Louis, MO (Childgrove contra) with Two Women and a Truck
  • Sep 21, 2015: Palo Alto, CA with Echo Summit Super Trio (Jeremiah McLane [VT], Bethany Waickman [ME], Ryan McKasson [WA])
  • Jul 11, 2015: Mill Valley, CA with Rodney Miller [NH], Paul Kotapish, Daniel Steinberg
  • Apr 24, 2015: Mansfield, MA NEFFA Friday Night Contra-Square Party with Contrail
  • Apr 20, 2015: Palo Alto, CA with Rodney Miller & Jeff Spero
  • Mar 24, 2015: Clemmons, NC with Party of Three (Neil Pearlman, Lily Pearlman, Joe De Paolo)
  • Mar 23, 2015: Asheville, NC (Grey Eagle pub) with Laura Light & friends
  • Mar 21, 2015: Greeneville, NC (River Falls Lodge) with Laura Light & friends
  • Mar 18, 2015: Baltimore, MD (Lovely Lane Church) with The Baltimore Open Band
  • Jan 31, 2015: Palo Alto, CA with Patt & Possum (Charlie Walden, Patt Plunkett)
  • Jan 25, 2015: Hayward, CA with Star Thistle (Chetani Cheryl McKinney, Dave Kistler, Lonna Whipple, David Wright)
  • Dec 13, 2014: Palo Alto, CA with Frequent Flyers (Laura Light, Ben Schreiber, Daniel Steinberg)
  • Dec 12, 2014: Berkeley, CA Circle Left gender-free contra with Frequent Flyers (Laura Light, Ben Schreiber, Daniel Steinberg)
  • Dec 6, 2014: Corvallis, OR (First Congregational Church) with Frequent Flyers (Laura Light, Dave Bartley, Jeff Spero)
  • Dec 5, 2014: Seattle, WA (Emerald City contra at Phinney Ridge Hall) with Frequent Flyers (Laura Light, Dave Bartley, Jeff Spero)
  • Dec 4, 2014: Seattle, WA (Lake City Comm. Ctr) with Frequent Flyers (Laura Light, Dave Bartley, Jeff Spero)
  • Oct 19, 2014: San Jose, CA with BLAM! (Marta Lynch, Elizabeth Todd, Bob Silberstein)
  • Oct 11, 2014: Palo Alto, CA evening dance with Common Farmer (Ben Schreiber, Derya Aikin, Deniz Aikin)
  • Oct 11, 2014: Palo Alto, CA Contra College all-day workshop on contradance style with Common Farmer (Ben Schreiber, Derya Aikin, Deniz Aikin)
  • Oct 5, 2014: St. Louis, MO (Childgrove contra) with Mound City Slickers
  • Jul 26, 2014: Palo Alto, CA with The wiNgNuts (Chris Knepper, Christie Hubbard, Will Wheeler)
  • Jun 14, 2014: Palo Alto, CA with StringFire (Erik Ievins, Patti Cobb, James MacQueen, Annie Rodier)
  • Jun 13, 2014: Berkeley, CA Circle Left gender-free contra with Uncle Farmer (Ben Schreiber, Michael Sokolovsky, plus Scotty Leach)
  • Apr 25, 2014: San Francisco, CA with Three Fifths of Scotch (Eloise Blanchard, Elizabeth Todd, Debra Tayleur, Del Eckels)
  • Mar 22, 2014: Palo Alto, CA with Sorceror's Apprentice (Lee Anne Welch, Joe Weed, Andy Imbrie, and the next generation of fiddlers!)
  • Mar 22, 2014: Glen Echo, MD with Gallimaufry (Brian Lindsay, Alex Sturbaum, Ness Smith-Savedoff, Donal Sheets, Arthur Davis)
  • Nov 24, 2013: Glen Echo, MD with Dead Sea Squirrels (Cathy Mason, Paul Boyd, Henry Yoshimura)