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Welcome to Dave Wiesler's home page. Dave is one of the nation's premier pianists for country dances and various forms of ballroom dance.
Photo of Dave with his Roland FP8 and Cookie Mazda.

September, 2013. This year both my boys are in full day school. One would naively think this will bring me oodles of free time to tackle some overdue music projects. Perhaps that is how it will pan out, and I hope that is how it will pan out, but I dare not make a firm promise!

At least one overdue project has begun, though, and that's a recording from my band Goldcrest. In August, Daron, Paul and I hit the studio to record some dances (mostly English country dances) written by Joseph Pimentel. One of my jobs this fall is to get it edited and mixed down so we can release it in the winter or spring.

Some of my tunes are getting picked up by people outside my usual circle of bandmates. In the spring I finished an arrangement for the band Elixir of two of my tunes, and they'll be putting their terrific performance of it on their next CD. Check out the recording of my jig "The Rakers" on the recently recorded CD These Changing Skies by the band Elephant Revival. Bill Matthiesen has snatched up my "The Ohia Blossom Ragtime Waltz" for The Waltz Book IV. And a couple of my tunes seem to be headed into the new Portland Collection, volume 3, in preparation.

Some highlights of upcoming events I'm playing include:

  • Scottish Dance events
    • Sept 13-15, 2013: Scottish Weekend
    • Sept 20-22, 2013: Ottawa, ON, weekend with David Knight
    • Dec 31, 2013: Delaware Valley Hogmanay, with Thistle House
    • Mar 28-30, 2014: Capital Weekend, with Thistle House
  • English Dance events
    • Nov 2, 2013: Jefferson Ball, Richmond, with David Knight and Paul Oorts
    • April 12, 2014: Dover Ball, with David Knight and Paul Oorts
    • May 17, 2014: Washington Spring Ball, with Goldcrest
    • May 29-31, 2014: Spring Dance Weekend at Circle Lodge, with Goldcrest
In addition, there's the usual mix of contra dances, waltzes, and smaller events. See my calendar for a full listing.