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Photo of Dave with his Roland FP8 and Cookie Mazda.

July, 2016

Midway through the summer, I am fresh back from a weekend of Scottish dancing at Pinewoods and am just winding down swim season for my two boys. I'm getting ready for two upcoming camps, one in northern California and one two weeks later at Timber Ridge in West Virginia, where I go with the boys virtually every summer. The summer is going by too quickly, as it always does, and yet some days seem interminable.

On the music front, the new Goldcrest album is being well received, and my tunes continue to show up in other people's work. Orly Krasner finished a CD of music to her dances (Celebrations, with music by Reunion), and that features my waltz "Judy's Jubilation" for her dance "A Garland for Judi." Roguery also has recorded a couple of my tunes on the Impropriety Vol 5 CD: "Bugs in Both Pockets", a slip jig, and "Cog Railway", a funky waltz. I inch closer to two monumental tasks: another recording project and a new book of tunes. Don't hold your breath on either one, though, as I have a long track record in getting derailed by family stuff.

Some highlights of upcoming events I'm playing include:

  • Camps this summer (2016)
    • July 30-Aug 6: Bay Area Country Dance Society's Hey Days
    • August 14-21: CDSS Family and Dance Camp at Timber Ridge
  • Upcoming dance and music weekends
    • Scottish: Sept 16-18, 2016: Scottish Weekend, High View, WV
    • English: Sept 23-25, 2016: Fandango Weekend, Atlanta, with Goldcrest and Joseph Pimentel
    • English: Oct 14-16, 2016: Chicago English Country Dance Weekend, with Mary Lea and Paul Oorts
    • Scottish: Nov 12-13, 2016: Jeannie Carmichael Ball, West Point, NY, with Hanneke Cassel
    • Music: Jan 6-8, 2017: Upper Potomac Fiddle Retreat, Shepherdstown, WV
    • Contra: Feb 17-20, 2017: Ski-Dance Weekend, Jennerstown, PA
    • Scottish: March 31-April 1, 2017: San Antonio Scot's Ball weekend, with Elke Baker

In addition to dates above, there's the usual mix of contra dances, waltzes, and similar events. See my calendar for a full listing.