Dave Bartley

Dave Bartley plays guitar, mandolin, cittern, and several other stringed instruments. He has played many styles of music over the years and continues to range over several genres. He has performed throughout the US and Canada, and in England, Australia, France and Greece. It is difficult to count the number of bands in which he plays.

Dave has composed over 300 dance tunes. A waltz he wrote and KGB recorded, The Clock Stopped, is used to teach cross-step waltz in much of the US and other parts of the world. A reel he wrote, Vladi on the Trans-Siberian, seems to be popping up at dances and jam sessions all over the place, including on five recordings (see below).

Find Dave's upcoming gigs here.
Dave plays in these bands and on these recordings.
Dave's biography is here.
Contact him for information or bookings.

Dave with cittern
Photo by Paul Bestock
Avant Gardeners Asheville


  • Calendar updated Dec 28, 2017



  • Sat, Jan 6, 8:00pm, Brian Lindsay and Dave play for a contra dance, Port Angeles, WA, Lindsey Dono calling
  • Fri, Jan 12, 7:30pm, Brandon Vance, Karen Iglitzin and Dave play for the Emerald City Dance, Seattle, WA, Laura Mé Smith calling
  • Sat, Jan 13, 8:00pm, Bag o'Tricks plays for the Eastside Contra Dance, Kirkland, WA, Laura Mé Smith calling
  • Thu, Jan 18, 7:30pm, Bag o'Tricks plays for the Lake City Contra Dance, Seattle, WA, Laura Mé Smith calling
  • Fri, Jan 26, 8:30pm, Valse Café Orchestra plays for its annual Masquerade Waltz, Seattle, WA



  • Fri, Mar 9, 7:30pm, Amy Englesberg, Brian Lindsay and Dave play for Emerald City Dance, Seattle, WA, Abigail Hobart calling

Looking ahead

Some of the following events are not yet listed on the given websites

  • Sat, Apr 14, The Tricky Brits play for the Vancouver English Ball, Vancouver, BC, Kalia Kliban calling
  • Fri, Apr 27 - Sun, Apr 29, KGB (aka MI-5) plays for Spring Dance Romance, Chapel Hill, NC, other staff TBA
  • Sat, May 26 - Mon, May 28, Contra Sutra plays for Butterfly Whirl, Atlanta, GA, other staff TBA
  • Sun, Jun 24 - Sat, Jun 30, Spin plays for Lady of the Lake June Week, by Lake Coeur d'Alene, ID, with Uncle Farmer, the Canote Brothers, George Penk & Heather Pinney, Will Mentor, Cis Hinkle, and Erik Weberg
  • Sun, Aug 19 - Sun, Aug 26, Roguery plays for BACDS's Hey Days, Healdsburg, CA, with Alchemy, Brooke Friendly, Joanna Reiner, Gaye Fifer, and Gillian Stewart
  • Fri, Aug 31 - Mon, Sep 3, Contra Sutra plays for Labor Day Dance Away, Julian, CA, other staff TBA
  • Fri, Sep 21 - Sun, Sep 23, Roguery plays for Fandango, Atlanta, GA, with Brooke Friendly
  • Sat, Oct 13 - Sun, Oct 14, Potent Brew (Ben Schreiber, George Paul, and Dave) plays for a new dance weekend in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. More details soon
  • Wed, Oct 17 - Sat, Oct 27, New England contra dance tour with fiddler Rebecca McCollum and others. More details soon!

Dave is a member of these bands

  • KGB - One of the seminal avant garde contra dance bands, together since 1993, with Julie King and Claude Ginsburg. KGB also plays for couple dances, English Country Dance (as MI-5), and concerts.
  • Contra Sutra - An exciting contra dance band with Marni Rachmiel, Ryan McKasson, and Russell S or another percussionist.
  • Roguery - A versatile English (and contra) dance band with Anita Anderson, Shira Kammen, and Jim Oakden.
  • Bag o'Tricks (aka Tricky Brits) - A contra dance and English Country Dance band with Anita Anderson, Betsy Cooper and Sande Gillette.
  • Valse Café Orchestra - Viennese waltzes and other ballroom dance music from latin to swing.
  • Rouge, French cafe music featuring chanteuse extraordinaire Elle Rayor
  • Bands with fiddler Rodney Miller: Spin with Anita Anderson; The Intoxicators with Marni Rachmiel.
  • Bands with other people and other names appear from time to time (see my schedule for those coming up).
Photo by Paul Bestock

Selected discography

From bands Dave is in:

Dave plays on these:

These include compositions of Dave's:

BoT Chippenham

© 2017 Dave Bartley