Dave with cittern

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 composes dance tunes, many of which may be found in the KGB Tune Dossier and KGB Tune Dossier, Volume 2. 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).

He also on occasion teaches guitar, mandolin, and cittern/bouzouki. He has been known to perform on solo classical guitar as well. Contact him for information or bookings. for more information.

Dave plays in these bands and on these recordings. Dave's biography is here.

Photo by Paul Bestock
Avant Gardeners Asheville


  • Calendar updated November 17, 2017




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.
  • Bands with fiddler Rodney Miller: Spin with Anita Anderson; The Intoxicators with Marni Rachmiel.
  • Valse Café Orchestra - Viennese waltzes and other ballroom dance music from latin to swing.
  • Dave occasionally plays with Rouge, French café and cabaret music featuring chanteuse Janet Rayor.
  • Dave occasionally plays with The Avant Gardeners, and joins other combinations of musicians to play at dances and concerts.
Photo by Paul Bestock

Selected discography

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Dave plays on these:

These include compositions of Dave's:

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