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Previous events in 2014

October 25 (Saturday afternoon): Private event - Eric plays for a Bar Mitzvah reception with Glenn Dickson on clarinet.

October 17-19 (Friday evening-Sunday afternoon): The Moving Violations play for the 25th Anniversary LCFD (Lavender Country and Folk Dancers) Fall Dance Camp, with Chris Ricciotti calling.  Gender free dancing is the theme of LCFD dance camps.  The main focus is contra dancing, and the program is always supplemented with English country dancing, with The Moving Violations will also play for.  Dancing is pretty much non-stop over the weekend, with meal and sleeping breaks.  The program is organized as a single main track, with some non-dancing breakout-room events on Saturday.  There is a variety show after dinner on Saturday, followed by the major dance, styled as a costume ball (costumes optional).  For the variety show, anyone can do a skit, song, poem, story, comedy, or other performance.  The contra dances are at all levels; all dances are taught.  The weekend -- which includes meals, snacks, and accommodations in dorm buildings -- takes place at Camp Chimney Corners in Becket, MA.  Registration in advance costs $190-280 depending on timing and if you are a student; registration at the door is $225 (students) or $305 (regular); work-study discounts are available.

October 13 (Monday, Columbus Day, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.): Eric plays with David Reiner (his Dad - on fiddle, mandolin), Paul Harty (guitar, mandolin, vocals, harmonica), and Andy Reiner (his brother - on fiddle, mandolin, vocals) at the Buell's Orchard Fall Festival.  Come on out and pick apples, eat apple cider and apple cider donuts, go on a hayride, eat lunch, see the candy apple factory, shop at the store... and of course, listen to music!  Always a fun day!  Buell's Orchard, 108 Crystal Pond Road, Eastford, CT.  Free admission!  Contact 860-974-1150 with any questions.

September 20 (Saturday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations Trio (Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) plays for the 3rd Saturday Greenfield Contra Dance, with Steve Zakon-Anderson calling.  There will be a beginner's workshop 8:00-8:30 p.m., regular contras from 8:30 p.m. to the break, a bit of couples dancing toward the end of the break, and more complex contras after the break!  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA. Entry to the dance is $10, or $8 for students.

August 16 (Saturday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations Trio (Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) plays for the 3rd Saturday Greenfield Contra Dance, with Quena Crain calling.  There will be a beginner's workshop 8:00-8:30 p.m., regular contras from 8:30 p.m. to the break, a bit of couples dancing toward the end of the break, and more complex contras after the break!  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10, or $8 for students.

July 27 (Sunday, 2:00-4:00 p.m.): CANCELED DUE TO RAIN.  Eric plays for an outdoor contra dance with Julie Metcalf on fiddle at Depot Square in Lexington Center.  Sue Rosen will be calling.  This event is sponsored by the Folk Arts Center of New England.  Dances will be beginner-friendly, and the event is free!  Families and people of all ages are welcome!  Free parking (because it's a Sunday) is available throughout Lexington Center and in the large lot behind Depot Square (a.k.a. Emery Park).  In case of rain, the event will unfortunately be canceled.  13 Depot Square, Lexington, MA.

July 26 (Saturday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the Jamaica Plain, MA Gender-Free Contra Dance with Julie Metcalf (fiddle) and Ben Leddy (banjo, guitar).  Gaye Fifer will be calling.  Admission is $10, or $6 for students, but they also take less if that's what you can afford.  A bucket will also be passed for the dance's live music fund.  People of any sexual orientation and gender expression are welcome.  The dance is at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain (part of Boston), MA.

July 20 (Sunday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations Trio (Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) plays for the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW) Sunday Contra Dance, with Ann Fallon calling.  There will be a beginners workshop from 7:00-7:30 p.m.  The dance is in The Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, MD.  A free parking lot for Glen Echo Park is located just off MacArthur Boulevard on Oxford Road, across from the Glen Echo Shopping Center; from the parking lot, follow the foot-bridge across the Minnehaha Creek to enter the Park.  Entry to the dance is $13 (general), $10 for members, or $5 for children and students.

July 19 (Saturday, 7:00-10:00 p.m.): The Moving Violations Trio (Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) plays for the Annapolis Contra Dance, with Ann Fallon calling.  There will be a beginner's workshop from 6:30-7:00 p.m.  The hall is climate-controlled, with extra fans in the summer!  The dance is at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 DuBois Road, Annapolis, MD.  Entry to the dance is $10 (adults 13+), $8 (students with ID, seniors, and members), $5 (children ages 6-12), or free (kids under 6), with a family maximum of $25.

July 18 (Friday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): The Moving Violations Trio (Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) plays for the Charlottesville Contra Dance, with Tom Hinds calling.  There will be a beginner's workshop from 7:30-8:00 p.m.  The dance is at the Municipal Arts Center, 1119 5th Street SW, Charlottesville, VA.  Entry to the dance is $8 (general), $5 for ages 12-18, and free for children under 12.

July 16 (Wednesday, 8:00-10:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations Trio (Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) plays for the Princeton Contra Dance, with Mary Devlin from Oregon calling.  There will be a beginner's workshop from 7:30-8:00 p.m.  The dance is at the Suzanne Patterson Center (a climate-controlled-hall!), 1 Monument Drive, Princeton, NJ.  Entry to the dance is $8, or $5 for students or seniors (age 65+).

June 21 (Saturday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): The first date of the NEW 3rd Saturday Series at the Guiding Star Grange!!  The Moving Violations Trio (Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) will be playing, with Adina Gordon calling.  There will be a beginner's workshop 8:00-8:30 p.m., regular contras from 8:30 p.m. to the break, a bit of couples dancing toward the end of the break, and more complex contras after the break!  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10 (general) or $8 for students.

June 6 (Friday, 7:00-10:30 p.m.): Eric, Ron Grosslein (fiddle, mandolin), and Van Kaynor (fiddle) -- 3/4 of The Moving Violations -- play for the new 1st Friday Mostly Waltz series in Greenfield.  There will be a lesson to recorded music from 7:00-8:00 p.m. followed by waltzing and other couple-dances (hambo, schottische, swing, tango, etc.) from 8:00-10:30 p.m.  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10.  For more information, contact Richard Wyatt at <rmwyatt@comcast.net>.

May 31 (Friday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays for the Rehoboth Contra Dance with Julie Metcalf (fiddle).  Chris Weiler will be calling.  Beginners of all ages, singles, couples, and families are welcome to attend.  Partners are not necessary.  Home-made tasty treats for the break are always appreciated.  The dances are at Goff Hall (home of Rehoboth's Blanding Library and the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society), 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA. General admission at the door: $8; $5 for ages 16 and under; $18 for families with children under 16.  Call Shawn at 508-252-6375 or e-mail her at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.  Free parking is available, but tight, so carpooling is particularly encouraged.

May 19 (Monday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the Monday Night Contra Dance at the Concord Scout House, with Audrey Knuth (fiddle), Jack O'Connor (mandolin, banjo, percussion), and Cal Howard (bass).  Daniel Friedman will be calling.  Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for those 22 and under, and $3 after 9:30 p.m.

May 10 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays the Wethersfield/Hartford, CT Contra Dance with fiddlers Audrey Knuth and David Kaynor.  Ted Crane will be calling.  Optional beginner's workshop at 7:30 p.m.  American Legion Post, 275 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT.  Admission $12, $10 for Hartford Community Dance members, $5 for teens and college students, and free for children 12 and under.

April 26 (Saturday, 7:00-7:50 p.m.): The Moving Violations Trio (Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) plays for Hands Six Contras at NEFFA.  Linda Leslie will be calling.  Enjoy some of our rich heritage and join in on the fun of dancing triple minor contras; we'll do some triplets, too!  NEFFA is an amazing music and dance (and craft) festival that takes place at Mansfield Middle School and Mansfield High School, 250 East Street, Mansfield, MA.  Please see the NEFFA web site for pricing details.

April 26 (Saturday, 3:00-3:50 p.m.): Vince O'Donnell and Eric will teach a workshop at NEFFA titled "Playing Interactively in a Dance Band."  We'll explore how dance musicians can interact to enhance the dancers' experience and have more fun: musical signals (melodic, rhythmic, harmonic); creating "moments;" who plays when?; medleys and changing tunes; beginning and ending; interacting with the caller.  Bring instruments.  NEFFA takes place at Mansfield Middle School and Mansfield High School, 250 East Street, Mansfield, MA.  Please see the NEFFA web site for pricing details.

April 26 (Saturday, 1:00-2:15 p.m.): The Moving Violations Trio (Ron Grosslein, Van Kaynor, and Eric Eid-Reiner) plays for an Intro to Contra Dancing session at NEFFA (the New England Folk Festival Association).  Bev Bernbaum will be calling.  NEFFA is an amazing music and dance (and craft) festival that takes place at Mansfield Middle School and Mansfield High School, 250 East Street, Mansfield, MA.  Please see the NEFFA web site for pricing details.

April 24 (Thursday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the big pre-NEFFA callers' showcase dance with a myriad of great callers from around the country!  The dance is part of the Thursday Contras series presented by NEFFA, at the Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission is $8, or $5 for people 22 and under.

April 22 (Tuesday, 8:00-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays the MIT Contra Dance with Audrey Knuth (fiddle) and Becca Bosworth-Clemens (clarinet) -- a group also known as Pavilion.  Dave Eisenstadter will be calling.  The dance will be in the Lobdell Dining Room in the Student Center (84 Massachusetts Avenue) at MIT in Cambridge, MA.  Free entry for Wellesley College and MIT students; requested donation of $3 from other students and $6 from the public.  Please see the web site for directions and parking information.  The dance is also just a 10-minute walk from the MIT stop on the Red Line.

March 29 (Saturday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the 5th Saturday Greenfield Contra Dance, with Steve Zakon-Anderson calling.  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10, $8 for students.  For more information, contact Steve Zakon-Anderson at 413-369-4369 or <zakon-anderson@comcast.net>.

February 23 (Sunday, 7:00-10:00 p.m.): Eric and fiddler Julie Metcalf play for the contra dance at the Powder Mill Barn.  This dance is organized and run by long-time legendary caller (and author, dance organizer, and flute maker) Ralph Sweet.  Not to be missed!!  Beginner's welcome!  Powder Mill Barn, 32 South Maple Street, Enfield, CT.  Admission is $8, or $5 for students.

February 22 (Saturday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the Jamaica Plain, MA Gender-Free Contra Dance with Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin).  Lisa Greenleaf will be calling.  Admission is $10, or $6 for students, but they also take less if that's what you can afford.  A bucket will also be passed for the dance's live music fund.  Any sexual orientation and gender expression is welcome.  The dance is at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain (part of Boston), MA.

February 14-16 (Friday evening-Sunday evening): The Moving Violations play for the Corvallis Contra WeekendThe Syncopaths (from Los Angeles) -- who put a fresh, contemporary spin to music and songs rooted in the Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions -- will be the other band, and it is going to be a blast!  Cis Hinkle (Atlanta) and Lynn Ackerson (San Francisco) will be calling.  Dancing takes place in Gatton Hall at the First United Congregational Church, 4515 SW West Hills Road, Corvallis, Oregon.  Pricing and registration details are available on the web site.  Update on 1/8/14: Registration is closed, as the weekend is full and there are many people are on the waiting list.

February 7 (Friday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the 1st Friday Challenging Contra Dance (for experienced contra dancers), with Steve Zakon-Anderson calling.  Admission is $10, and $8 for under 21.  Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  This is the band's first CD release dance for their new album, "Elasticity," in the Northeast!

February 1 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays the Montpelier Contra Dance with David Kaynor (fiddle) and George Wilson (fiddle).  Bill Olson will be calling.  Capital City Grange, Northfield Road (Highway 12), Montpelier, VT (1/2 mile south of Montpelier).  Admission $9, and $5 for dancers 15 and under.  Newcomers are always welcome, and there will be instruction of some contra dance basics at 7:30 p.m. before the dance.

January 31 (Friday, 7:00 p.m.): Eric plays a house concert with George Wilson (fiddle, banjo, 12-string guitar, and vocals) in Shelburne, VT.  McKinley James will join in on cello for a few tunes, too.  George is a popular contra dance fiddler who plays tunes from New England, Quebec, Cape Breton, Scotland, Ireland, and Shetland.  He has performed and recorded with the popular Fennig's All-Star String Band since 1975.  Eric will play a mix of New England, Irish, Cape Breton, French-Canadian, and ragtime music, and will include a number of original compositions.  Admission is $15; all proceeds go directly to the musicians.  Admission includes wine, home-brewed chai, cookies, crackers, and cheese.  Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to save your seat.  (While RSVPs in advance are much appreciated, you can also certainly come without one.)  The concert will be at 338 Thompson Road, Shelburne, VT.  For more information, email Alison or call 802-985-1124.

January 17-19 (Friday evening-Sunday afternoon): The Moving Violations play for the Orange Blossom Ball Contra Dance WeekendPerpetual e-Motion will be the other band.  Lisa Greenleaf, Lynn Ackerson, and Andy Shore will be calling.  Dancing takes place at Freedom Middle School, 2850 West Taft Vineland Road, Orlando, Florida.  Pricing and registration details are available on the web site.

January 12 (Sunday, 7:00-10:00 p.m.): The Moving Violations plays the Brattleboro Contra Dance, with caller TBA.  There is a slow jam before the dance (please contact organizers for details), and a beginner's session will start at 6:45 p.m., just before the dance.  The dance is at the Stone Church, at the intersection of Main Street and Grove Street, Brattleboro, VT.  Admission is $10, or $7 for students, seniors, and low-income people.  Contact Peter at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 413-320-2729 with questions.

2013

December 31 (New Year's Eve, 8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.): Eric will be playing again for the New Year's Eve Contra Dance at the Concord Scout House.  This is always a really fun night, featuring lots of contras, along with some squares, a ton of positive energy, great refreshments and snacks, and a fun countdown at midnight of course!  Desserts and snacks are welcome for the break at 10:30 p.m.  The dances are taught and beginners are welcome, so please feel free to bring yourself and your friends.  No partner needed.  Lisa Greenleaf and Walter Lenk will be the callers for the evening with music by Eric (piano), Debby Knight (fiddle, piano), Amy Richardson Larkin (fiddle), Audrey Knuth (fiddle), and Jack O’Connor (mandolin, banjo, percussion).  Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission is at the door: $15, or $12 for those 21 and under.

December 29 (Sunday, 3:00-5:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the Mostly Waltz for Boston series with Audrey Knuth (fiddle).  The Folk Arts Center of New England's monthly Sunday dances in this series feature a lesson in waltz basics, figures, or styles from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., followed by live music for dancing until 5:30 p.m.  Intermediate-level "cool moves" or other dance variations will be taught during the break, from 4:10 to 4:30 p.m.  A variety of waltz tunes and tempos are played during the session; every third number is a different couple dance, such as a polka, hambo, schottische, swing, tango, blues, or zwiefacher.  To protect the hall's wooden floor and to make turning easier, please change from street shoes to clean shoes, ideally leather-soled, before dancing.  Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.

December 10 (Tuesday, 8:00-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays the MIT Contra Dance with Audrey Knuth (fiddle) and Becca Bosworth-Clemens (clarinet) -- a group also known as Pavilion.  Susan Elberger will be calling.  The dance will be in the Lobdell Dining Room in the Student Center (84 Massachusetts Avenue) at MIT in Cambridge, MA.  Free entry for Wellesley College and MIT students; requested donation of $3 from other students and $6 from the public.  Please see the web site for directions and parking information.  The dance is also just a 10-minute walk from the MIT stop on the Red Line.

December 6 (Friday evening, 5:00-8:00 p.m.): Eric performs with Julie Metcalf (fiddle) at Cary Memorial Library for Lexington Shopper's Night!  Stores and restaurants will be open late for eating, browsing, and holiday shopping.  The Library will be open until 8:00 p.m. with refreshments, our performance, and a performance from the Lexington High School Madrigal Singers!  Entry and food are free!  1874 Mass. Ave., Lexington, MA.

November 8-10 (Friday-Sunday): Eric plays for various workshops/sessions at Fiddle Hell as well as helping with logistics for the event.  Over the course of the weekend, Eric will accompany several New England jams, play for the contra dance, accompany a few folks in the concert, teach a workshop on Taming Performance Jitters, and more.  On Saturday night from 7:00-9:00 p.m., is the Fiddle Hell Concert featuring some of the amazing staff; the concert is $15 for walk-ins (includes the contra dance after) and is free if you're attending Fiddle Hell.  On Saturday from 9:15-10:45 p.m. will be the Fiddle Hell Contra Dance, with David Kaynor calling; the dance is $8 for walk-ins, or free if you attended the concert or are attending Fiddle Hell.  Fiddle Hell will be at The Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord, MA. Some Saturday afternoon sessions, as well as the concert and contra dance, will be at the Concord Scout House (about a five minute walk away), 74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Check out the Reiner Family Band web site for more info, cost for the weekend, and the full schedule for Fiddle Hell.

November 2 (Saturday afternoon): Private event - Eric plays for a Bar Mitzvah reception.

October 28 (Monday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the Monday Night Contra Dance at the Concord Scout House, with David Kaynor (fiddle), Jack O'Connor (mandolin, banjo, percussion), and Cal Howard (bass).  Donna Hunt from Delaware will be calling!  Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for those 22 and under, and $3 after 9:30 p.m.

October 19 (Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.): Along with David Reiner (fiddle, mandolin), and Paul Harty (guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals), Eric will be playing the music stage at the Farm Day Festival at the Daniel Webster Sanctuary of the Mass Audubon Society in Marshfield, MA.  A great day for family fun, with kids games, arts and crafts vendors, food, and more!  Entry is $5 for Mass Audubon members, $7 for non-members, and kids 3 and under are free.  Please note that the event will be postponed to October 26 in case of rain.

October 14 (Monday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.): Eric plays with David Reiner (his Dad - on fiddle, mandolin), Paul Harty (guitar, mandolin, vocals, harmonica), and Andy Reiner (his brother - on fiddle, mandolin, vocals) at the Buell's Orchard Fall Festival.  Come on out and pick apples, eat apple cider and apple cider donuts, go on a hayride, eat lunch, see the candy apple factory, shop at the store... and of course, listen to music!  Always a fun day!  Buell's Orchard, 108 Crystal Pond Road, Eastford, CT.  Free admission!  Contact 860-974-1150 with any questions.

August 17 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays the Montpelier Contra Dance with Pete Sutherland (fiddle and more!) and Oliver Scanlon (fiddle, mandolin).  The night will include a lot of originals from the band!  Adina Gordon will be calling.  Capital City Grange, Northfield Road (Highway 12), Montpelier, VT (1/2 mile south of Montpelier).  Admission $8, and $5 for dancers 15 and under.

August 12 (Monday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play a special Monday night Palo Alto Contra Dance, with Susan Petrick calling.  First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA.  There will be potluck goodies at the break.  Special prices: $12/$10/$6.

August 9-11 (Friday evening-Sunday afternoon): The Moving Violations play the Balance The Bay Contra Dance Weekend in San Francisco!  Perpetual e-Motion will be the other band, and Lisa Greenleaf and Erik Weberg will be calling!  The weekend of dancing and workshops takes place at the Janet Pomeroy Center, which is just 2,000 feet from the ocean, overlooking Lake Merced.  207 Skyline Boulevard, San Francisco, CA.  The weekend is SOLD OUT!  Please consult the web site or call 510-224-5677 with questions.

August 8 (Thursday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play the Mill Valley Contra Dance, with Lisa Greenleaf calling.  The dance will be at the Strawberry Reception Hall, 118 E. Strawberry Avenue, Mill Valley, CA.  There will be a beginner's lesson a little bit before 7:30 p.m.  No partner is required, no costumes, no classes; just wear comfortable clothes and dancing shoes which are low, smooth-soled, comfortable and that do not mar or scratch or damage.  No running shoes or shoes with tread are allowed. Special dance prices: $12 members and non-members; $7 FT students, adults 26 and under, and financially challenged; $2 under 18's.

July 13 (Saturday, 7:00-9:00 p.m.): Eric plays for an outdoor contra dance with Julie Metcalf on fiddle at Depot Square in Lexington Center.  Sue Rosen will be calling.  This event is sponsored by the Folk Arts Center of New England.  Dances will be beginner-friendly, and the event is free!  Families and people of all ages are welcome!  Parking is available throughout Lexington Center and in the large lot behind Depot Square (a.k.a. Emery Park).  In case of rain, the event will unfortunately be canceled.  13 Depot Square, Lexington, MA.

June 23-29 (Sunday-Saturday): Eric will teach the intro level contra dance piano class, the advanced contra piano class, and a variety of one-afternoon workshops at the always-wonderful and newly-revived Northeast Heritage Music Camp. Other staff will include Andrea Beaton (Cape Breton fiddle), Alan Jabbour (old-time fiddle), David Kaynor (dance caller, fiddle), Stéphanie Lepine (Québecois fiddle), Ken Perlman (clawhammer banjo), David Surette (guitar, mandolin), Pete Sutherland (singing, fiddle, and more), and Nicholas Williams (flute, accordion).  This is a great camp for musicians of a variety of levels, with opportunities to further certain skills and try out new instruments and/or styles, too!  And there's a contra dance each evening!  NHMC is a fun place to learn, jam, socialize, and relax!  The camp will be at the Common Ground Center in Starksboro, VT.

June 18 (Tuesday evening): Eric plays for a private event in Lincoln, MA.

June 15 (Saturday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the 3rd Saturday Greenfield Contra Dance, with Lisa Greenleaf calling.  There will be waltzes and other couple dances from 8:00-8:30 p.m., followed by contra dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10, $8 for students/under 21.  Contact 413-549-1913 or band@themovingviolations.com with any questions.

June 2 (Sunday evening): Private event - Eric plays for contra, circle, and square dancing with David Reiner and Andy Reiner.  George Marshall will be calling.

May 31 (Friday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays for the Rehoboth Contra Dance with Julie Metcalf (fiddle).  Chris Weiler will be calling.  Beginners of all ages, singles, couples, and families are welcome to attend. Partners are not necessary. Home-made tasty treats for the break are always appreciated. The dances are at Goff Hall (home of Rehoboth's Blanding Library and the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society), 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA. General admission at the door: $8.00; $5 for ages 16 and under; $18 for families with children under 16. Call Shawn at 508-252-6375 or e-mail her at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

May 25 (Saturday, 7:30-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays for the Boston Gender Free Contra Dance for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Folks and Friends, with Edward Wallace (fiddle) and Ben Leddy (banjo, guitar).  Chris Ricciotti will be calling.  All dances are taught, and beginners are welcome.  First Church of Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.  Admission is $10 for adults, and $6 for students, but they will also take less if that's what you can afford.

May 11 (Saturday evening): Eric plays the Wethersfield/Hartford, CT Contra Dance as part of Pavilion (along with Audrey Knuth on fiddle and Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens on clarinet).  Ted Crane will be calling.  Optional beginner's workshop at 7:30 p.m.  American Legion Post, 275 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT.  Admission $12, $10 for Hartford Community Dance members, $5 for teens and college students, and free for children 12 and under.

May 10 (Friday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays the Albany Contra Dance with Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle) and Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens (clarinet).  Sarah Ziegler will be calling.  An optional beginner's workshop will be offered at 7:45 p.m.  Albany Elks Lodge, 25 Souh Allen Street, Albany, NY.  Entry to the dance is $10 (general admission) or $5 (students with ID).  Contact Peter Stix with any questions (518-729-7791, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

May 5 (Sunday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.): Eric plays for the Mostly Waltz Hartford Dance with fiddler Audrey Knuth.  There will be a free beginner's lesson from 2:00-3:00 p.m., followed by dancing from 3:00-6:00 p.m.  The music will be mostly waltzes, as well as swing tunes, tangos, polkas, hambos, and more! American Legion Post, 275 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT. Admission is $12, or $5 for students with ID.

May 3 (Friday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the 1st Friday Greenfield Contra Dance, with Dave Eisenstadter calling.  This will be our final 1st Friday at the Guiding Star Grange -- though the band will still play for other dances at the Grange in the future, and will certainly continue to actively gig around the country!  There will be waltzes and other couple dances from 8:00-8:30 p.m., followed by contra dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10, $8 for students/under 21.  Contact Rose von Schlegell with any further questions (413-549-1913, rose@themovingviolations.com).

April 27 (Saturday, noon-11:00 p.m.): The Moving Violations play the Fiddlehead Frolic in Ithaca with Gaye Fifer from Virginia calling.  The weekend will also feature the local -- and fantastic! -- band Escape, and local callers.  There's dancing all day, as well as some jamming, singing, and eating, too!  The Moving Violations are playing for contra dancing from 1:00-2:30 p.m., leading a musicians' workshop from 3:00-4:00 p.m., playing for couple dances 7:30-8:00 p.m., and finishing out the event with a contra dance from 8:00-11:00 p.m.  Beverly Martin School, 302 West Buffalo Street, Ithaca, NY.  Admission is available at the door for the afternoon, evening, or whole day, and in advance for the whole day; for details on prices, please see the flyer for the event.

April 26 (Friday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the Syracuse Contra Dance for a special "Friday Anything Goes Dance Party."  David Smukler will be calling.  The dance is at Madison Hall in Morrisville, at the intersection of Route 20 and Chenango Street, Morrisville, NY.  (Historic Madison Hall is 4/10 mile east of the traffic light on Rte. 20 in Morrisville, about 10 miles east of Cazenovia.  Madison Hall is on the south side of Rte 20. Parking is available across the street on the north side of Rte 20. Note: Google Maps has Chenango Street incorrectly labeled as “Chenanga Road.”)  Admission to dances is typically $7, $10-$15 for supporters, $5/each group rate or for people with limited income, or you are welcome to pay what you can to attend.

April 25 (Thursday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play the Bard College Contra Dance with Michael Kernan calling.  The dance is free to students and community members.  Refreshments will be served at the break.  The dance will be held in the Bertlesmann Campus Center Multi-Purpose Room at Bard College, 30 Campus Road, Red Hook, NY.

April 19 (Friday, 7:30 p.m.): Eric joins Cantor Kim Singer and other musicians for a Friday Night Live! Shabbat service at Temple Sinai of Worcester, a Reform Jewish congregation.  All are welcome to attend and participate (free of charge).  Temple Sinai, 661 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA.

April 10-11 (Wednesday-Thursday): Wheaton College Contra Dance Residency with David Kaynor (sponsored by the Caroline C. Edwards ’70 Master Class in the Visual and Musical Arts Endowed Fund within the Evelyn Danzig Haas ’39 Visiting Artists Program)Randy Miller (fiddle), David Cantieni (flute, whistles, saxophone), and I will play a dance on Wednesday night, with David calling.  David and I will also speak together about contra dancing in a world music course and a music seminar course on Thursday.  Wheaton College, 26 East Main Street, Norton, MA.

April 6 (Saturday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays with flautist Corey Walters for the 1st Saturday Amherst English Dance, with Mary Jones teaching.  The dance is a "fun, not heavy into style, social occasion for all dancers."  The dance is held at Munson Library, 1046 South East Street, Amherst, MA.  Admission is $8 at the door.

April 5 (Friday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the 1st Friday Greenfield Contra Dance, with Chris Ricciotti calling.  There will be waltzes and other couple dances from 8:00-8:30 p.m., followed by contra dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  This will be the band's second-to-last 1st Friday at the Guiding Star Grange -- though the band will still play for other dances at the Grange in the future, and will certainly continue to actively gig around the country!  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10, $8 for students/under 21.

April 4 (Thursday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays the Bard College Contra Dance with Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin) and Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle).  Jeremy Carter-Gordon, a Bard alum, will be calling.  The dance is free to students and community members.  Refreshments will be served at the break.  The dance will be held in the Bertlesmann Campus Center Multi-Purpose Room at Bard College, 30 Campus Road, Red Hook, NY.

March 23 (Saturday, evening): Private event - Eric plays for a contra dance at a party.

March 15 (Friday, 7:00 p.m.): An amazing concert that's part of Fiddledeis, a weekend of performances, workshops, and jam sessions for fiddlers at Brandeis University.  The concert will feature: Mariel Vandersteel; The Reiner Family Band (David and Andy Reiner, Eric Eid-Reiner, Cindy Eid); Laura Cortese Acoustic Project (Laura Cortese, Mariel Vandersteel, fiddles; Valerie Thompson, cello); and Jeremy Kittel Band (Jeremy Kittel, fiddle; Josh Pinkham, mandolin; Nathaniel Smith, cello; Simon Chrisman, hammered dulcimer).  Tickets cost $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors, and $5 for students with ID.  You can purchase tickets online, by phone at 781-736-3400, and in person at Shapiro Campus Center.  The event will be at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

March 9 (Saturday, 5:45-7:30 p.m. advanced dance, 7:30-8:30 p.m. bring your own dinner, 8:30-9:00 p.m. beginner's workshop, 9:00 p.m.-midnight dancing for all): The Moving Violations play the CDNY Winter Meltdown Dance!  This is a big event!!  Will Mentor will be calling.  The dance is at the Chinatown Y, 273 Bowery, New York, NY 10002.  For questions, check out the CDNY web site or call the Dancephone at 212-459-4080.  Admission at the door.  Advanced dance only: $10 members/$12 non-members.  Evening dance only: $12 members/$16 non-members.  Both dances: $20 members/$25 non-members.

March 8 (Friday, 6:30-9:45 p.m.): The Moving Violations play the New York City Gender-Free Contra Dance, with Will Mentor calling.  The dance is at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, located in the heart of Greenwich Village at: 208 West 13th Street, Room, 301, New York, NY 10011.  Admission at the door is $12.

March 2 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric, fiddler Vince O'Donnell, and accordionist Sylvia Miskoe play the newly-revived 1st Saturday Deerfield Contra Dance, with Chris Ricciotti calling.  The dance is at the Deerfield Town Hall, 6 Church Street, Deerfield, NH.  Admission is $9 for adults and $3 for children ages 8 to 12.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Sarah at 603-463-4182, or Don at 603- 463-7777.

March 1 (Friday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the 1st Friday Greenfield Contra Dance, with Tavi Merrill calling.  This will be a special dance; students get in FREE with ID.  There will also be a new dancers' session from 8:00-8:30 p.m. before the dance.  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10, $8 for students/under 21.

February 27 (Wednesday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the Downtown Amherst Contra Dance, with Steve Zakon-Anderson calling.  This is a particularly beginner-friendly dance, with an optional beginner's session at 7:00 p.m.  The dance is at the Masonic Lodge, 99 Main Street, Amherst, MA.  Entry is $10 for adults, $8 for college students, and $6 for high school students.

February 24 (Sunday, 7:00-10:00 p.m.): Eric and fiddler Julie Metcalf play for the contra dance at the Powder Mill Barn.  This dance is organized and run by long-time legendary caller (and author, dance organizer, and flute maker) Ralph Sweet.  Not to be missed!!  Beginner's welcome!  Powder Mill Barn, 32 South Maple Street, Enfield, CT.  Admission is $8, or $5 for students.

February 15 (Friday, 7:30 p.m.): Eric joins Cantor Kim Singer and other musicians for a Friday Night Live! Shabbat service at Temple Sinai of Worcester, a Reform Jewish congregation.  All are welcome to attend and participate (free of charge).  Temple Sinai, 661 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA.

February 12 (Tuesday, 7:30-10:00 p.m.): Eric plays for the Boston Gender Free English Country Dance (BGFE) with Ron Dann (clarinet) and Nancy Knight (oboe).  Sam Weiler will be teaching/calling.  All dances are taught, and beginners are welcome.  First Church of Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.  Admission is $7.

February 11 (Monday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the Monday Night Contra Dance at the Concord Scout House, with Audrey (fiddle), Jack O'Connor (mandolin, banjo, percussion), and Cal Howard (bass).  Tavi Merrill will be calling.  Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission is $8 for adults ($5 after 9:30 p.m.), and $5 for those 22 and under.

February 7 (Thursday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the NEFFA Thursday Contra Dance, with Dan Pearl calling.  Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for those 22 and under.

February 2 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays the Montpelier Contra Dance with David Kaynor (fiddle) and George Wilson (fiddle).  Bill Olson will be calling.  Capital City Grange, Northfield Road (Highway 12), Montpelier, VT (1/2 mile south of Montpelier).  Admission $8, and $5 for dancers 15 and under.

February 1 (Friday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the 1st Friday Greenfield Contra Dance, with Adina Gordon calling.  There will be waltzes and other couple dances from 8:00-8:30 p.m., followed by contra dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10, $8 for students/under 21.  Contact Rose von Schlegell with any further questions (413-549-1913, rose@themovingviolations.com).

January 27 (Sunday, 7:00-10:00 p.m.): Eric, Edward Wallace (fiddle), and Ben Leddy (banjo, guitar) play for the contra dance at the Powder Mill Barn.  This dance is organized and run by long-time legendary caller (and author, dance organizer, and flute maker) Ralph Sweet.  Not to be missed!!  Beginner's welcome!  Powder Mill Barn, 32 South Maple Street, Enfield, CT.  Admission is $8, or $5 for students.

January 26 (Saturday, noon-3:00 p.m.): The Moving Violations plays the 21st Annual Snow Ball in Peterborough, NH, sponsored by the Monadnock Folklore Society.  Rebecca Lay will be calling.  And stick around for three more bands, and dancing until midnight!  You don't want to miss Elixir with Nils Fredland calling, Crowfoot with Steve Zakon-Anderson, and The Latter Day Lizards with Lisa Greenleaf.  The event takes place at the Peterborough Town House, 1 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH.  Admission for the event is $24.

January 4 (Friday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the 1st Friday Greenfield Contra Dance.  The band is: Ron Grosslein (fiddle, mandolin), Van Kaynor (fiddle), and Chuck Corman (guitar, bass, percussion), and Eric Eid-Reiner (piano).  Steve Zakon-Anderson is calling.  There will be waltzes and other couple dances from 8:00-8:30 p.m., followed by contra dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10, $8 for students/under 21.  Contact Rose von Schlegell with any further questions (413-549-1913, rose@themovingviolations.com).

2012

December 31 (New Year's Eve, 8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.): Eric will be playing again for the New Year's Eve Contra Dance at the Concord Scout House.  This is always a really fun night, featuring lots of contras, along with some squares, a ton of positive energy, great refreshments and snacks, and a fun countdown at midnight of course!  Desserts and snacks are welcome for the break at 10:30 p.m.  The dances are taught and beginners are welcome, so please feel free to bring yourself and your friends.  No partner needed.  Lisa Greenleaf and Walter Lenk will be the callers for the evening with music by Eric (piano), Debby Knight (fiddle, piano), Amy Richardson Larkin (fiddle), Audrey Knuth (fiddle), Jack O’Connor (mandolin, banjo, percussion), and Cal Howard (bass).  Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission is at the door: $15, or $12 for those 21 and under.

December 14 (Friday, 6:00 p.m.): Eric joins Cantor Kim Singer, Ellen Allard, Peter Allard, Rabbi Matt Berger, and many other musicians for a special Friday Night Live! Hanukkah service at Temple Emanuel of Worcester, a Reform Jewish congregation.  All are welcome to attend and participate (free of charge).  Temple Emanuel, 280 May Street, Worcester, MA.

December 7 (Friday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the 1st Friday Greenfield Contra Dance.  The band is: Ron Grosslein (fiddle, mandolin), Van Kaynor (fiddle), and Chuck Corman (guitar, bass, percussion), and Eric Eid-Reiner (piano).  Linda Leslie will be calling.  There will be waltzing and a few Swedish tunes from 8:00-8:30 p.m., followed by contra dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10, $8 for students/under 21.  Students who bring a friend each get in 1/2 price!  Contact Rose von Schlegell with any further questions (413-549-1913, rose@themovingviolations.com).

December 2 (Sunday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the BIDA (Boston Intergenerational Dance Advocates) dance with Audrey Knuth (fiddle), Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens (clarinet), and caller TBA.  There's a introductory workshop for new dancers at 7:00 p.m., and if you've never contra danced before, your first night is free if you come by 7:00 p.m.  Masonic Hall, 1950 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA.  Admission is $5-10 (sliding scale).

December 1 (Saturday evening): Private event - Eric plays solo for an evening of cocktails and dinner.

November 30 (Friday evening, 5:00-8:00 p.m.): Eric performs with the wonderful Julie Metcalf (fiddle) at Cary Memorial Library for Lexington Shopper's Night!  Stores and restaurants will be open late for eating, browsing, and holiday shopping.  The Library will be open until 8:00 p.m. with refreshments, our performance, and a performance from the Lexington High School Madrigal Singers!  Entry and food are free!  1874 Mass. Ave., Lexington, MA.

November 24 (Saturday, 2:00-5:00 p.m.): Eric plays with Audrey Knuth (fiddle) and Emily Troll (fiddle, accordion) for a special fundraiser contra dance at the Concord Scout House.  Lisa Greenleaf will be calling.  There will also be a shirt and skirt sale.  You won't want to miss this!  Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission $15, or $10 for 21 and under.

November 13 (Tuesday, 7:30-10:00 p.m.): Eric plays for the Boston Gender Free English Country Dance (BGFE) with Nora Smith (fiddle) and Donna Slonim (fiddle).  Linda Leslie will be teaching/calling.  All dances are taught, and beginners are welcome.  First Church of Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.  Admission is $7.

November 10 (Saturday afternoon): Private event - Eric plays a Bar Mitzvah reception with Dave Reiner on mandolin and fiddle.

November 2-4 (Friday afternoon through Sunday evening): Eric plays for various workshops/sessions at Fiddle Hell as well as helping with logistics for the event.  Over the course of the weekend, Eric will accompany a New England Jam as well as a Scottish and Cape Breton Jam, and more.  More details are coming soon.  Fiddle Hell will be at The Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord, MA.  Check out the Reiner Family Band web site for more info, cost for the weekend, and the full schedule for Fiddle Hell.

October 28 (Sunday afternoon): Private event - Eric plays for a contra dance with Audrey Knuth on fiddle and Dan Pearl calling.

October 21 (Sunday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the BIDA (Boston Intergenerational Dance Advocates) dance with fiddlers David Kaynor and Julie Metcalf.  Andy Shore will be calling.  There's a introductory workshop for new dancers at 7:00 p.m., and if you've never contra danced before, your first night is free if you come by 7:00 p.m.  Masonic Hall, 1950 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA.  Admission is $5-10 (sliding scale).

October 20 (Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.): Along with his Dad, David Reiner (fiddle, mandolin), and Paul Harty (guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals), Eric will be playing the music stage at the Farm Day Festival at the Daniel Webster Sanctuary of the Mass Audubon Society in Marshfield, MA.  A great day for family fun, with kids games, arts and crafts vendors, food, and more!  Note: Event will be postponed to October 27 in case of rain.

October 13 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays the Cotuit Contra Dance with fiddler Amy Larkin.  Paul Wilde will be calling.  Food contributions toward the refreshments at break time are always appreciated.  Freedom Hall, 976 Main Street, Cotuit, MA.  Admission is $8 at the door.

October 13 (Saturday afternoon): Private event - Eric plays a Bat Mitzvah reception with Glenn Dickson on clarinet.

October 10 (Wednesday, 7:15-9:15 p.m.): Domestic violence knows no limits of neighborhood or class or community.  Every year, the Domestic Violence Services Network holds a Candlelight Vigil honoring those who have died at the hands of their abusers in the last 12 months in the Boston area.  This year, it will be held at Temple Isaiah.  Rabbi Howard Jaffe will speak on “The Jewish Response to Domestic Violence,” and Detective Brian Savage of the Lexington Police Department will also contribute.  As each victim’s name is read, a candle will be lit in her/his honor.  Eric will be playing piano as attendees arrive.  After the ceremony, there will be refreshments and time to chat.  The Vigil is free and open to the public.  It is a very moving observance, and perhaps a way to open a conversation about a painful issue hiding in plain sight.  Temple Isaiah is at 55 Lincoln Street (across the street from the Lincoln Fields), Lexington, MA.  The vigil will be held in the Chapel.

October 8 (Monday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.): Eric plays with David Reiner (fiddle, mandolin), Paul Harty (guitar, mandolin, vocals, harmonica), and Andy Reiner (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) at the Buell's Orchard Fall Festival.  Come on out and pick apples, eat apple cider and apple cider donuts, go on a hayride, eat lunch, see the candy apple factory, shop at the store... and of course, listen to music!  Buell's Orchard, 108 Crystal Pond Road, Eastford, CT.  Free admission!  Contact 860-974-1150 with any questions.

October 7 (Sunday evening, 7:00 p.m.): Eric joins Cantor Kim Singer and other musicians for a special Friday Night Live! Simchat Torah service at Temple Emanuel of Worcester, a Reform Jewish congregation.  All are welcome to attend and participate (free of charge).  Temple Sinai, 280 May Street, Worcester, MA.

October 6 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric, fiddler Edward Wallace, and Sylvia Miskoe play the newly-revived 1st Saturday Deerfield Contra Dance, along with Edward Wallace (fiddle) and musician TBA.  Rachel Shapiro will be calling.  The dance is at the Deerfield Town Hall, 6 Church Street, Deerfield, NH.  Admission is $9 for adults and $3 for children ages 8 to 12.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Sarah at 603-463-4182, or Don at 603- 463-7777.

October 5 (Friday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the 1st Friday Greenfield Contra Dance.  The band is: Ron Grosslein (fiddle, mandolin), Van Kaynor (fiddle), and Chuck Corman (guitar, bass, percussion), and Eric Eid-Reiner (piano).  Scott Higgs will be calling.  There will be waltzing as well as a few Swedish tunes from 8:00-8:30 p.m., followed by contra dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10, $8 for students/under 21.  Special deal this dance only: Students who bring a friend (or more than one) all get in for half off the regular student price!! Contact Rose von Schlegell with any further questions (413-549-1913, rose@themovingviolations.com).

September 19 (Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.): Eric plays piano for an event sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Acton Boxborough and Nashoba Valley titled "Peace through Service: A Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence."  The event begins with registration and cocktails from 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by an Italian buffet and the program starting at 6:30 p.m., with dessert and coffee afterward.  There will also be a cash bar, as well as a silent auction to benefit the Domestic Violence Services Network.  Speakers include Assistant Middlesex County District Attorney Suzanne Kontz, Bedford Chief of Police Robert Bongiorno, DVSN Advocate richard Gauthier, and Rotary International Past District Governor Elias Thomas III.  Eric will be playing piano throughout the evening.  Please RSVP to Laura Spear at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 978-562-4521 if you plan on attending.  The cost is $25.

September 18 (Tuesday, 8:00-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays the MIT Contra Dance with Edward Wallace (fiddle) and Emily Peterson (concertina).  Jeff Kaufman will be calling.  Lobdell Dining Hall (Student Center 2nd Floor) at MIT in Cambridge, MA.  Free entry for Wellesley College and MIT students; requested donation of $3 from other students and $6 from the public.

September 15 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays the Montpelier Contra Dance with David Cantieni of Swallowtail and Wild Asparagus (on flute, saxophone, whistle, feet, bombard) and the wonderful Randy Miller (on fiddle).  Steve Zakon-Anderson will be calling.  Capital City Grange, Northfield Road (Highway 12), Montpelier, VT (1/2 mile south of Montpelier).  Admission $8, and $5 for dancers 15 and under.

September 14 (Friday, 7:30 p.m.): Eric plays an Attic Series Concert, with fiddler Beth Telford.  Eric will play several original compositions as well as traditional dance tunes from New England, Ireland, and Scotland; Beth, a Cape Breton fiddle teacher and performer, will share tunes from that lively Canadian tradition.  The concert will take place at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Washington Street, Barre, VT.  There is a handicap-accessible parking space behind the church.  Other parking may be found on Academy Street (very nearby), and on the north side of Route 302 next to the Vermont History Center.  Admission at the door is $12 (adults) and $7 (children 12 and under).  Contact Susan Reid at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 802-229-1403 with any further questions.

September 7 (Friday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the 1st Friday Greenfield Contra Dance.  The band is: Ron Grosslein (fiddle, mandolin), Van Kaynor (fiddle), and Chuck Corman (guitar, bass, percussion), and Eric Eid-Reiner (piano).  Steve Zakon-Anderson will be calling.  There will be Swedish music and dancing from 8:00-8:30 p.m., followed by contra dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10, $8 for students/under 21.  Contact Rose von Schlegell with any further questions (413-549-1913, rose@themovingviolations.com).

September 5 (Wednesday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the Downtown Amherst Contra Dance.  Nils Fredland will be calling.  This is a particularly beginner-friendly dance, with an optional beginner's session at 7:00 p.m.  The dance is at the Masonic Lodge, 99 Main Street, Amherst, MA.  Entry is $10 for adults, $8 for college students, and $6 for high school students.

September 1-4 (Saturday-Tuesday): Eric plays with Audrey Knuth (fiddle) and Becca Bosworth-Clemens (clarinet) at the Pinewoods Labor Day Weekend, which will feature English and American dancing, intensive Morris dance and international dance program, sessions in vocal and instrumental music for international dance.  This great weekend is sponsored by the Folk Arts Center of New England and the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS), Boston Centre.  For questions, contact Marcie Van Cleave at 781-662-7475 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Michael Resnick at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

August 27 (Monday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the Monday Night Contra Dance at the Concord Scout House, with David Kaynor (fiddle), Jack O'Connor (mandolin, banjo, percussion), and Cal Howard (bass).  Tavi Merrill will be calling.  Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission is $8 for adults ($5 after 9:30 p.m.), and $5 for those 22 and under.

August 17 (Friday, 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays the 3rd Friday Contra Dance with Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle) and Becca Bosworth-Clemens (clarinet).  Geoge Marshall will be calling.  This is a very fun dance and all levels of experience are welcome! Entry is $8-10.  Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.

August 11 (Saturday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.): Eric plays for an outdoor contra dance with Julie Metcalf on fiddle at Depot Square in Lexington Center.  Sue Rosen will be calling.  This event is sponsored by the Folk Arts Center of New England.  Dances will be beginner-friendly, and the event is free!  Parking is available throughout Lexington Center and in the large lot behind Depot Square (a.k.a. Emery Park).  In case of rain, the event will unfortunately be canceled.

August 7 (Tuesday, 8:00-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays the MIT Contra Dance with Audrey Knuth (fiddle) and Becca Bosworth-Clemens (clarinet).  Ron Blechner will be calling.  Lobdell Dining Hall (Student Center 2nd Floor) at MIT in Cambridge, MA.  Free entry for Wellesley College and MIT students; requested donation of $3 from other students and $6 from the public.

August 3 (Friday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the 1st Friday Greenfield Contra Dance.  The band is: Ron Grosslein (fiddle, mandolin), Van Kaynor (fiddle), and Chuck Corman (guitar, bass, percussion), and Eric Eid-Reiner (piano).  Chris Ricciotti will be calling.  There will be Swedish music and dancing from 8:00-8:30 p.m., followed by contra dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10, $8 for students/under 21.  Contact Rose von Schlegell with any further questions (413-549-1913, rose@themovingviolations.com).

July 28 (Saturday): Private event - Eric plays for a wedding reception contra dance with members of The Moving Violations.

July 27 (Friday, 7:30-11:30 p.m.): Eric plays a contra dance with David Kaynor (fiddle) of the Greenfield Dance Band and Hope Leary (fiddle and nyckelharpa) This is a very fun dance and all levels of experience are welcome! Entry is a $5-10 self-determined contribution.  Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.

July 24 (Tuesday, 8:00-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays the MIT Contra Dance with Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle).  Sala de Puerto Rico (Student Center 2nd Floor) at MIT in Cambridge, MA.  Free entry for Wellesley College and MIT students; requested donation of $3 from other students and $6 from the public.

July 20 (Friday, 7:00-9:00 p.m.): Eric calls for the end-of-week contra dance at the Summer Camp at the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture in Montpelier, VT, to the music of student bands!

July 20 (Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.): Eric teaches at the Summer Camp at the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture. The camp, in Montpelier, VT, is for kids ages 7-18, beginner-advanced.  Eric will be teaching piano there; other class options include Irish Tunes, Scottish Fiddle, Folk Songs for Kids, Guitar, Banjo, West African Drumming, Clogging, Songwriting and more.  The staff at the camp will include Eric Eid-Reiner, Sarah Blair, Colin McCaffrey, Tom Mackenzie, Jordan Mensah, Joanne Garton, Ellen Cooke, Katie Trautz, Brendan Taaffe, and Mark Greenberg.  Rates and further registration details can be found on the camp web site.

July 19 (Thursday, 7:00-10:00 p.m.): Eric plays at Nutty Steph's Granola Shop and Chocolate Bar-- a great place for fresh granola of all sorts, as well as chocolate, trail mix, and other confections.  Stop by to sip some chocolate, wine, or Belgian beer while you taste chocolates!!  Yum!  I'll be playing their acoustic piano and will have CDs and a tip jar out.  Nutty Steph's is at 961C U.S. Route 2, Middlesex, VT 05602 (at historic "Camp Meade" in Middlesex) -- just 10 miles from Montpelier.  Though I'm playing 7:00-10:00 p.m., you can stay until they close at midnight if you like!  Call them at 802-229-2090 if you have any trouble finding the place.

July 19 (Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.): Eric teaches at the Summer Camp at the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture.  The camp, in Montpelier, VT, is for kids ages 7-18, beginner-advanced.  Eric will be teaching piano there; other class options include Irish Tunes, Scottish Fiddle, Folk Songs for Kids, Guitar, Banjo, West African Drumming, Clogging, Songwriting and more.  The staff at the camp will include Eric Eid-Reiner, Sarah Blair, Colin McCaffrey, Tom Mackenzie, Jordan Mensah, Joanne Garton, Ellen Cooke, Katie Trautz, Brendan Taaffe, and Mark Greenberg.  Rates and further registration details can be found on the camp web site.

July 6 (Friday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the 1st Friday Greenfield Contra Dance.  The band is: Ron Grosslein (fiddle, mandolin), Van Kaynor (fiddle), and Chuck Corman (guitar, bass, percussion), and Eric Eid-Reiner (piano).  Adina Gordon will be calling.  There will be Swedish music and dancing from 8:00-8:30 p.m., followed by contra dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10, $8 for students/under 21.  Contact Rose von Schlegell with any further questions (413-549-1913, rose@themovingviolations.com).

June 19 (Tuesday, evening): Eric plays for a private event in Lincoln, MA.

June 11 (Monday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the Monday Night Contra Dance at the Concord Scout House, with David Kaynor (fiddle), Jack O'Connor (mandolin, banjo, percussion), and Cal Howard (bass).  Steve Zakon-Anderson will be calling.  Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission is $8 for adults ($5 after 9:30 p.m.), and $5 for those 22 and under.

June 2 (Saturday, 8:00 p.m.): Eric, Ben Leddy (clawhammer banjo, guitar), and Edward Wallace play the Peterborough 1st Saturday Contra Dance, with Rachel Shapiro calling.  There will be an optional beginner's workshop at 7:30 p.m.  The dance is at The Peterborough Town House, 1 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH.  Admission is $8, or $6 for students and senior citizens.

June 1 (Friday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the 1st Friday Greenfield Contra Dance.  The band is: Ron Grosslein (fiddle, mandolin), Van Kaynor (fiddle), and Chuck Corman (guitar, bass, percussion), and Eric Eid-Reiner (piano).  Rebecca Lay will be calling.  There will be Swedish music and dancing from 8:00-8:30 p.m., followed by contra dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10, $8 for students/under 21.  Contact Rose von Schlegell with any further questions (413-549-1913, rose@themovingviolations.com).

May 29 (Tuesday, 2:30-4:30 p.m.): Eric plays with fiddler Jon Cannon at the Lexington Farmer's Market.  May 29 is opening day for the 2012 market season, so come on down for all the extra festivities associated with that!  The market is free, and a great place to buy fresh, local fruits, vegetables, wines, cheeses, baked goods, sauces, meat, fish, crafts, gelato, and more!  It's a pleasant place to walk around, chat, pick up a snack and some ingredients, and of course listen to music.  The market takes place on the Lexington Public School Administration Building lawn at the corner of Fletcher Avenue and Masschusetts Avenue in the town center of Lexington, MA.  (Just look for the tents and food!)

May 17 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): Eric gives a talk titled "A Community Tradition: The Story of New England Contra and Square Dancing." In the 1800s, New England barn dances and less formal “kitchen junkets” often brought a community together not just for dancing but as social events.  The nature of square dancing and contra dancing in a community has evolved over time, but remains an essential part of the New England contra and square dance experience today.  Lexingtonian and dance pianist Eric Eid-Reiner will give a talk, and also play some traditional tunes with his brother Andy Reiner on fiddle, as he shares the music, dances, and cultural significance of this lively and enduring New England tradition.  Don’t forget your dancing shoes (sneakers are just fine!).  After immersing yourself in this tradition, you’ll surely be excited for the opportunity to do several of these participatory, beginner-friendly dances right then and there.  A caller will teach all the dances, and no experience is needed.  Admission is just $5 for this event sponsored by the Lexington Tourism Committee as part of "Revolutionary Revelry" month.  The event will be in the auditorium at Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, MA.

May 10 (Thursday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the Thursday Night Contra Dance (presented by NEFFA) at the Concord Scout House with his brother, Andy Reiner (fiddle) and Chris Turner (internationally acclaimed harmonica and jawharp player).  Bob Golder will be calling.  Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for those 22 and under.

May 4 (Friday evening, 7:30 p.m.): Eric joins Cantor Kim Singer and other musicians for a Friday Night Live! service at Temple Sinai of Worcester, a Reform Jewish congregation.  All are welcome to attend and participate (free of charge).  Temple Sinai, 661 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA.

April 29 (Sunday evening): Private event - Eric plays for contra, square and international folk dancing

April 27 (Friday, 8:00 p.m.): Eric joins Cantor Lisa Doob for a Shabbat service at Temple Isaiah of Lexington, a Reform Jewish congregation.  All are welcome to attend and participate (free of charge).  Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln Street, Lexington, MA.

April 22 (Sunday, 10:00 a.m.): Eric plays klezmer and Jewish music for dancing at NEFFA (a fantastic weekend Friday-Sunday, run by the New England Folk Festival Association) with Robin Sparr-Rothman (vocals, guitar) and many others.  This festival features countless workshops, performances, and dances all running at the same time in the Mansfield Middle School and High School buildings, with a wide mix of countries and cultures represented.  And the craft vendors, music vendors, and international foods are wonderful, too!  Mansfield Middle School Dance Hall, Qualters Middle School, 240 East Street, Mansfield, MA 02048.  Admission costs vary by day/weekend, with discounts for students, seniors, and youth; children ages 8 and under get in free!

April 14 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric and fiddler Alden Robinson play the Hartford/Wethersfield Contra Dance, with Adina Gordon calling.  Optional beginner's workshop at 7:30 p.m.  American Legion Post, 275 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT.  Admission $12, $10 for Hartford Community Dance members, $5 for teens and college students, and free for children 12 and under.

April 13 (Friday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric and fiddler Alden Robinson play the Queen City Contra Dance, with Adina Gordon calling.  Optional new dancer orientation from 7:45-8:00 p.m.  Hall locations vary each month; stay tuned for location info for this dance that takes place in Burlington, VT.  Admission is $8, and children 12 and under dance for free.

April 12 (Thursday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the Thursday Night Contra Dance (presented by NEFFA) at the Concord Scout House with fiddler Alden Robinson (of The Press Gang, Clew Bay, and Arigana Highway) and percussionist extraordinaire Taki Masuko.  Lucia Watson will be calling.  Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for those 22 and under.

March 30 (Friday evening, 7:30 p.m.): Eric joins Cantor Kim Singer and other musicians for a Friday Night Live! service at Temple Sinai of Worcester, a Reform Jewish congregation.  All are welcome to attend and participate (free of charge).  Temple Sinai, 661 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA.

March 22 (Thursday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays piano with the The Moving Violations for the NEFFA Thursday Contra Dance, with Lisa Greenleaf calling.  Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for those 22 and under.

March 17 (Saturday evening): Private event - Eric plays for a party along with David Reiner (fiddle, mandolin) and Paul Harty (guitar, mandolin, harmonica, vocals).

March 9 (Friday, 8:00 p.m.): Eric joins Cantor Lisa Doob for a Shabbat service at Temple Isaiah of Lexington, a Reform Jewish congregation.  All are welcome to attend and participate (free of charge).  Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln Street, Lexington, MA.

March 2 (Friday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): The Moving Violations play for the 1st Friday Greenfield Contra Dance.  The band is: Ron Grosslein (fiddle, mandolin), Van Kaynor (fiddle), and Chuck Corman (guitar, bass, percussion), and Eric Eid-Reiner (piano).  Caller TBA.  There will be Swedish music and dancing from 8:00-8:30 p.m., followed by contra dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10, $8 for students/under 21.  Contact Rose von Schlegell with any further questions (413-549-1913, rose@themovingviolations.com).

February 28 (Tuesday, 8:00-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays the MIT Contra Dance with fiddler Julie Metcalf and percussionist Judy Bruneau, with Jeff Kaufman calling.  Student Center Room 491 (fourth floor) at MIT, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA.  Free entry for Wellesley College and MIT students; requested donation of $3 from other students and $6 from the public.

February 26 (Sunday, 7:00-10:00 p.m.): Eric and fiddler Julie Metcalf play for the contra dance at the Powder Mill Barn.  This dance is organized and run by long-time legendary caller (and author, dance organizer, and flute maker) Ralph Sweet.  Not to be missed!!  Powder Mill Barn, 32 South Maple Street, Enfield, CT.  Admission is $8, or $5 for students.

February 25 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays the Mystic Contra Dance with Eric McDonald (mandolin, guitar) and David Kaynor (fiddle).  Lucia Watson will be calling.  Dubbed "the pie dance," this dance does not disappoint when it comes to having great pies!  The pie in February will be lemon meringue.  Upstairs at 58 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT.  Optional beginner's workshop at 7:45 p.m.  Admission $8, $5 for students, and $2 for kids under 12.

February 11 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays the Hartford/Wethersfield Contra Dance with Eric McDonald (mandolin, guitar) and Emily Troll (fiddle).  Steve Holland will be calling.  Optional beginner's workshop at 7:30 p.m.  American Legion Post, 275 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT.  Admission $12, $10 for Hartford Community Dance members, $5 for teens and college students, and free for children 12 and under.

February 10 (Friday, 7:00 p.m.): Eric joins Cantor Kim Singer and other musicians for a Friday Night Live! service at Temple Sinai of Worcester, a Reform Jewish congregation.  All are welcome to attend and participate (free of charge).  Temple Sinai, 661 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA.

February 9 (Thursday evening): Private event - Eric plays for a function.

February 4 (Saturday, 7:00 p.m.): Eric and fellow pianist Jacqueline Schwab play a concert featuring each of them on solo piano at Follen Church.  Jacqueline, who gave Eric lessons for many years, is an acclaimed pianist whose playing runs the stylistic gamut, from English Country Dance and Scottish to ragtime, jazz, and classical.  Jacqueline has been widely heard, on the sound tracks to Ken Burns' PBS documentaries, and at concerts and dances throughout the U.S.  Follen is located at 755 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA.  Advance reservations for the concert are available for $12 (or $7 for children, students, and seniors), by mailing a check to Eric Eid-Reiner; P.O. Box 566; Lexington, MA 02420.  Admission at the door will be available for $15 (adults)/$10 (children, students, and seniors).  Follen Church is wheelchair-accessible, and accessible parking is available beside the building.  Parking for all others is available along Mass. Ave. and also in the parking lot across the street from the church.

February 3 (Friday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): Eric plays with the The Moving Violations for the 1st Friday Greenfield Contra Dance.  The band is: Ron Grosslein (fiddle, mandolin), Van Kaynor (fiddle), and Chuck Corman (guitar, bass, percussion), with caller TBA.  There will be Swedish music and dancing from 8:00-8:30 p.m., followed by contra dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10, $8 for students/under 21.  Contact Rose von Schlegell with any further questions (413-549-1913, rose@themovingviolations.com).

January 28 (Friday, 7:30-11:30 p.m.): Eric plays a contra dance with members of the Greenfield Dance Band -- fiddler/caller David Kaynor, mandolin player Peter Siegel, and bassist Stuart Kenney. This is a very fun dance and all levels of experience are welcome! Entry is a $5-10 self-determined contribution.  Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.

January 9 (Monday, 7:30-8:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the Monday Night Contra Dance at the Concord Scout House, with David Kaynor (fiddle), Jack O'Connor (mandolin, banjo, percussion), and Cal Howard (bass).  Caller TBA.  Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission is $8 for adults ($5 after 9:30 p.m.), and $5 for those 22 and under.

January 6 (Friday, 8:00 p.m.): The Reiner Brothers (Eric and Andy) play from 8:00-8:50 p.m. for the first part of the Boston Celtic Music Festival (BCMFest) Boston Urban Ceilidh dance, a very fun and energetic contra dance.  More great music and dancing will follow their set.  The dance will be at The Atrium, 50 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA.  Entry to the dance is $15, or $10 for students.  Additional ticket prices for BCMFest can be found on their Tickets page.

2011

December 31 (New Year's Eve, 8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.): Eric will be playing again for the New Year's Eve Contra Dance at the Concord Scout House.  This is always a really fun night, featuring lots of contras, along with some squares, a ton of positive energy, great refreshments and snacks, and a fun countdown at midnight of course!  The dances are taught and beginners are welcome, so please feel free to bring yourself and your friends.  No partner needed.  Lisa Greenleaf and Walter Lenk will be the callers for the evening with music by Eric (piano), Debby Knight (fiddle, piano), Amy Richardson Larkin (fiddle), Audrey Knuth (fiddle), Jack O’Connor (mandolin, banjo, percussion), and Cal Howard (bass).  Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission is at the door: $15, or $12 for those 21 and under.

December 5 (Monday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the Monday Night Contra Dance at the Concord Scout House, with Julie Metcalf (fiddle), Rachel Panitch (fiddle), Jack O'Connor (mandolin, banjo, percussion), and Cal Howard (bass).  Dan Pearl will be calling.  Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission is $8 for adults ($5 after 9:30 p.m.), and $5 for those 22 and under.

December 3 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays the newly-revived 1st Saturday Deerfield Contra Dance, along with Edward Wallace (fiddle) and Ben Leddy (banjo).  Rachel Shapiro will be calling.  The dance is at the Deerfield Town Hall, 6 Church Street, Deerfield, NH.  Admission is $9 for adults and $3 for children ages 8 to 12. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Sarah at 603-463-4182, or Don at 603- 463-7777.

December 2 (Friday evening, 5:00-8:00 p.m.): Eric performs with the wonderful Julie Metcalf (fiddle) at Cary Memorial Library for Lexington Shopper's Night!  Stores and restaurants will be open late for eating, browsing, and holiday shopping.  The Library will be open until 8:00 p.m. with refreshments, our performance, and a performance from the Lexington High School Madrigal Singers!  Entry and food are free!  1874 Mass. Ave., Lexington, MA.

November 18 (Friday evening, 7:00-9:00 p.m.): Eric plays for the Wheaton College Contra Dance with Julie Metcalf (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin).  Bill Fischer will be calling.  Wheaton College, 26 East Main Street, Norton, MA.

November 17 (Thursday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the Bard College Contra Dance with Julie Metcalf (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin).  Quena Crain will be calling.  Bard College, Bertlesmann Campus Center Multi-Purpose Room, 30 Campus Road, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.  Entry is free for Bard students, faculty, and staff, and a suggested donation of $5-8 for community members.

November 11 (Friday evening): Private event - Eric plays for a wedding.

November 4-6 (Friday evening through Sunday evening): Eric plays for various workshops/sessions at Fiddle Hell as well as helping with logistics for the event.  He will accompany some of the teachers from Friday's Pre-Fiddle Hell Workshops at the Friday night concert, which is open to the public.  Over the course of the weekend, Eric will accompany a New England Jam as well as a Scottish and Cape Breton Jam, and will teach a workshop on reducing performance stress.  On Saturday, he'll accompany fiddlers at The Big Saturday Night Event (a fiddler's roundrobin where everyone is encouraged to play one short tune, and where everyone also plays some of the Fiddle Hell common tunes together).  More details are coming soon.  Fiddle Hell will be at The Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord, MA.  Entry for the weekend is is $60 per adult, and $40 for students under 18 and seniors over 65 years old.  Check out the Reiner Family Band web site for more info and the full schedule for Fiddle Hell.

October 28 (Friday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays the Rehoboth Contra Dance with Eric McDonald (mandolin, guitar) and Julie Metcalf (fiddle).  Lucia Watson will be calling.  Home-made tasty treats for the break are always appreciated.  The dances are at Goff Hall (home of Rehoboth's Blanding Library and the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society), 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA.  Call Shawn at 508-252-6375 or e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

POSTPONED TO DATE TBA: was going to be October 22 (Saturday, 8:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric play for a dance at the Irish Ceilidhe Club of Rhode Island with the great Sligo style Irish fiddler Tony DeMarco.  Tony is also teaching an Irish tune workshop for all instruments 3:00-5:00 p.m. and playing a concert 7:30-8:15 p.m.  Irish Ceilidhe Club, 50 America Street, Cranston, RI 02920.  Call 401-944-3233 with questions. Admission info TBA.

October 22 (Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.): Along with my Dad, David Reiner (fiddle, mandolin) and Paul Harty (guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals), I will be playing the music stage at the Farm Day Festival at the Daniel Webster Sanctuary of the Mass Audubon Society in Marshfield, MA.  The cost of the event is $5 for Mass Audubon members, $7 for non-members, and kids 3 and under are free.  There will be traditional music workshops for acoustic guitar (11:30 a.m.-noon) and fiddle (1:15-1:45 p.m.) for beginners through intermediate players.  For kids and adults who already have some experience playing: please bring your instrument.

October 19 (Wednesday evening, 7:00 p.m.): Eric joins Cantor Kim Singer and other musicians for Simchat Torah at Temple Sinai of Worcester, a Reform Jewish congregation.  All are welcome to attend and participate (free of charge).  Simchat Torah is a joyful Jewish holiday marking the end to the annual finish to the year's Torah readings and also the start of the new cycle.  Temple Sinai, 661 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA.

October 10 (Monday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.): Eric plays with David Reiner (fiddle, mandolin) and Paul Harty (guitar, mandolin, vocals, harmonica) at the Buell's Orchard Fall Festival.  Come on out and pick apples, eat apple cider and apple cider donuts, go on a hayride, eat lunch, see the candy apple factory, shop at the store... and of course, listen to music!  Buell's Orchard, 108 Crystal Pond Road, Eastford, CT.  Free admission!  Contact 860-974-1150 with any questions.

October 9 (Sunday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays the Brattleboro Contra Dance along with David Kaynor on fiddle, and Dave Eisenstadter calling.  There is a slow jam before the dance from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and a beginner's session will start at 7:15 p.m., just before the dance starts.  I'm really looking forward to playing this great dance, and it's always a pleasure to play tunes with David!  The dance is at the Stone Church, at the intersection of Main Street and Grove Street, Brattleboro, VT.  Admission is $10, or $7 for students, seniors, and low-income people.  Contact Ethan at 802-257-9234 with questions.

October 2 (Sunday, 2:00-5:15 p.m.): Eric plays with Julie Metcalf (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin) for the first Mostly Waltz Rhode Island dance of the season.  The event begins with waltz instruction from 2:00-2:45 p.m., followed by open dancing from 2:45-5:15 p.m. with a break.  The open dancing will be, not surprisingly, mostly waltzes, with other dances as well including the occasional polka, tango, shottische, and swing tune.  The dance is at the Jewish Community Center, 401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence, RI.  Admission is $12, or just $5 for students.

September 24 (Saturday, 7:30-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays with Edward Wallace (fiddle) and Ben Leddy (banjo, cello) for a combined dance of the JP Gender-Free Contra and the MIT Contra, with Paul Wilde calling.  The dance will be at the MIT Student Center on the 2nd Floor in Cambridge, MA.  Admission is $10, or $6 for students.

September 23 (Friday evening, 7:30 p.m.): Eric joins Cantor Kim Singer and other musicians for a Friday Night Live! service at Temple Sinai of Worcester, a Reform Jewish congregation.  All are welcome to attend and participate (free of charge).  Temple Sinai, 661 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA.

September 20 (Tuesday, 8:00-10:30 p.m.): Eric plays the MIT Contra Dance with fiddlers Julie Metcalf and Edward Wallace, and Rachel Shapiro calling.  Student Center Room 491 (fourth floor) at MIT in Cambridge, MA.  Free entry for Wellesley College and MIT students; requested donation of $3 from other students and $6 from the public.

September 17 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.:) Eric plays the Trenton Contra Dance with Malcolm Sanders on fiddle and Tavi Merrill calling.  The dance is at the Trenton Grange Hall, located at the junction of Routes 230 and 3, just south of Hancock County Airport in Trenton, ME.  Entry is $7, or $5 for students.

September 17 (Saturday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.): Eric performs with Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin, vocals) perform in the Treworgy Orchards Concert Series.  3876 Union Street, Levant, ME.  Free!  Contact: 207-884-8354 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

September 16 (Friday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Matching Orange (with Fiona Schubeck filling in on fiddle) plays the Bangor Contra Dance, with Bill Olson calling.  Beginner's workshop at 7:30 p.m.  Unitarian-Universalist Church, 120 Park Street, Bangor, ME.  Admission $8; $20 for families.

September 10 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays a second night in a row with David Kaynor, as well as fiddler Rebecca McCollum, at the Hartford/Wethersfield Contra Dance. A particularly friendly and welcoming dance, with an optional beginner’s session at 7:30 p.m.  Jim Gregory will be calling. Entry is $12 regular, $10 for 65+, $5 for teens and college students, and free for kids 12 and under. The dance is at the (air-conditioned) American Legion Post, 275 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT.

September 9 (Friday, 7:30-11:30 p.m.): Eric plays a contra dance with fiddler David Kaynor and other members of the Greenfield Dance Band, with Charlotte Crittenden (from Brasstown, NC) calling. This is a very fun dance and all levels of experience are welcome! Entry is a $5-10 self-determined contribution.  Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.

August 5 (Friday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): Eric plays with Ron Grosslein (fiddle, mandolin), Van Kaynor (fiddle), and Chuck Corman (guitar, bass, percussion), all members of the wonderful band, The Moving Violations for the Greenfield Contra Dance, with caller TBA.  There will be Swedish music and dancing from 8:00-8:30 p.m., followed by contra dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10, $8 for students/under 21.  Contact Rose von Schlegell with any further questions (413-549-1913, rose@themovingviolations.com).

August 4 (Thursday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Matching Orange plays the Thursday night dance at the Concord Scout House, w/Linda Leslie calling.  Important location note: Due to Construction at the Scout House, the dance will take place at the air-conditioned West Cambridge Youth and Community Center, 680 Huron Avenue, Cambridge, MA.  Admission: $8 ($5 for people 22 and under).

July 29-31 (Friday-Sunday): Matching Orange plays at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival.  We will be performing, playing for dances, and conducting workshops at this fantastic festival.  Waterfront Park, College Street, Burlington, VT.  Schedule for the weekend as well as ticket prices on the festival web site.

July 23 (Saturday, 9:00-11:30 a.m.): Eric plays with fiddler Edward Wallace at the Marblehead Farmer's Market.  Check out local fruits, vegetables, and artisan crafts and listen to some live music!  The market runs 9:00 a.m.-noon rain or shine.  In case of pouring rain, I likely won't be playing.  217 Pleasant Street (enter from Vine Street), Marblehead, MA.

July 16 (Saturday, 8:30-11:30 p.m.): Matching Orange plays for the Lenox Contra Dance, with Jon Greene calling.  There will be a beginners workshop from 8:00-8:30 p.m.  Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker Street, Lenox, MA.  Entry to the dance is at the door: $10 for adults, $5 for students; new dancers get into their second dance free.

July 15 (Friday, 7:00 p.m.): Matching Orange plays a concert at the Library Arts Center Gallery and Studio.  Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport, NH.  This is a free performance, thanks in part to a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

July 12 (Tuesday, 2:00-3:30 p.m.): Eric plays with Rachel Panitch (fiddle) at the Lexington Farmer's Market.  The market is free, and a great place to buy fresh, local fruits, vegetables, wines, cheeses, baked goods, sauces, meat, fish, crafts, gelato, and more!  It's a pleasant place to walk around, chat, pick up a snack and some ingredients, and of course listen to music.  The market takes place on the Lexington Public School Administration Building lawn at the corner of Fletcher Avenue and Masschusetts Avenue in the town center of Lexington, MA.  (Just look for the tents and food!)

July 1 (Friday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): Eric plays with fiddlers Ron Grosslein and Van Kaynor of the wonderful band, The Moving Violations for the Greenfield Contra Dance, with the energetic Nils Fredland calling (and playing some trombone).  There will be Swedish music and dancing from 8:00-8:30 p.m., followed by contra dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is $10, $8 for students/under 21.  Contact Rose von Schlegell with any further questions (413-549-1913, rose@themovingviolations.com).

June 24 (Friday, 7:30-11:30 p.m.): Eric plays for the Greenfield Contra Dance with fiddler Susan Conger, Crooked Still's bass player Corey DiMario, and members of the Greenfield Dance Band (David Kaynor calling and playing fiddle, and Peter Siegel on guitar and mandolin).  All are welcome!  The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Entry to the dance is a suggested contribution of $5-10 at the door.

June 10 (Friday, 7:00-9:00 p.m.): Matching Orange plays a contra/square dance at Cary Memorial Library, with David Kaynor calling.  1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA.  Further details coming soon.

June 6 (Monday, 8:00 p.m.): Matching Orange performs at SkyHeart Studio.  This is a fantastic, intimate venue -- really a fabulous place to hear live music!  Space is limited to 40 and it will fill, so head on over to the website and buy now!  SkyHeart Studio, 51 South Main Street, Suite 3, Gloversville, NY.  Admission $20.

June 3-5 (Friday-Sunday): Matching Orange plays the Great Bear Groove Dance Weekend! along with The Great Bear Trio (Andrew and Noah Van Norstrand and Kim Yerton), Nils Fredland (calling, trombone), Mark Hellenberg (percussion), and Sarah Van Norstrand (calling).  This is going to be a ton of fun!!  Super early-bird rates (by April 1) of $60 for adults and $45 for students; early-bird rates (by May 21) of $70 for adults and $55 for students; regular rates (after May 21) of $80 for adults and $65 for students.  One-day rates are also available.  Check out the web site for registration info and the schedule.  You can also contact the Van Norstrands with questions, at 315-598-3923 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Fallbrook Lodge, 103 Thompson Road, Oswego, NY.

June 2 (Thursday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Matching Orange plays the Pre-Groove Dance at the Rochester Contra Dance.  Covenant United Methodist Church, 1124 Culver Road, Rochester, NY.  Admission $7; $6 for seniors, students, and members.

May 30 (Monday morning, 3:30-7:00 a.m.): Dance all night!!  Matching Orange plays "the graveyard shift" at the Brattleboro Dawn Dance, with Mary Wesley calling.  Gibson-Aikon Center, 207 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT.  Admission $25 for the whole event (English country dancing from 2:30-5:30 p.m. and contra dancing from 8:00 p.m. Sunday to 7:00 a.m. Monday), with discounts for students and partial attendees.

April 29 (Friday evening, 7:30 p.m.): Eric joins Cantor Kim Singer and other musicians for a Friday Night Live! service at Temple Sinai of Worcester, a Reform Jewish congregation.  All are welcome to attend and participate (free of charge).  Temple Sinai, 661 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA.

April 15 (Friday, 9:00-9:50 p.m.): Eric joins Robin Sparr-Rothman, Eugene Rothman, Gila Rothman, Yael Rothman, Barry Shapiro, and others in playing for Israeli dancing at NEFFA.  This great folk festival features music, dance, crafts, and food from all around the world!  The festival runs Friday through Sunday.  Admission prices vary depending on age, membership status, and day(s) attending.

April 2 (Saturday, 3:00-4:00 p.m.): Eric's senior piano recital at Wheaton.  Eric will play classical, ragtime, and folk music, including some original compositions.  He will be joined by guests including Bethany Waickman (guitar) on a few tunes.  Woolley Room, Mary Lyon, Wheaton College, 26 East Main Street, Norton, MA.  Park in the Visitor's Lot on East Main Street, cross the street to get to campus, and look for the yellow building (Mary Lyon) diagonally to your right; the Woolley Room is upstairs.  Free!

March 13 (Sunday, 3:00 p.m.): Matching Orange plays a concert at the Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center.  2 Highland Drive, South Carthage, ME.  Admission $10 in advance and at the door; call the Skye Theatre at 207-562-4445 to reserve your tickets.

March 12 (Saturday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): Matching Orange plays the North Yarmouth Contra Dance, with Maggie Robinson calling.  Potluck at 7:00 p.m. (bring a dish to share, or $5 contribution); beginners session at 7:30 p.m..  Wescustogo Hall, on Route 115, just past the junction of Route 9, North Yarmouth, ME.  Admission $10, $7 for students.

March 11 (Friday, 8:00-11:30 p.m.): Matching Orange plays the Bates College Contra Dance, with Richard Green calling.  Chase Hall, Bates College, Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME.  Admission $6.

February 25 (Friday, 8:00 p.m.): Matching Orange opens for The Clancy Legacy at The Me and Thee Coffeehouse.  28 Mugford Street, Marblehead, MA.  Admission $18 in advance, $20 at the door.

February 13 (Sunday, 2:00-5:00 p.m.): Matching Orange plays for the Mostly Waltz Rhode Island Dance.  The basic and special lesson will be taught by Charlie Mandleburg.  Jewish Community Center, 401 Elmgrove Ave., Providence, RI.  Admission $12; discounted for students.

February 5 (Saturday, 7:00-9:00 p.m.): Eric plays the Wheaton College Contra Dance with Alden Robinson, with Beth Parkes calling.  26 East Main Street, Norton, MA.

January 22 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Matching Orange plays the Mystic Contra Dance, with Lucia Watson calling.  Upstairs at 58 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT.  Optional beginner's workshop at 7:45 p.m.  Admission $8, $5 for students, and $2 for kids under 12.

January 15 (Saturday, 7:00 p.m.): Matching Orange performs in the Great Northwoods Association for the Arts concert series, at the Colebrook Country Club.  Colebrook Country Club, 15 Abenaki Lane (off Route 26), Colebrook, NH.  Admission $12.

January 14 (Friday evening, 7:00 p.m.): Eric joins Cantor Kim Singer and other musicians for a Friday Night Live! / Shabbat Shirah service at Temple Sinai of Worcester, a Reform Jewish congregation.  All are welcome to attend and participate (free of charge).  Temple Sinai, 661 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA.

2010

December 31 (Friday, 8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.): Eric plays the New Year's Eve Dance with Amy Richardson Larkin (fiddle), Debby Knight (fiddle, piano), Jack O'Connor (mandolin, banjo, percussion), and Cal Howard (bass).  Walter Lenk and Lisa Greenleaf will be calling.  Food welcome for the break at 10:30 p.m.  Concord Scout House, 72 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission $12.

December 3 (Friday evening, 5:30-7:30 p.m.): Eric performs with the wonderful Julie Metcalf (fiddle) at Cary Memorial Library for Lexington Shopper's Night!  Stores and restaurants will be open late for eating, browsing, and holiday shopping.  The Library will be open until 8:00 p.m. with refreshments, our performance, a performance from the Lexington High School Madrigal Singers!  Entry and food are free!  1874 Mass. Ave., Lexington, MA.

November 27 (Saturday, 8:00 p.m.): Matching Orange performs at the Elysium Arts Folk Club -- a really wonderful place to relax and listen to music.  3 Front Street, Lower Mill at Salmon Falls, Rollinsford, NH.  Admission $15, and $5 for kids.

November 20 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Matching Orange plays the Montpelier Contra Dance, with Steve Zakon-Anderson calling.  Northfield Road (Highway 12), Montpelier (1/2 mile south of Montpelier), VT.  Admission $8.

November 13-14 (Friday evening and Saturday all day): Eric plays for various workshops/sessions at Fiddle Hell.  Friday 6:30-7:30 p.m.: New England Jam with Julie Metcalf, accompanied by Eric Eid-Reiner on piano.  Saturday 11:00-11:50 a.m.: New England Jam with David Kaynor, accompanied by Eric Eid-Reiner.  Saturday 1:00-2:50 p.m.: Scottish and Cape Breton jam with Eric Eid-Reiner.  Saturday 8:00 p.m.: The Big Saturday Night Event! A fiddler's roundrobin where everyone is encouraged to play one short tune, and we will all also play some of the Fiddle Hell common tunes together.  The Old Groton Grill, Inn, and Tavern, 128 Main Street (Route 119), Groton, MA.  Suggested donation for the weekend (not including Friday's workshops) is $40 per adult, and $30 for students under 18 and seniors over 65 years old.  Check out the Reiner Family Band web site for more info and the full schedule for Fiddle Hell.

November 13 (Friday, 8:00-9:30 p.m.): A fiddle concert by Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, Kimberley Fraser, Dave Reiner, Clayton March, Julie Metcalf, and Eric Eid-Reiner marking the beginning of the weekend-long Fiddle Hell event.  The Old Groton Grill, Inn, and Tavern, 128 Main Street (Route 119), Groton, MA.  Walk-ins/non-musicians are welcome, and admission is $10.  The concert is free for those who have paid for the Pre-Fiddle Hell Workshops.  Check out the Reiner Family Band web site for more info and the full schedule for Fiddle Hell.

October 23 (Saturday, 7:15-10:30 p.m.): Eric and fiddler Tim Ball play the Munson Library Contra Dance, with Rebecca Lay calling.  All levels of experience are welcome, though this is a particularly great dance for those relatively new to contra dancing.  Munson Memorial Library, 1046 South East Street, Amherst, MA.  Contact Linda at 413-256-0673 with questions.  Admission $5-10 sliding scale.

October 15 (Friday, 6:00 p.m.): Eric joins Cantor Jodi Sufrin, clarinetist Glenn Dickson, and a percussionist for a musical Shabbat service at Temple Beth Elohim, a Reform Jewish congregation.  All are welcome to attend and participate (free of charge).  Temple Beth Elohim, 10 Bethel Road, Wellesley, MA. is a

October 11 (Monday, Columbus Day, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.): Eric, Dave Reiner (fiddle, mandolin), and Paul Harty (guitar, mandolin, vocals, harmonica) play at the Buell's Orchard Fall Festival, alternating sets with guitarist and singer Jim Gallant.  Fun for the whole family including live music, hay rides, apple picking, a barbeque, and the opportunity to see the orchard's apple cider press and candy apple factory.  108 Crystal Pond Road, Eastford, CT.

October 9 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Matching Orange plays the Hartford/Wethersfield Contra Dance, with David Kaynor calling.  Optional beginner's workshop at 7:30 p.m.  American Legion Post, 275 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT.  Admission $12, $10 for Hartford Community Dance members, $5 for teens and college students, and free for children 12 and under.

September 15 (Wednesday, 10:00 p.m.): Eric plays with Julie Metcalf (fiddle, viola) and Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin, vocals) at the Lyons Den (coffeehouse).  Wheaton College, Taunton Ave. (near address 26 East Main Street), Norton, MA.  Free and open to the public.

August 20 (Friday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays the 3rd Friday Contra Dance in Greenfield with fiddlers Ron Grosslein (from the bands Swallowtail and The Moving Violations) and a Amy Cann.  George Marshall will be calling.  Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.  Admission $8-10.

August 6 (Friday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Matching Orange plays the Belfast Flying Shoe's Contra Dance, with Chrissy Fowler calling.  Before Matching Orange plays, the all-comers band (open to all musicians) plays for a community dance from 6:30-7:30 p.m., followed by a Tasty Treat Potluck (sweet or savory) at 7:30 p.m.  Frank D. Hazeltine American Legion Post 43, 143 Church Street, Belfast, ME.  Admission $8, and $6 for teens and those at the community dance.

August 2 (Monday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Matching Orange plays the Monday Night Contra Dance at the Concord Scout House.  74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission $8, and $5 for people 22 and under.

July 31 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays a square and contra dance at the Concord Scout House with Debby Knight (fiddle), and Walter Lenk (mandocello), with Bob Golder calling.  74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission $8, and $6 for teens.

July 21-25 (Wednesday-Sunday): Eric performs with fiddler Elly Marshall at the 16th Annual Festival Mémoire et Racines at 11:00 a.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.  Joliette, Québec, Canada.  Festival lineup includes many fantastic bands and musicians, including Genticorum, Donna Hébert, Raz-de-Marée (Tidal Wave), and countless others!  There is lots of great jamming there, too!  Ticket information is available on the festival web site.

July 17 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Matching Orange plays the Folk Project's Swingin' Tern Contra Dance, with Marguerite Durant calling.  Optional beginner's workshop at 7:30 p.m.  The First Presbyterian Church, 14 Hanover Road, East Hanover, NJ.  Admission $10, and $5 for students with ID.

July 16 (Friday, 8:00 p.m.): Matching Orange opens for Jack Williams at The Minstrel Coffeehouse (run by The Folk Project).  Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ.  Admission $7.

July 12 (Monday, 8:00 p.m.): The Reiner Family Band (along with others) plays BCMFest Celtic Music Monday at Club Passim as a benefit concert for the annual Boston Celtic Music Festival (a.k.a. BCMFest).  Come a bit early and have dinner at Veggie Planet, the fantastic vegetarian restaurant that shares space with Club Passim.  47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA (in Harvard Square).  Admission $15 for nonmembers, $10 for Club Passim members, and $5 for kids 12 and under at the door.

July 10 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Eric plays a square and contra dance at the Concord Scout House with Debby Knight (fiddle), Jim Guinness (saxophone, flute, whistles), and Walter Lenk (mandocello), with Bob Golder and Linda Leslie calling.  74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission $8, and $6 for teens.

July 7 (Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.): Matching Orange's Maine CD release show at Blue, a great live music food venue serving terrific food, wine, and beer.  650A Congress Street, Portland, ME.  Suggested donation.

June 28 (Monday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Matching Orange plays the Monday Night Contra Dance at the Concord Scout House, along with Jack O'Connor (mandolin, banjo, percussion).  74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission $8, and $5 for people 22 and under.

June 27 (Sunday, 3:00 p.m.): Eric performs with master Irish fiddler Seamus Connolly, flutist Skip McKinley, and vocalist Haley Plourde-Cole at the Saltwater Farm Vineyard.  Sample great, local wine while listening to live music!  349 Elm Street, Stonington, CT.  For more details, call 860-415-9072.  Admission $20 (purchase at the door).

June 25 (Friday, 8:30-11:30 p.m.): Matching Orange plays the Glen Echo Contra Dance, with Steve Gester calling.  Optional beginner's workshop from 7:30-8:15 p.m.  Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, Oxford Park, Glen Echo, MD.  Admission $9.

June 24 (Thursday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Matching Orange plays the Glenside Contra Dance, with Lisa Greenleaf calling.  Optional beginner's workshop at 7:30 p.m.  Glenside Memorial Hall, Waverly Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA.  Admission $9, $5 for students, and free for children under 12.

June 23 (Wednesday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Matching Orange plays the Baltimore Contra Dance, with Susan Taylor calling.  Optional new dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m.  Lovely Lane Methodist Church, 2200 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD.  Admission $12, $8 for members, $6 for student nonmembers, and $5 for student members.

June 20 (Sunday, 7:00 p.m.): Performance of Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer player extraordinaire) and his son, Bradley Kolodner (banjo), along with Elke Baker (Scottish fiddler) and Matching Orange in Ken's backyard (rain location: inside Ken's house).  Ken and Eric play several tracks together on Eric's CD, "On a Meadowlark Night," and will play together at the concert as well.  Performance will be followed by jamming!  3806 Fenchurch Road, Baltimore, MD.  Admission $18.  For information and reservations, contact Ken at 410-243-7254.

June 19 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Matching Orange plays the NHCD Branford Contra Dance, with Ted Crane calling.  Optional beginners workshop at 7:30 p.m.  46 Church Street, Branford, CT.  Admission $10.

June 12 (Saturday, 8:00-11:00 p.m.): Matching Orange plays at the Concord Scout House for the Country Dance Society (CDS) 2nd Saturday Contra Dance, with Jeff Petrovich calling.  74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission $10, $8 for CDS Boston members, and $6 for people 21 and under.

June 11 (Friday, 7:00-9:00 p.m.): Matching Orange plays a for Dancing in the Stacks contra/square dance at Cary Memorial Library, with George Marshall calling.  1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA.  Organized by the Library's Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and open to everyone.  Free!

June 5 (Saturday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Matching Orange plays the Medway Contra Dance, with Chris Lahey calling. 14 School Street, Medway, MA. Admission $8 for adults, $4 for free, and free for children under 12.

2009

December 31: Ring in 2010 with the New Year's Eve Contra Dance at the Concord Scout House!  Lisa Greenleaf and Walter Lenk will be calling, to the music of Amy Richardson Larkin (fiddle), Emily Troll (fiddle), Debby Knight (fiddle and piano), Eric Eid-Reiner (piano), Jack O'Connor (mandolin, banjo, percussion), and Cal Howard (bass).  74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission is $12, at the door.

December 27: The Reiner Family Band (Andy, Cindy, Dave, Eric) play a concert in Key West. Congregation B'Nai Zion, 750 United Street, Key West, FL, $15.

December 4: Eric and fiddler Julie Metcalf will be performing at Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, on Lexington Shopper's Night!  Stores and restaurants will be open late for your eating, browsing and shopping.  The Library will be open from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with refreshments, our performance, and other exciting happenings.  Entry and food are free! 1874 Mass. Ave., Lexington, MA.

November 14: Held annually and organized by Eric’s Dad, David Reiner, Fiddle Hell is an informal gathering of fiddlers to meet, jam, learn, and have fun. Fiddle Hell runs all weekend, but Eric will just be there on Saturday: accompanying a Scottish and Cape Breton jam (1:00-2:20 p.m.), teaching a beginning-intermediate piano accompaniment workshop (2:30-3:20 p.m.), accompanying an Irish jam led by fiddler Brendan Carey Block and bones player Steve Brown (4:30-6:00 p.m.), and accompanying the big Saturday night event (8:00 p.m.). The Stagecoach Inn, 128 Main Street, Route 119, Groton, MA. Suggested minimum donation of $20. Fiddlers only!

November 7: Matching Orange plays the Medway Contra Dance, with caller TBA. 14 School Street, Medway, MA. Admission $7, $3 for students, and free for those under 12.

November 6: Matching Orange plays the Challenging Contra Dance at the Concord Scout House, with Bob Isaacs calling. 74 Walden Street, Concord, MA. Admission $9, or $7 for those under 21.

October 31: Eric plays for the Boston Gender-Free Contra Dance, with John Chambers (accordion, fiddle, mandolin, and whistle) and Glenn Dickson, and caller TBA. Halloween Klezmer Contra Dance Party! Costumes welcome. 1st Church of Jamaica Plain (Unitarian-Universalist), 6 Eliot Street (at the monument), Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA. Admission $10, $6 for students, and free for children under 12.

October 16: Matching Orange plays the Brown University Contra Dance, with Lucia Watson calling. Alumni Hall, Brown University, Thayer Street, Providence, RI. Admission $7.

October 12 (Columbus Day): Eric, Dave Reiner and Paul Harty at Buell's Orchard, Fall Festival. Food, fresh fruits and veggies for sale, hay rides, and more! Free fun for the whole family! 108 Crystal Pond Road, Eastford, CT.

October 9: Matching Orange plays a contra dance at Bates College, with caller TBA. Chase Hall, 2 Andrews Road, Lewiston, ME. Admission $5.

October 3: Matching Orange opens for the acclaimed Scottish folk band, Malinky, in the NotloB concert series. Unity Church of God in Davis Square: 6 William St., Somerville, MA. Just 3 blocks from the MBTA's Davis Square stop on the Red Line. Admission is $17 at the door, or $15 with advance reservations This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at least 24 hours before the show).

September 26: Part of the Reiner Family Band (Eric with David Reiner and Paul Harty) plays at the Burlington Historical Commission’s outdoor festival at the Burlington Town Common, Burlington, MA

September 25: Matching Orange plays a contra dance at Wheaton College, with caller TBA. Atrium in Balfour-Hood Campus Center, Wheaton College, 26 East Main Street, Norton, MA. Free!

August 18: Eric plays with Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle) at the Lexington Farmer's Market.  Come buy fresh, local fruits, veggies, breads, sauces, and more while listening to live music!  Click here for more info.  At the corner of Mass. Ave., Woburn Street, and Fletcher Ave. in Lexington Center (MA).

August 15: Eric plays  with Carol Bittenson, Debby Knight, and Walter Lenk, with Daniel Friedman calling; for the Saturday Night Contra series at the Concord Scout House.  74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission TBA.  All dances are taught; beginners are welcome.

August 14: Eric plays a contra dance with David Kaynor (fiddle, caller) and many others at the Guiding Star Grange Hall .  401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA. Beginner's workshop at 7:30 p.m.  Admission $8-10 sliding scale.  All dances are taught; beginners are welcome.

July 31-August 2: Matching Orange plays for dances, performs, and more at the fantastic Champlain Valley Folk Festival, alongside other great bands including my brother’s band Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, Crowfoot, Laura Risk and Jacqueline Schwab (an amazing piano teacher of mine), and many others. Ticket prices and general info.

July 25: Matching Orange returns to the Mystic Contra Dance, with Lucia Watson calling. 58 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT. Admission $8, $5 for students, and $2 for those under 12.

July 24: Matching Orange performance at Studio 99, a new venue! 99 Pine Street, Nashua, NH. Admission is $10, or $8 for students.

July 23: Matching Orange plays at the NEFFA Thursday Series Contra Dance at the Concord Scout House, with Chrissy Fowler calling. 74 Walden Street, Concord, MA. Admission $8, or $5 for students.

July 11: Matching Orange plays the Binghamton Contra Dance, with Ted Crane calling. 308 Main Street, Johnson City, NY. Admission is $6, or $3 for under 18 and students with $18; family maximum $15.

July 10: Matching Orange plays the Ithaca Contra Dance, with Ted Crane calling. 1825 Slaterville Road, Ithaca, NY. Admission TBA.

July 9: Matching Orange plays the Rochester Contra Dance, with Sarah Zeigler calling. 1124 Culver Road, Rochester, NY. Admission is $8, $7 for members; $1 off for seniors and students.

July 6: Matching Orange plays for the Monday Night Contra series at the Concord Scout House.  74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission $8, or $5 for students.  All dances are taught; beginners are welcome.

July 4: Trad Fireworks Show, featuring the bands Matching Orange, Fireside and Perpetual e-Motion at Club Passim. Harvard Square, 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA. Tickets are $15, or $13 for non-members. Click here or call 617-492-7679.

June 1: Eric plays with Ceder Stanistreet (fiddle), Jack O'Connor (mandolin), and Cal Howard (bass) in the Monday Night Contra series at the Concord Scout House.  74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.  Admission $8, or $5 for students.  All dances are taught; beginners are welcome.

June 9 (Tuesday, 2:00-6:30 p.m.): Matching Orange plays for Opening Day at the Lexington Farmer's Market.  Come buy fresh, local fruits, veggies, breads, sauces, and more while listening to live music!  Click here for more info.  At the corner of Mass. Ave., Woburn Street, and Fletcher Ave. in Lexington Center (MA).

May 17: CD release show for Eric's CD at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA for "On a Meadowlark Night: Dance Music from New England, Ireland, Scotland, Québec, and Cape Breton."  Eric is joined by fiddlers Julie Metcalf, Andy Reiner, and David Reiner; flutist Anna Grosslein; and mandolin player Eric McDonald, at Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA.

May 17: The Rachel Cole Band performs at Temple Isaiah for religious school students.  Free.  55 Lincoln Street, Lexington, MA.

May 16: Matching Orange plays in the New Tradition showcase in Burlington, VT.

April 25: Matching Orange performs a set at NEFFA (the New England Folk Festival Association), 250 East Street, Mansfield, MA.

April 10: CD release show for Eric's CD at Wheaton College for "On a Meadowlark Night: Dance Music from New England, Ireland, Scotland, Québec, and Cape Breton."  Eric is joined by fiddlers Kimberley Fraser and David Reiner, flutist Anna Grosslein, and mandolin player Eric McDonald.

April 5: Eric plays with fiddlers David Kaynor and Cedar Stanistreet at Springstep in Medford.  This is the 1st Annual Membership Meeting and Contra Dance of BIDA (Boston Intergenerational Dance Advocates).  Springstep is at 98 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, MA.

April 3: Eric joins fiddler Julie Metcalf on a tune or two at her Senior Recital at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Free! In the Lawrence and Alma Berk Recital Hall, 1140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA.

March 29: Eric plays in the Rachel Cole Band at the Belmont Country Club, Belmont, MA.

March 19: Matching Orange plays for a contra dance at Wheaton College, in the Balfour Campus Center at 26 East Main Street, Norton, MA.

March 15: Dave, Eric and all-Ireland bones champion Steve Brown play Irish music for St. Patrick's Day at Joco's Bar & Kitchen, 450 Moody St., Waltham, MA.

March 14: Eric, Dave Reiner and all-Ireland bones champion Steve Brown play Irish music for St. Patrick's Day at Morey's Tavern, 27 Main St., Maynard, MA.

February 7: Matching Orange plays for the Quiet Corner Contra Dance at Hampton Congregational Church, 256 Main St., Hampton, CT. $7 entry.

January 31: Matching Orange plays at the Concord Scout House. 74 Walden Street, Concord, MA. Entry is $10, or $5 for students.

January 24: Matching Orange plays for the Mystic Contra Dance in at Frohsinn Hall, Mystic, CT. $8 regular, $5 students, $2 under 12.

January 23: Eric records for Celtic Sojourn (hosted by Brian O'Donovan) at WGBH Studios, Boston, MA. Program will be broadcast in March.

January 10: Matching Orange plays for Boston Celtic Music Festival in Cambridge, MA.

January 3: Matching Orange plays for the Medway Contra Dance. Caller TBA. Entry $7. 14 School Street, Medway, MA.

 

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