Contra Dance – James and the Lupine Leprechauns w/ William Watson calling

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October 22, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The Village School
3411 Willamette St
$12-$20, members: $10-$20.


As of April 17, we will take the following precautions at the dance:

  • Only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to attend the dance.
  • We will check your vaccination card when you enter.  We will be retaining the information so that, if this rule remains in place, we will not need to check your card at each dance.
  • All in attendance must remain masked during the event while indoors, except when actually drinking water.
  • COVID Policy (updated 8/28/2022)

Band:  James and the Lupine Leprechauns

Mary Grace performs Celtic music on the harp, sometimes mixed with songs, stories, and original works.  She is an Oregon-born harper who has studied at the University of Oregon as well as abroad in Ireland. A current resident of the Willamette Valley, she enjoys playing weddings, festivals, parties, and unique occasions.

James Gregg, who some have ventured to say sprung spontaneously out of a peat bog, is a multi-instrumentalist playing mainly traditional Irish style flute, but also pennywhistle, Scottish shuttle pipes and Scottish Highland Bagpipes. James’ musical career spans 55 years, informed by four years of playing ceilidhs in the village of Ardentinny in the Highlands of Scotland and ten years as a full-time professional musician in a Celtic band Stateside.

Eddie Butler and Nila Garner have been playing Irish music in the area professionally since 2014 at wineries, breweries, St Patrick’s Day Celebrations and for special occasions. They also appear and perform regularly at sessions in Portland and Eugene. Eddy is an excellent musician demonstrating great skill and authentic Irish style while also using the freedom afforded by the genre to create his own unique Celtic voice on the fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. Nila who plays bodhran, the Irish frame drum, is also an excellent musician with a terrific sense of rhythm and highly ornamented authentic Irish style, augmented by the fact that she changes the tone of her bodhran to cord with the structure of the tune.

Caller:  William Watson

William Watson, a resident of Portland, OR, danced his first contra in 1989 and began calling in Texas in 1992. Having called numerous contra events in cities coast-to-coast, William’s extensive experience and soothing voice project a calm confidence. His vigilant and thoughtful dance programming ensures a variety of figures, transitions, and sequences to entertain and support new dancers while offering the occasional challenge for the more advanced. His calling proficiency and sensitivities ensure everyone has a good time.


Beginners lesson starts at 7:00pm (experienced dancers welcome) dance starts at 7:30pm

Each dance is taught.  No partner necessary (it’s traditional to dance each dance with a different partner)

Calling will use gender-neutral terminology

Find out more about attending at the Eugene Contra page.

Potluck:  No potlucks are planned for the Fall.

Dance held at The Village School,

$12-$20, members: $10-$20.

The lesson begins at 7:00 pm. The dance begins at 7:30 pm.