Erik Sessions (violin) and John Goodin (mandolin & guitar) regularly perform together in a variety of settings, most notably with the nationally known folk dance band Contratopia. In the Decorah, Iowa area they frequently perform as a duo at weddings, anniversaries, family gatherings, church services and in concert settings. They also are founding members of the Western Home String Band, Bear Creek Bluegrass and the Dug Road Trio.

John Goodin and Erik Sessions

As a duo Erik & John enjoy playing a mixture of fiddle music (American old time, Scandinavian-American old time, Irish, Scottish, English and original tunes), folk-related classical music (especially Baroque pieces) and standard tunes. In addition to composing much of the music on Contratopia's four CDs, Erik and John have also published the Contratopia Tunebook, a collection of over 50 original waltzes, reels, jigs and airs.

Erik & John have provided unique and memorable music at many weddings, both in churches and in various locations in Winneshiek County (Seed Savers Exchange, Dunning's Spring, Phelps Park). Typically they play prelude music, a processional, a recessional and postlude music. Occasionally they play special music during the ceremony or accompany a vocalist. Below are links to brief demo recordings of some of the pieces that they have played often.

Processionals/Prelude Music


Prelude/Postlude Music

Erik & John are also able to provide background music before and during the wedding banquet. In addition, they are able to arrange for a folk dance band and dance caller to provide music for the wedding reception.

In 2012 Erik & John released their first duo recording, Notes From the Farm. Recorded live, without overdubs, in Erik's living room it contains a mixture of original and traditional tunes. Many of these songs would also be suitable for wedding use and can be sampled at CD Baby or heard in their entirety, or downloaded, from various online music services.

While he is an active musician, Erik's primary occupation is farming (Patchwork Green Farm) and he also maintains a studio of violin students. John is a former associate professor and librarian at Luther College and also composes music for mandolin orchestra and solo mandolin.

Rates are competitive. Email John or Erik for further information.