How it started

Once upon a time, there was a Monday night contra dance in the center of Amherst.  Its history is another story, but one of its salient features was a sit-in band–cheerful, friendly, engaging, fun, and a fine way for musicians to play out.  Then it was decreed by the new organizers that there would be no more sitting in, so what were the musicians to do?  Sit home and sulk?  Of course not.  So began the Monday night session, not in Amherst, but a few miles north in the village of Montague Center.

See David’s comment below for a more detailed version and a few conversational gambits.

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1 October 2018

Irish Sweepstakes Piano (G)
The Wise Maid (D)
Camp Meeting on the 4th of July (D)
Bell's Favorite (D)
Gaspe Reel (D)
Grasshopper Sittin' on a Sweet Potato Vine (D)
Banshee (G) aka McMahon's (sp?)
Reel Winnipeg (G)
Teabag Blues (G)
Spootiskerry (G)
Reel de Montreal (G/D)
Galen's Arrival (G)
Shove That Pig's Foot (G)
Flowers of Edinburgh (G)
Out on the Ocean (G)
Svensson Girls, aka Flickorna Svensson (G)
Booth Shot Lincoln (A)
As I Went Out Upon the Ice (am)
. . .

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17 September 2018

Glise a Sherbrooke (G)
McIntyre's (G)
Taggart's (G)
Aimee Gagnon (G)
Magpie (G)
Little Nell (G)
Jimmy Ward's (G)
Saut du Lapin (G)
Duck, Duck, Go (G)
Gigue du Salon (A)
Marche au Camp (G)
A Good Reid (D)
Jaybird (D)
Scotty O'Neil (D)
Morpeth Rant (D)
Matt's Jig (A)
Frank's (A)
North Carolina Breakdown (G)
Quail is a Pretty Bird (D)
Money Musk (A)
Shenandoah Falls (A)
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24 September 2018

Paddy on the RR, aka The Merry Blacksmith (D)
Johnny, Johnny, Don't Get Drunk (D)
Durang's Hornpipe (D)
Rambling Pitchfork (D)
Shandon Bells (D)
Montague Reel (D)
Pipe on the Hob (D modal)
Leather Away the Wattle-O (D)
Gigue du Salon (A)
Little Billy Wilson (A)
The Rambler, aka (something) Bells (A)
Tippin' Back the Corn (A)
Campbell's Farewell to Red Gap (A modal)
Bull at the Wagon (A)
Hollow Poplar (G)
Seneca Square Dance (G)
Some other tune(s)

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3 September 2018

Cuffy (G)
Quail is a Pretty Bird (D)
Salty River Reel (A)
Booth Shot Lincoln (A)
Camp Meeting on the 4th of July (D)
Miss Murray of Lintrose (A)
Tommy Bhetty's Waltz (G)
Little Nell (G)
Miss Thompson's (D)
Off She Goes (D)
Salvation (A)

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20 August 2018

Little Nell (G)
Korolenko (G)
Reel Africaine (G)
Rose Tree (D)
Haapavesi (D)
Rare (D)
Red Apple Rag (G)
Walking Tune from (indecipherable) (G)
Waynesboro (G)
Red-Haired Boy (D)
Hommage à Edmund Parizeau (A)
Rock that Cradle, Joe (D)
The Wren (bm)
March of St. Timothy (G)
Fireman's Reel (A)
Off to California (?)
Walk Old Shoe (D)
New Rigged Ship (A modal)
Bouchard's, aka Burchard's (D)
. . .
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6 August 2018

On this dense & sultry evening, trying not to drip onto our
instruments, we played:

Bill Cheatham (A)
Kitchen Girl (A modal)
I'll Learn You How to Rock, Andy (A modal)
Spotted Pony (D)
Luke the Bear (D)
Golden Slippers (G)
Ross's Reel (F)
Field in the Forest (F)
Laurie in F (F)
St. Anne's (D)
Swinging on a Gate (G)
Stool of Repentance (A)
A Jig (A)
West End (D)
McQuillen's Squeezebox (C)
Arizona, in C
Hommage à J. Bouchard (C)
Union Street Session (D)
Stamey Creek (A)
Through the Gates (D)

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30 July 2018

Seneca Square Dance (G)
Shoes & Stockings (G)
Taggart's #3 (G)
Reel Africaine (G)
Gånglat från Vigelsjö
Swallowtail Jig (em)
Coleman's March (D)
Road to California (D)
Pressley Manor (D)
Devil in the Strawstack (gm)
Arizona (G)
La Belle Gaspésie (A)
Booth Shot Lincoln (A)
Liza Jane (A)
. . . 

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