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 under the DAK tab for a more detailed version and a few conversational gambits.

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23 December 2019

Ora Lee (G)
Star Above the Garter (G)
Chief O'Neill's Favorite
Hommage à ? Bouchard (D/bm)
Bell's Favorite (D)
Honeylocust (D)
The Rambler (A)
Road to Glountane (A)
Reunion Jig (A)
Over the Moor to Maggie (G)
Breton Schottische #1 (D)
Breton Schottische #2 (D)
Tu m'avais dit . . . 
Walk Old Shoe (D)
Possum Up a Gum Stump (G)
Grasshopper Sittin' on a Sweet Potato Vine (D)
Nail That Catfish (G)
Billy Church Memorial Breakdown, aka Cat on a Leash (A)
Cat Out of the Bag
Frog Heaven (D)
Shove That Pig's Foot (G)
Planxty Fanny Power (G)
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16 December 2019

Banshee (G)
Polska in G Major (G)
Shoes and Stockings (G)
Road to Lisdoonvarna (em)
Roscoe (G)
Speed the Plow (A)
Speed the Plough (A)
Liza Jane (A)
Good-bye Liza Jane (D)
Bell's Favorite (D)
Shandon Bells (D)
Smash the Windows (D)
Needlecase (D)
Bonaparte's Retreat (D)
Rannie MacLellan (D)
Through the Gates (D)
Wabash Cannonball (G)
On the First Day of the Year (G)
Redwing (G)
Shepherd's Wife (G)
Lambingfold (G)



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2 December 2019

Hut on Staffin Island (D)
Viroqua (bm)
Highland Laddie (D)
White Cockerel (A)
Meeting of the Waters (A)
Pressley Manor (D)
Tipper's Reel (G)
2019-10-19 (G)
Matt's Jig (A)
Otter's Holt (bm)
Oak Leaf (bm)
Honey Locust (D)
Grasshopper Sitting on a Sweet Potato Vine (D)
Lay Dee at Dee (D)
David (D)
Planxty Irwin (D)
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25 November 2019

Harrington Valley Two-Step (D)
Angeline the Baker (D)
Reel des Jeunes Mariés (D)
Garfield's March (G)
Walpole Cottage
Westfork Gals (D)
Fine Times at Our House (A)
Timmy Clifford's (G)
Rainy Night in Montague (D modal)
Katy's Rambles (D modal)
Chéticamp (G)
Miss Susan Cooper (D)
Pete's Peerie Boat (D)
Road to Errogie (A)
Christmas Day in the Morning
Honey Locust (D)
La Promeneuse (D)
Inisheer (G)
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18 November 2019

L'Oiseau Bleu (D)
Frog Heaven (D)
Scattery Island (D)
Union Street Session (D)
Lady Ann Montgomery (D)
Through the Gates (D)
Cumberland Gap (D)
Sailing Over England (D)
Sackett's Harbor (am)
Cold Frosty Morning (am)
Kitchen Girl (sort of A modal)
Reunion Jig (A)
A Jig (A)
Todd Hill (A)
Tippin' Back the Corn (A)
Lady of the Lake (G)
Jimmy in the Swamp (G)
Westphalia Waltz (G)
La Feé aux Dents (G)
Round the Horn (G)
Ora Lee (G)
Mairi's Wedding (G)
My Cape Breton Home (G)
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4 November 2019

Sean Ryan's Polka
Angeline the Baker
Reel des Jeunes Mariés
Walk Old Shoe (D)
Ferrie Reel (D)
Lay Dee at Dee (D)
Roscoe (G)
Temperance Reel, aka Teetotaler's (G)
Big Scioty (G)
Flowers of Edinburgh (G)
Seneca Square Dance (G)
Tipper's Reel (G)
Our Run (G)
Green Apple Quickstep (G)
Le Tourment (G)
Korolenko (G)
Lucky Trapper (G)
Black Dog Bit Me on the Toe (G)
Sail Away Ladies (G)
Reel de Goglu (D)
Stool of Repentance (A)
Squirrel Hunters
Waltz, maybe Planxty Irwin?
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28 October 2019

Taggart's (G)
Mairi's Wedding (G)
Cold Frosty Morning (am/A modal)
Silver and Gold Two-Step (D)
Home with the Girls in the Morning (dm)
Boy's Lament for His Dragon (D)
Jack's Life (G)
Tooth Fairy Jig, aka La Fée des Dents (G)
Le Canal en Octobre (G)
Hollow Poplar (G)
Shove That Pig's Foot (G)
2019-10-19 Waltz (G)
Stool of Repentance (A)
Big John McNeil (A)
Old Horse & Buggy-O (A)
Bill Cheatham (A)
Hangman's Reel (A)
Planxty Irwin (D)
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21 October 2019

Speed the Plow (A)
Tippin' Back the Corn (A)
Mason's Apron (A)
Bill Cheatham (A)
Big John McNeil (A)
Meeting of the Waters (A)
Red-Haired Boy (A modal)
Road to Glountane (A)
Reel des Jeunes Mariés (D)
Old French (D)
Scotch Hornpipe (D)
Bay of Fundy (D)
Lay Dee at Dee (D)
Da Brig (D)
Kaynor's Frolic (D)
Cuffy (G)
Tipper's Reel (G)
Quindaro (G)
Ora Lee (G)
The Butterfly
Paddy on the RR, aka The Merry Blacksmith (D)
Utpick Waltz (G)

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7 October 2019

Huntsman's Chorus (G)
Lambingfold (G)
Le Canal en Octobre (G)
Cuffy (G)
Banshee (G)
Bellman's Jig (G)
Green Apple Quickstep (G)
Round the Horn (G)
Kaynor's Frolic (G)
Scotty O'Neil (D)
Whiskey Before Breakfast (D)
Ragtime Annie (D/G)
Scotch Hornpipe (D)
Last Chance (D)
Paddy on the RR, aka Merry Blacksmith (D)
Duck River (D)
The Rambler, aka Father Something's (A)
Waynesboro (A)
Westphalia Waltz (G)
Road to the Isles
Walpole Cottage
March of St. Timothy (G)
My Cape Breton Home
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30 September 2019




Quail is a Pretty Bird
Dennis Murphy's Polka (D)
Coleman's March (D)
Bell's Favorite (D)
Sailing Over England (D)
Spiderweb Canyon (D)
June Apple
Sheilah Coyle's (D)
Dick Gossip (D)
Old Horse & Buggy-O (A)
Tippin' Back the Corn (A)
Road to Glountane (A)
Derry Reel (A)
Red Prairie Dawn (A)
The Riddle (em?)
Irishman's Heart to the Ladies (A)
Kaynor's Frolic (G)
John Brown's March (G)
Mouse in the Cupboard (G)
Cooley's (em)
Jamie Allen (G)
Arizona (G)
Tipper's Reel (G)
Quail is a Pretty Bird
Planxty Fanny Power (G)
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