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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5 August 2019




Waterbound (A)
Sailing Over England (D)
Aimée Gagnon (G)
Bloom of Youth (G)
Garfield's March (G)
Cuffy (G)
Union Street Session (D)
Tuttle's (dm)
Through the Gates (D)
Reunion Jig (A)
(Title Pending) (G)
Out on the Ocean (G)
Rolling Waves (D)
Don Tremaine's (D)
Sheepskin & Beeswax
Arizona (G)
Swinging on a Gate (G)
Dubuque (D)
Green Apple Quickstep (G)
David's French Fiddle (D)
La Fée des Dents (G)
Haapavesi (D)
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30 July 2019

Coleman's March (D)
Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine (D)
Bellman's Jig (G)
Bus Stop (am)
Over the Waterfall (D)
Spotted Pony (D)
Rosin the Beau, aka Digging Up Clams (D)
New tune by David, as yet unnamed (G)
Mackilmoyle, aka Galope de Malbec (D)
Fisher's (D)
Spootiskerry (G)
Ora Lee (G)
Reel Africain (G)
Miss McLeod's (G)
Rights of Man
Ross's Reel #4 (F)
Calliope House (E)
Corie (D)
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22 July 2019

Peter Francisco (D)
Spotted Pony (D)
Sailing Over England (D)
Sal's Got Mud Between Her Toes (D)
Scotch Hornpipe (D)
New tune by David, as yet unnamed (G)
Dusty Bob's (G)
High Part of the Road (G)
Garfield's March (G)
A Jig (A)
Derry Reel (A)
Gravel Walk (am)
Skippingham (A) (demo only)
Mowing the Meadow (A)
Stamey Creek (A)
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15 July 2019

Unnamed French Canadian reel (D, and B part starts on a G chord)
Valley Forge (D modal)
Bull at the Wagon (A)
Fun's All Over (C) (two versions)
Road to Glountaine (A)
Repeal the Poll Tax (A)
Road to Lisdoonvarna (am)
Chestnut Shuffle (D)
Virginia Reel (D)
Liza Jane (A)
Lovers' Waltz (D)
Old Madera Waltz (G)
Texas Gals (C)
Old Joe (C)
Yellow Barber (D)
Sailing Over England (D)
etc., but the scribe went home


							
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1 July 2019

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Angeline the Baker (D)
Boy's Lament for His Dragon (D)
Walk Old Shoe (D)
Juliann Johnson (D)
L'Oiseau Bleu (D)
The Butterfly
Scattery Island (D)
Sailing Over England (D)
Chestnut Shuffle (D)
Bloom of Youth (G)
Banshee (G)
Reel Africain (G)
Tooth Fairy, aka La Fée des Dents (G)
Hollow Poplar (G)
Ora Lee (G)
Old Yeller Dog Come Trottin' Through the Meetinghouse (G)
Big Scioty (G)
Stool of Repentance (A)
Little Dutch Girl (A)
Big John McNeil (A)
Repeal the Poll Tax (A)
Hommage à Edmund Parizeau
Cuil Aodha (A)
Lambingfold (G)
Gentle Maiden (G)
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24 June 2019

Tippin' Back the Corn (A)
Buck Mountain (D)
Sailing Over England (D)
Dubuque (D)
Yellow Barber (D)
Dog Bit Me on the Toe (G or cross A)
Little Nell (G)
Cowboy's Dream (D)
Little Dutch Girl (A)
Willie Coleman's (G)
Cliffs of Mohr (em)
Jacky Tar (em)
Possum Up a Gum Stump (G)
My Love is but a Lassie Yet (D)
Cold Frosty Morning (am)
Growling Old Man and Grumbling Old Woman (am)
Leather Away the Wattle-O
Ora Lee (G)
Cuffy (G)
Roscoe (G)
Star of Bethlehem (D)
Soapsuds Over the Fence (D)
Shepherd's Wife (key under discussion)
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17 June 2019

Rock That Cradle, Joe (D)
Over the Waterfall (D)
Johnny, Johnny Don't Get Drunk (D)
The Phoenix (D)
Yellow Barber (D)
Rainy Night in Montague (D modal)
New Five Cents (D)
Hen's Feet and Carrots (G)
Aimee Gagnon (G)
Jimmy Ward's (G)
Stamey Creek (A)
Little Dutch Girl (A)
Multnomah March (A)
Robertson's (A)
Joys of Quebec (A)
Tippin' Back the Corn (A)
La Belle Gaspesie (A)
The Old Rocking Chair (A)
My Cape Breton Home (G)
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