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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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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23 July 2018

Julianne Johnson (D)
Buck Mountain (D)
Needlecase (D)
Pressley Manor (D)
Willafjord (D)
Ora Lee (G)
Cuffy (G)
Devil's Dream (Erskine Morris version #2) (D)
Possum Up a Gum Stump (G)
Far From Home (G)
Irishman's Heart to the Ladies (A)
Stamey Creek (A)
L'Aire Mignon (A)
Buffalo Girls (A)
Hommage à Edmund Parizeau (A)
Speed the Plow (A)
Little Dutch Girl (A)
. . . 



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17 July 2018

Quail is a Pretty Bird (D-ish)
Stamey Creek (A)
Little Dutch Girl (A)
Little Billy Wilson (A)
Temperance Reel, aka Teetotaler's (G)
Round the Horn (G)
Haste to the Wedding (D)
Old Yeller Dog Come Trotting Through the Meetinghouse (G)
Danish tune after NHMC via Donna
Galen's Arrival (G)
Seneca Square Dance (G)
Camp Meeting on the 4th of July (D)
Pressley Manor (D)
Morrison's Jig (em)
Haapavesi (D)
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25 June 2018

Speed the Plow (A)
Old Horse & Buggy-O (A)
Little Billy Wilson (A)
Sandy Boys (A)
Temperance Reel, aka Teetotaler's (G)
Round the Horn (G)
Swinging on a Gate (G)
Garrett Barry (sort of G, or D modal)
Korolenko (G)
Scollay's (em)
Ora Lee (G)
Pressley Manor (D)
Idlewild Jig (D)
The "Air" Tune (D)
Reel de Goglu (D) aka Captain John's Hornpipe
Sheila Coyle's (D)
Old Favorite (G)
Blueberry Splash (G)
Lucky Trapper (G)
a waltz?
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