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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20 December 2021

Turkey in the Straw (G)
Waynesboro (G)
Roscoe (G)
Golden Slippers (G)
Out on the Ocean (G)
Joy of My Life (G)
Scollay's (em)
Racine le Beau (G)
Ora Lee (G)
Little Billy Wilson (A)
Cuil Aodha (A)
Sweetbriar (A)
Bill Cheatham (A)
Barrowburn (D)
Boy's Lament for His Dragon (D)
Whiskey Before Breakfast (D)
Sailing Over England (D)
Union Street Session (D)
Pressley Manor (D)
Hewlett's (D)

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6 December 2021

Lay Dee at Dee (D)
Ferrie Reel (D)
Cold Frosty Morning (am)
Father Kelly's (G)
Le Canal en Octobre (G)
Flying Home to Shelley (G)
Rose in the Heather (D)
Gaspé Reel (D)
Honeylocust (D)
Tippin' Back the Corn (A, but we played it in G)
Winnipeg Reel (G)
Unnamed Irish jig (G)
Quarry Cross (em)
Luke the Bear (D)
Tracy's Turn (A)
Sailing Over England (D)
Garfield's March (G)
Southwind (G)

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20 November 2021

Walking Home From Texas (C)
Going Down to Cairo (D)
Little Dutch Girl (A)
Old Horse & Buggy-O (A)
Old Yeller Dog Came Trottin Through the Meetinghouse (G)
Calum's Road (D)
Coleman's March (D)
Road to Lisdoonvarna (em)
Kesh Jig (D)
Banshee (D)
Springfield (D)
Leaning Linden (G)
Camp Meeting on the 4th of July (D)
Green Willis (D)
Road to Glountane (A)
Reel du Goglu (D)
Scolley's (em)
Telephone Tune (A/D)
Hommage à Edmond Parizeau (A)
Haapavesi (D)
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22 November 2021

Miller's Maggot (G)
Racine le Beau (G)
Nail That Catfish (G)
Shove That Pig's Foot (G)
Hollow Poplar (G)
Doon the Brae (em)
Farewell to Whiskey (G)
Star Above the Garter (G)
Sandy River Belles (G)
Merry Blacksmith (D)
Barrowburn (D)
Springfield (D)
Chestnut Shuffle (D)
Maison de Glace (D)
Sarah Armstrong (D)
Bank of Turf (D)
Repeal the Poll Tax (A)
The Telephone Tune (A/D)
Indian Point (em)
Bonnie at Morn (am)
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15 November 2021

Little Burnt Potato (D)
Road to Lisdoonvarna (em)
Moon & Seven Stars (D)
Star Above the Garter (G)
Timmy Clifford's (G)
Korolenko (G)
Gigue du Salon (A)
Calum's Road (D)
Cold Frosty Morning (am)
Joys of Quebec (A)
Star of Munster (am)
Sweetbriar (A)
Dick Gossip (D)
Lady Ann Montgomery (D)
St. Anne's (D)
Jump at the Sun (gm)
Dancing Bear (em)
Miss Murray of Lintrose (A)
Evit Gabriel (em)
Batchelder's (F)
Ross's Reel #4 (F)
Swinging on a Gate (G)
Star of the County Down (am)
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1 November 2021

Lambingfold (G)
The Volunteer (G)
Spootiskerry (G)
Merriweather (G)
Far From Home (G)
Indian Point (em)
Racine le Beau (G)
Shoes and Stockings (G)
Repeal the Poll Tax (A)
Jim Shenk (A)
Stool of Repentance (A)
Speed the Plow (A)
Multnomah March (A)
Reconciliation (A)
Sweetbriar (A)
Chestnut Shuffle (D)
Oak Leaf (bm)
Carraroe (D)
Luke the Bear (D)
Road to Boston (D)
Through the Gates (D)
Shepherd's Wife (D)
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18 October 2021

Glise de Sherbrooke (G)
Hollow Poplar (G)
Banshee (G)
Old Favorite (G)
Swinging on a Gate (G)
Roscoe (G)
Halfway Pond (G)
Rays of Hope (G)
Old Joe Clark (A)
Todd Hill (A)
Hommage à Edmund Parizeau (A)
Mason's Apron (A)
Treaty of Paris (A)
Bill Cheatum (A)
Tippin' Back the Corn (A)
Road to Boston (D)
Sarah's Jig (D)
Springfield (D)
Midnight on the Water (D)
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4 October 2021

Hollow Poplar (G)
Hommage á Edmund Parizeau (A)
Honey Locust (D)
Haapvesi (D)
Top of Cork Road (D)
Kaynor's Place (D)
Spanish Lady Polka (G)
Repeal the Poll Tax (A)
Rainy Night in Montague
Old Horse & Buggy-O (A)
Todd Hill (A)
Meeting of the Waters (A)
Barrowburn (D)
Mairi's Wedding (G)
Father Kelly's (G)
Wals voor Polle (D, though originally written in C)
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29 September 2021

Belle Blanche (D)
Torn Jacket (D)
Sarah's Jig (D)
Shenandoah Falls (A)
Sally in the Garden (em)
Treaty of Paris (A)
Sailing Over England (D)
Old Joe (C)
Mairi's Wedding (G)
Farewell to Whiskey (G)
Star Above the Garter (G)
Apples in Winter
If I Had a Mouse I Would Give Him Chocolate (D)
Sheilah Coyle's (D)
Cuil Aodh (A)
Tippin' Back the Corn (A)
Farewell Trion (C)
???
Midnight on the Water (G)
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22 September 2021

Old Horse & Buggy-O (A)
Cherokee Shuffle (A)
Booth Shot Lincoln (A)
Reunion Jig (A)
Hommage à Edmund Parizeau (A)
Old Joe Clark (A)
Sweetbriar (A)
The Riddle (am)
Bus Stop (am)
Laurie in F (F)
Corie (D)
Scotch Hornpipe (D)
Top of Cork Road (D)
Indian Point (em)
Father Kelly's (G)
Willafjord (D)
Todd Hill (A)
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