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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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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4 June 2018: Good-bye for now, Steve & Maria

Glise de Sherbrooke (G)
Blue Mule (G)
Round the Horn (G)
Mackilmoyle (D)
Red River Valley (G)
Fisher's (D)
Reel de Montréal (G/D)
Paddy on the RR (D)
Magpie (G)
Old Horse and Buggy-O (A)
Red Prairie Dawn (A)
West Fork Gals (D)
St. Antoine's (A)
Out on the Ocean (G)
Aunt May's Canadian Jig
Sarah's Jig (D)
Rose in the Heather (D)
Old Yeller Dog Come Trotting Through the Meetinghouse (G)
Quail is a Pretty Bird (D)
On the Danforth (A)
Ronnie MacLellan (D)
Hommage à Edmund Parizeau (A)
Big John MacNeil (A)
Fleur de Mandragore (A)
High Clouds (G)
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7 May 2018

Multnomah March (A)
Chorus Jig (D/G)
Dedicat à Jos (bm/D)
Oyster Girls Jig (G)
Virginia Reel (D)
Lamplighter's (A)
Lady of the Lake (G)
Paddy on the RR, aka The Merry Blacksmith (D)
Spootiskerry (G)
The Gale (am)
Quail is a Pretty Bird (D)
Old French (D)
Little Burnt Potato (D)
Fair Jenny's (G)
As I Went Out Upon the Ice (am)
St. Anne's (D)
Shadows on the Lawn (dm)
. . . and yet more, unrecorded

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