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.

Posted in Repertoire | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Repertoire | Leave a comment

30 April 2018

Reel St. Antoine (A)
Gigue du Salon (A)
Little Billy Wilson (A)
Speed the Plow (A)
Repeal the Poll Tax (A)
Fleur de Mandragore (A)
Rainy Night in Montague (D modal)
Rose Tree (D)
Pressley Manor (D)
Porthole of the Kelp (D)
Quail is a Pretty Bird (D)
Walk Old Shoe (D)
Reel de Rémi
Pipe on the Hob (D)
L'aire Mignon (A)
Da Auld Restin Chair (D?)
The Old Rocking Chair (A)
Union Street Session (D)
Ora Lee (G)
Telephone Tune (A/D)
Cold Frosty Morning (am)
The Crested Hen
. . . and then more
Posted in Repertoire | Leave a comment

23 April 2018

Rose Tree (D)
Over the Waterfall (D)
Hollow Poplar (G)
The West End (D)
Silver Bells (D)
Silver & Gold Two-Step (D?  I don't remember for sure.)
Tobin's Favorite (D)
Pressley Manor (D)
Cinecitta
Quail is a Pretty Bird (D, sort of)
Cliffs of Moher (am)
Home with the Girls in the Morning (dm)
Trip to the Cottage
Blue Mule (G)
Bill Cheatham (A)
La Bastringue (D)
Lucky Trapper (D)
Sheehan's (G)
Swallowtail Jig (em)
Kitchen Jig (gm, sort of)
Round the Horn (G)
. . . more, unwritten

Posted in Repertoire | Leave a comment

16 April 2018

Hollow Poplar (G)
Spootiskerry (G)
Possum up a Gum Stump (G)
Dusty Bob's (G)
Hens' Feet & Carrots (G)
Timmy Clifford's (G)
Little Billy Wilson (A)
Miss Murray of Lintrose (A)
Stool of Repentance (A)
Salvation (A)
Fleur de Mandragore (A)
Mason de Glace (D)
Pressley Manor (D)
Quail is a Pretty Bird (D, sort of)
L'Oiseau Bleu (D)
L'Aire Mignon (A)

Posted in Repertoire | Leave a comment

2 April 2018

Shoes & Stockings (G)
Dailey's Reel (Bb)
The Steamboat, aka The Good-Natured Man (F)
Old Horse & Buggy-O (A)
Quail is a Pretty Bird (D)
Dubuque (D)
Devil in the Strawstack (gm)
Petronella (D)
Green Mtn. Petronella (G)
Ora Lee (G)
Pressley Manor (D)
Sheehan's Reel (G)
Ann's Salvation (bm)
Salvation (A)
Rose in the Heather (D)
Sailor's Wife (dm)
Judy and Jim's Wedding (D)

Posted in Repertoire | Leave a comment

26 March 2018

Over the Waterfall (D)
Wissahickon Drive (A)
Paddy on the RR, aka Merry Blacksmith (D)
Spiderweb Canyon (D)
Pressley Manor (D)
Sarah's Jig (D)
St. Antoine's (A)
Little Nell (G)
Old Mother Flanagan (A)
Little Billy Wilson (A)
Robertson's (A)
Gigue du Salon (A)
Stool of Repentance (A)
Kitchen Girl (A)
Fleur de Mandragore (A)
Smash the Windows (D)
Reel de Montréal (G/D)
Bellman's Jig (D)
. . . probably a waltz
Posted in Repertoire | Leave a comment

5 March 2018

Shove that Pig's Foot (G)
Blue Mule (G)
Off to California (G)
Farewell to Whiskey (G)
Bellman's Jig/March (G)
Speed the Plow (A)
Speed the Plough, the other one (A)
Little Dutch Girl (A)
Shenandoah Falls (A)
Big John McNeil (A)
Hommage à Edmund Parizeau (A)
Mason's Apron (A)
Hundred Pipers (A)
President Garfield's Hornpipe (Bb)
Needlecase (D)
Whiskey Before Breakfast (D)
Big Liza Jane (D)
Fair Jenny's (D)
Ora Lee (G)
Colored Aristocracy (G)
more . . .
Posted in Repertoire | Leave a comment