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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3 December 2018

Le Tourment (G)
Stool of Repentance (A)
Bellman's Jig (G)
Silver Spear (D)
The Scholar (D)
Spootiskerry (G)
On the First Day of the Year (G)
Obama's March to the White House (played in G)
Ferrie Reel (D)
Lay Dee at Dee (D)
Willafjord (D)
High Part of the Road (G)
Don Tremaine's (D)
Coleman's March (D)
Pressley Manor (D)
Connaughtman's Rambles (D)
Kesh Jig (G)
Valse de Pastouriaux (G)
Dusty Bob's Jig (G)
Dedicat a Jos (bm/D)
Breton Schottische in D #1 (D)
Breton Schottische in D #2 (D)
Polska from Mora (dm)
. . . and then the scribe got distracted and stopped scribing, but it was almost the end of the evening.

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26 November 2018

McNabb's Hornpipe
Spotted Pony (D)
Buffalo Girls (A)
Mouth of the Tobique (D)
Speed the Plow (A)
Bellman's Jig (G)
Kesh Jig (G)
Set de la Baie St. Paul (D)
Flying Cloud Cotillion (G/D)
Burchard's Hornpipe (D)
Leather Away the Wattle-O (D)
Camp Meeting on the 4th of July (D)
Rannie McClellan's (D)
Rainy Night in Montague (D modal)
Highland Laddie (G)
Paddy on the Landfill (gm)
On the First Day of the Year (G)
Reel Africaine (G)
Glise a Sherbrooke (G)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (G)
Ashgrove (G)

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19 November 2018

You Married My Daughter and Yet You Didn't (G)
Magpie (G)
Little Nell (G)
Big Scioty (G)
Farewell to Whiskey (G)
Lazy John (G)
Tippin' Back the Corn (G)
Buffalo Girls (A)
Irishman's Heart to the Ladies (A)
Spotted Pony (D)
Chief O'Neill's Favorite (D)
Da Brig (D)
Dubuque (D)
Pressley Manor (D)
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5 November

Spootiskerry (G)
Reel Africain (G)
Through the Gates (D)
Ferrie Reel (D)
Lay Dee at Dee (D)
Tooth Fairy Jig (La Fée aux Dents) (G)
Chief O'Neill's Favorite (D)
Racine le Beau (G)
Pols from Röros (sp?)
Montague Processional (D)
Morrison's Jig (em)
The Co-op Reel (G)
Reel D-something
Lucky Trapper (G?)
Pressley Manor (D)
Old French (D)
Mouth of the Tobique (G)
Haapavesi (D)
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30 October 2018

The astute observer will figure out that tonight's session included 
no banjo players.

Paddy on the RR (D)
Yet another version of Speed the Plow (key unremembered)
Farrell O'Gara's (D)
Farrell O'Gara's Favorite (A)
Robertson's (A)
Cat on a Leash (A)
Jump at the Sun (gm)
Halloween Jig (bm/D)
Tuttle's (dm)
Sgt. Early's Dream (dm)
Cuil Aodha (many spellings) Jig (A) 
The Field in the Forest (F)
Calliope House (E)
Rainy Night in Montague (D modal)
Hommage à Edmund Parizeau (A)
Pat the Budgie (C)
Democratic Rage Hornpipe (Bb)
Little Burnt Potato (D)
Fiddle Hill Jig (G/D)
The Old Rocking Chair (A)
Josephine's Baptismal Waltz (G)
. . .
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22 October 2018

St. Anne's (D)
Little Burnt Potato (D)
Farewell Tryon (C)
Dominion Reel (C)
Texas Gale (C)
Cherokee Shuffle (G, then A)
Rory O'More (A)
Denver Belle
Amelia's Waltz (D)
Palm Sunday (am)
Star Above the Garter (G)
Hollow Poplar (G)
Cold Frosty Morning (a modal)
O'Carolan's Draft (C/G[?])
Chief O'Neill's Favorite (D)
The West End (D)
Lady Ann Montgomery (D)
. . . and more
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15 October 2018

Barrowburn (D)
Morrison's Jig (em)
Ora Lee (G)
Elk River Blues
The Volunteer (G)
Swallowtail Jig (em)
Lucky Trapper (G)
Fisher Branch (G)
Home with the Girls in the Morning
Steamboat Quickstep (A)
Old Horse & Buggy-O (A)
Hommage à Edmund Parizeau (A)
Speed the Plow (A)
Bull at the Wagon (A)
Walk Old Shoe (D)
[Lazy John, G]
Reel Ti-Mé (D)
Woodchopper's (D)
St. Anne's (D)
Needlecase (D)
A Civil-War-era tune in D
. . . more, undocumented
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