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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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)

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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)

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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
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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 . . .
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26 February 2018

Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine (D)
Far From Home (G)
Da Brig (D)
Needlecase (D)
Paddy on the RR/Merry Blacksmith (D)
Pigtown Fling (G)
High Clouds (G)
Round the Horn (G)
Lady Ann Montgomery (D)
Bell's Favorite (D)
Angus Campbell (A)
Idlewild Jig (D)
Jump at the Sun (gm)
Blue Mule (G)
Cat on a Leash/Billy Church Memorial Breakdown (A)
President Garfield's Hornpipe (Bb)
Old Horse & Buggy-O (A)
Spootiskerry (G)
Cuffy (G)
Girl I Left Behind Me
Leather Away the Wattle-O (D)
Hommage à Edmund Parizeau (A)
St. Anne's Reel (D)
. . . more, unrecorded

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19 February 2018

Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine (D)
Road to Boston (D)
Hens Feet & Carrots (G)
Dusty Bob's Jig (G)
Green Apple Quickstep (G)
Arkansas Traveler (G)
Old French (D)
Reconciliation (A)
Humors of Trim (D)
Petronella (D)
The Wild One (dm)
Mairi's Wedding (G)
Hut on Staffin Island (D)
Cold Frosty Morning (am)
Boy's Lament for His Dragon, aka the 72nd's Farewell to Aberdeen (D)
Flying Home to Shelley (G)
Larry's Waltz (G)
Round the Horn (G)
Highland Laddie (G)
Rights of Man (em)
Booth Shot Lincoln (A)
Scolley's (em)
more . . .

 

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22 January 2018

New Spring, New Leaves (F)
Cuffy (G)
Lady of the Lake (G)
Ora Lee (G)
Far from Home (G)
The Volunteer (G)
Swinging on a gate (G)
Old Favorite (G)
Old Horse and Buggy-O (A)
L'Aire Mignonne (A)
Fleur de Mandragore (A)
Little Billy Wilson (A)
The Old Rocking Chair (A)
Stan Chapman's (A)
Salvation  (A)
Whiskey Before Breakfast (D)
Fisher's (D)
Needlecase (D)
Paddy on the RR (D)
Humors of Trim (sp?) (D)
Lady Ann Montgomery (D)
Rock Valley (D)
... more, maybe in gm

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