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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18 February 2019

Paddy on the RR (D)
Little Nell (G)
Rose in the Heather (D)
Stan Chapman's (A)
Roxbury(g)(y) Castle (A)
Far From Home (G)
Spootiskerry (G)
Robertson's (A)
Old Horse & Buggy-O (A)
New Mown Meadow (em/D?)
Cooley's (em)
The Old Man, The Old Woman (G)
Lucky Trapper (G)
Gray Owl (D)
Rocky Road to Greenfield (D)
The Rambler, aka Father Hanley's (A)
Onion Reel, mais en français (G)
Reel Africaine (G)
Calvin Cycle
Master of the Dance (D)
Chief O'Neill's Favorite
Julia Delaney (dm)
Scotch Hornpipe (D)
Rare (D)
Arizona (G)
High Clouds (G)

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28 January 2019

Camp Meeting on the 4th of July (D)
Possum Up a Gum Stump (G version unintentionally played in D)
The Glen of A . . . (em)
Honey Locust (D)
Tippin' Back the Corn (A)
Breton Schottische #2 (D)
Possum up a Gum Stump (the one really in D)
Reel Africaine (G)
L'Aire Mignon (A)
Cuffy (G)
Roscoe (G)
On the First Day of the Year (G)
Galen's Arrival (G)
Arizona (G)
Korolenko (G)
Cliffs of Moher (am)
Out on the Ocean (G)
[Birthday Cake in the key of pineapple upside-down]
Shenandoah Falls (A)
Old Grey Cat (em)
Don Tremaine's (D)
Grey Owl (D)
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21 January 219

Rose Tree (D)
Wind That Shakes the Barley (D)
Camp Meeting on the 4th of July (D)
Fisher's (D)
Luke the Bear (D)
Mineola Rag (D)
Corie (D)
Morpeth Rant (D)
Upper Valley Reel (D)
Old Yeller Dog Come Trotting Through the Meetinghouse (G)
Barlow Knife (G)
Reel de Montreal (G/D)
Jimmy Ward's, aka Clare Jig (G)
Cuffy (G)
Hollow Poplar (G)
Squirrel Hunter's (Hunters?)
Arizona (G)
The Volunteer (G)
Flowers of Edinburgh (G)
Swinging on a Gate (G)
Buffalo Girls (A)
President Garfield's (Bb)
Through the Gates (D)
Midnight on the Water (D)

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7 January 2019

Far From Home (G)
Mouth of the Tobique (G)
Sheehan's Reel (G)
Old Yellow Dog Come Trotting Through the Meetinghouse (G)
Colored Aristocracy (G)
Sal, Won't You Marry Me (G)
Swinging on a Gate (G)
Gray Owl (D)
Walk Old Shoe (D)
8th of January (D)
You Told Me That You Loved Me, mais en francais (D)
Rannie MacLellan (D)
Idlewild Jig (D)
Humors of Trim, aka The Rolling Wave (D)
Banshee (G)
Wissahickon Drive (A)
Little Billy Wilson (A)
Bill Cheatum (A)
Old Horse and Buggy-O (A)
June Apple, aka Train on the Island (A)
Hommage a Edmund Parizeau (A)
St. Antoine's (A)
Crested Hen
The Butterfly
Bus Stop (am)
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30 December 2018

Ferrie Reel (D)

Ferrie Reel (D)
Pays de Haut (D)
Breton Schottische in D #2 (D)
Durang's Hornpipe (D)
Fred Picknell's March (G)
Flowers of Edinburgh (G)
Muenster Cloak
Swinging on a Gate (G)
Out on the Ocean (G)
Reel Africaine (G)
Star of Munster (am)
Bus Stop (am)
Galen's Arrival (G)
Big Scioty (G)
Possum up a Gum Stump (G)
Possum up a Gum Stump (different tune, in D)
Scollay's (em)
Wissahickon Drive (A)
Hangman's Reel (A)
Little Billy Wilson (A)
Shenandoah Falls (A)
On the First Day of the Year (G)
Lucky Trapper (G)

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17 December 2018

Ora Lee (G)
The Gray Owl (D)
Scotch Hornpipe (D)
Set de la Baie St. Paul (D)
Deuxieme Partie de Quadrille de l’Ille d’Orleans (D)
Lady in a Boat (D)
Apples in Winter (em)
On the First Day of the Year (G)
The Wild One (dm)
Quail is a Pretty Bird (D)
Cooley’s (em)
Miss Susan Cooper (D)
Julia Delaney (dm)
Pete’s March (D)
Racine le Beau (D)
Chief O’Neill’s Favorite (D)
Sheehan’s Reel (D)
Reel Africaine (G)
Emily’s Waltz (D)

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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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