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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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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15 January 2018

Enrichez-vous (F)
Camp Meeting on the 4th of July (D)
Morpeth Rant (D)
Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine (D)
Sheilah Coyle's (D)
Through the Gates (D) for Stephan and Lori!
Boy's Lament for His Dragon (D)
Pays de Haut (D)
Arizona (G)
Cuffy (G)
Round the Horn (G)
Jimmy Ward's (G)
Trip to Moscow (gm)
Multnomah March (A)
Booth Shot Lincoln (A)
Batchelder's (F)
Laurie in F (F)
... and yet more

 

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4 December 2017

Pete's March (D)
Whiskey Before Breakfast (D)
The Weeping Birches of Kilmorack (Eb) (demo)
Popeye's Waltz (D)
Judy's Reel, aka The Maid Behind the Bar (D)
Captain White's Hornpipe (D)
High Reel (A)
Dubuque (D)
Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine (D)
Bonaparte's Retreat (D)
Blue Mule (G)
Quail is a Pretty Bird
Wild Rose of the Mountains (A)
. . . lots more, but the scribe had to leave early

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November 27

Quail is a Pretty Bird (A)
Irishman's Heart to the Ladies (A)
Sandy Boys (A)
Speed the Plow (A)
Robertson's (A)
Hommage à Edmund Parizeau (A)
Breaking up Christmas (A)
Ora Lee (G)
Jamie Allen (G)
Huntsman's Chorus (G)
Arizona (G)
Irish Sweepstakes Piano (G)
Glass Island Reel (em)
Austrian Wedding March in D major
Schottische in D/dm
Schottische in dm
Tripping Upstairs D/bm
Trip to Moscow (G)
My Cape Breton Home (G)
. . . etc.

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November 20

Oak Leaf (bm)
Hundred Pipers (A)
Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine (D)
Idlewild Jig (D)
Lucky Trapper (G)
White Buffalo (em)
Dedicate à Jos (bm/D)
Old Joe (jig) (D)
Jump at the Sun (dm)
Camp Meeting on the 4th of July (D)
Flowers of Edinburgh (G)
Banish Misfortune (D)
Coleraine (am)
Nancy's Waltz (A)
Another Fall (A)
Trip to Moscow (G)
Calliope House (E)
 . . . .

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6 November 2017

Mississippi Sawyer (D)
Mackilmoyle (D)
Blue Mule (G)
Flop-Eared Mule (D)
Walker Street (G)
Ricketts's Hornpipe (D)
Green Willis (A)
The Old Rocking Chair (A)
Growling Old Man and Woman (am)
Liberty (D)
Union Street Session (D)
Quail is a Pretty Bird (D, but feels like A)
Billy in the Lowground (C)
Booth Shot Lincoln (A)
Eddy's Reel (G)
Cat in the Hopper (gm)
Brenda Stubbert's (am)
Swinging on a Gate (G)
Morrison's Jig (em)
more . . . ????

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30 October 2017

Coleman's March (D)
Scollay's (em)
Christy Barry's (G)
Glise de Sherbrooke (G)
Hommage à Edmund Parizeau (A)
Shoes & Stockings (G)
Louis Cyr (G)
Walk Old Shoe (D)
The Walk Home (D)
Hollow Poplar (G)
Another Fall (G)
Crooked Stovepipe (G)
J. D. Robinson of Brasstown (G)
Allie Crocker's (D?)
Through the Gates (D)
Jump at the Sun (dm) (usually gm)
. . . more, unlisted

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