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Trail of the Lonesome Pine - Don & Marie Armstrong

Don and Marie Armstrong call Trail of the Lonesome Pine. Recorded live at the Downeast Western Square Dance Club in Kittery, Maine.A clip of Don's commercial recording of this dance can be found here, and a search on this website will reveal additional examples:* Video, called by Bill Litchman at Dare To Be Square, Brasstown, NC* Video, called by…

Mountain Dew (clip) - Marie Armstrong

Marie Armstrong, recorded live at the Downeast Western Square Dance Club in Kittery, Maine. Immediately before this, Marie called a patter tip.To hear the lyrics for Mountain Dew used in a different sort of square, watch Bill Litchman calling a dance by Colorado caller Marvin Shilling, Sally Goodin and a Dosey Doe.

Marie Armstrong - patter

Patter tip called by Marie Armstrong, Kittery, Maine, October, 1960. There are some problems with the original tape, resulting in a 5-second gap at 1:48 and a 7-second gap at 2:50. Rather than edit those out, we have left them in place so listeners can fill in the blanks themselves and keep the timing of the original in its entirety. Marie followed…

Don Armstrong - progressive squares

Don Armstrong calls a tip that moves dancers from one square to another. At the start of the clip, he alerts dances how this will be done and warns them that when they reach the outside of the hall they will need to do a frontier twirl / California twirl to face back in again. Apparently, some of the dancers missed that information, as you hear him…

In My Adobe Hacienda - Don and Marie Armstrong

Recorded live, Don and Marie Armstrong call a singing square. The tune was recorded by such country artists as Hank Snow, Gene Autry, and Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.

Reach for the Stars - British callers

This singing call was made for promotional purposes by the British Association of American Square Dancing Clubs (BAASDC) in 2001. It features seven top British callers calling to two squares. The Association counts American Mildred Buhler as its "original patron," back in the early 1950s. Further information about the British Association is here…

Shindig in the Barn - Earl Johnston - introductory dance

This is a video clip taken from a promotional video made by Earl Johnston for the Manchester, CT Square Dance Club. Earl was their club caller and the video was made for public television in 1988. In this clip Earl is showing how a new couple can be introduced quickly to modern square dancing. The clip also illustrates a choreographic difference…

Chuck Jones - square dance adventures

Famed animator Chuck Jones (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner, and many more) was an ardent square dance enthusiast, part of the southern California boom in squares in the early 1950s. This is an excerpt from a letter to his daughter, Linda. It describes a square dance demonstration that did not run smoothly. Another Chuck…

Betsy Gotta - patter

Betsey Gotta Callng a MWSD Mainstream Patter call.

Linda Sue - Beulah Samec

Beulah Samec calling a singing call at a dance at the Newton Pavilion in Newton, NH in 1960.

It's a Small World - Dee Dee Dougherty-Lottie

Dee Dee Dougherty-Lottie calling a singing call from a live-recording tape made at a dance in the early years of the 21st Century.

Gloria Rios Roth - patter

Gloria Rios Roth calling the patter half of a tip at a dance in New England in 1960.

Maria - Gloria Rios Roth

Gloria Rios Roth calling a singing call at a dance in New England in 1960.

Jeanne Moody - patter

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Marie Hawes - patter

For more information, see the exhibit on women callers in modern square dance.

Osa Mathews - patter

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