Tony Parkes - Crooked Stovepipe
This dance was taught by Tony Parkes as part of his workshop session on New England Square Dances, recorded November 19, 2011, at the Dare To Be Square Weekend, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Co-sponsored by the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS), the event brought together six experienced callers representing different styles of traditional and modern square dance with about 70 square dance enthusiasts.
Tony learned the dance from Ralph Page, who said it was based on a traditional French-Canadian square. In the 1970s Tony observed a similar figure in the second change of the square set that was danced every Saturday night at the French American Victory Club in Waltham, Mass. The tune is also Canadian, but it was not played in Waltham. Tony believes it may have been Ralph Page who decided to use the tune for this figure and named the dance for the tune.
Musicians for this set were Jim Morrison and Steve Hickman, fiddles; Claudio Buchwald, piano; Sam Bartlett, banjo.
You can also view the dance called by Tod Whittemore, hear an audio clip of Duke Miller calling it, or hear an audio clip of Dudley Laufman calling the dance.