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Yellow Rose of Texas - Dad Brundage

Dad Brundage was the father of Al and Bob Brundage, each of whom became well-known modern square dance callers. In his autobiography, This Is My Square Dancing Life, Bob Brundage writes, "Then when I left for college in 1941, also at the University of Maine, Dad started to call dances at home. Everyone thought that Al and I learned to call from Dad…

Forward Six and Back (clip) - Harold Luce

This audio clip features the fiddling and calling of Harold "Chuck" Luce, who started playing in the mid-1930s and was still playing in 2012. He has been associated with the Ed Larkin Dancers of north central Vermont, and performed with them at two New York World's Fairs, in 1939 and again in 1964. The group has performed their repertoire of…

First Two Gents Cross Over - Harold Luce

Harold Luce started fiddling with the Ed Larkin Dancers in north central Vermont in the 1930s and played with them until his death at age 95 on August 13, 2014. In this recording, he is accompanied on piano by Karl Brown.He accompanied the dancers and called for dances, performing at two World's Fairs in New York City (1940 and 1964) and each year…

Westchester's Famous Square Dance Expert

Article describing Elisha Keeler's approach to calling squares

Florilla Perkins Ames, Vermont

Florilla Perkins Ames was 102 years old when she recorded this interview. She lives in northern Vermont, and remembers her father calling dances. Before that, her mother's grandfather used to play fiddle for dances: "In fact, in this house where I am right now they used to dance squares upstairs, in the 1800s."

Best Things in Life Are Free - Jerry Helt

From the "Jerry Helt's Dance Party" video (KDF-003). This is a video and audio cassette for non-dancers, people of all ages, square dancers, school groups, square dance callers, and collectors, available from Kentucky Dance Foundation and used with permission. Kentucky Dance Foundation, c/o Folk Dancer Record Center, 6290 Olin Road, Brandenburg,…

Square Dance and Square Dance Music in Western New York State

Two articles by the pre-eminent scholar of this region's traditional music and dance traditions, and included on the site with the permission of the author. Kimball discusses the history of dances in this region, looks at the dances themselves and their social context, and describes the music commonly played.

An excerpt:
"...As early as the…

Hinky Dinky Parlez-Vous - Jim Kimball

Different callers have put different figures to this tune.

Afternoon workshop of traditional New York state square dances
Sponsored by the Southern Tier Country Dance Society
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Cuba Grange
Cuba, NY

Jim Kimball, caller and button accordion
Curt Osgood, hammered dulcimer
Evelyn Jones, piano accordion
Howard…

Marching Through Georgia - Jim Kimball

Afternoon workshop of traditional New York state square dances
Sponsored by the Southern Tier Country Dance Society
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Cuba Grange
Cuba, NY

Jim Kimball, caller and button accordion
Curt Osgood, hammered dulcimer
Evelyn Jones, piano accordion
Howard Blumenthal, fiddle

Coming Round the Mountain - Jim Kimball

Afternoon workshop of traditional New York state square dances
Sponsored by the Southern Tier Country Dance Society
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Cuba Grange
Cuba, NY

Kimball starts with a few comments on the Perry family orchestra with a 100+ year history of playing for dances in upstate New York.

Jim Kimball, caller and button accordion
Curt…

Redwing - Jim Kimball

Afternoon workshop of traditional New York state square dances
Sponsored by the Southern Tier Country Dance Society
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Cuba Grange
Cuba, NY

The tune is Redwing, commonly used for the Dip and Dive figure. This dance is simpler.

Jim Kimball, caller and button accordion
Curt Osgood, hammered dulcimer
Evelyn Jones,…

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Bouquet Waltz - Jim Kimball

Afternoon workshop of traditional New York state square dances
Sponsored by the Southern Tier Country Dance Society
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Cuba Grange
Cuba, NY

Jim Kimball says that the figure was known locally as "Two by Three in a Bouquet Waltz." The same figure in other locales done by two circles of four, is sometimes called a Pokey…

Ralph Page - 1980 Milestone Award

Photograph taken at the event and text of the presentation made by Jim Mayo to Ralph Page. Page was no fan of modern square dancing; indeed many of his editorials in Northern Junket argued against this new form

When CALLERLAB decided to honor Page with its Milestone Award, he wasn't certain whether to accept. The story goes that he finally…

Fifty Miles from Times Square

This is an excerpt from John Cohen's 1972 film, used here by permission of the filmmaker.

caller: Herb Strickland
musicians: Bud Snow, Jay Ungar, Lyn Hardy, Abby Newton, Tom Allen

Fiddler Jay Ungar, seen in the dance footage, writes: "The dances were started by the Concerned Democrats in Putnam County, NY to raise money for the McGovern…

Duke Miller - Crooked Stovepipe

Duke Miller, caller. Recorded live at the Peterborough Golf Club, August 20, 1965. This dance was a staple of Ralph Page's repertoire as well, which he borrowed from French-Canadian music. Caller Dudley Laufman says that it was also the first dance he learned to call.

New England Fiddles

Caller William Chaisson calls the changes and Joe Cormier's fiddle leads the band in two quadrilles recorded at the French American Victory Club in Waltham, MA.

The link takes you to a streamed version of Bishop's entire film; you can start viewing at 23:40 to hear a little of the interview with Cornier and the lead into the dance sequence.

John Newton - Vermont - 5 squares

John Newton was a Vermont teacher and square dance caller. Included here are five examples of his calling.

The first three were recorded by Steve Green in 1984 at John's home (with music by John's band, the Turkey Mountain Window Smashers, including Jill Newton on fiddle and Sally Newton on piano). In his introduction to "My Little Girl," (not…

Three singing squares - Vermont, 1956

Three singing squares from an October 6, 1956 recording of the Dick Perry Orchestra and caller Ira Huntley playing a square dance in Newfane, Vermont. Original tape donated to the Vermont Folklife Center by John Stone. This audio is very clear, professionally digitized by the VFC staff. 1) Marching through Georgia: Note that the caller finishes the…

When You're Smiling - Ralph Sweet

Recorded August 1, 2010, at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Burlington, Vermont, during a workshop on singing squares led by caller Ralph Sweet.

Musicians are Thal Aylward, fiddle; Will Patton, mandolin; Dono Schabner, guitar

If You Knew Susie - Ralph Sweet (2010)

Recorded August 1, 2010, at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Burlington, Vermont, during a workshop on singing squares led by caller Ralph Sweet.

Musicians are Thal Aylward, fiddle; Will Patton, mandolin; Dono Schabner, guitar