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Plain Jane (Quadrille) - Adam Boyce

Traditional quadrille, recorded at an open house sponsored by the Ed Larkin Dancers, Tunbridge, Vermont, March 12, 2010. The prompter is Adam Boyce, and the musicians are Harold Luce on fiddle and his daughter, Donna Weston, on piano. There are good views of the musicians starting around 2 minutes into the video. The music is from the last figure…

Maple Sugar Gal - Tod Whittemore

Singing square, called by Tod Whittemore at the 24th annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend in Durham, NH.The musicians are Bob McQuillen, piano; Randy Miller, fiddle; Peter Siegel, mandolin. The late Rod Linnell is the caller credited with setting this choreography to the tune; you can listen to his recording of the dance.Named in honor of the…

Smoke on the Water - Tod Whittemore

Tod Whittemore is the caller; music is provided by Bob McQuillen, piano; Randy Miller, fiddle, and Peter Siegel, mandolin. This was part of a dance workshop on singing squares, recorded on January 15, 2011, at the 24th annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend in Durham, NH.Named in honor of the great New England caller of contra and square dances,…

Just Because - Tod Whittemore

Tod Whittemore is the caller; music is provided by Bob McQuillen, piano; Randy Miller, fiddle, and Peter Siegel, mandolin. This was part of a dance workshop on singing squares, recorded on January 15, 2011, at the 24th annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend in Durham, NH. Named in honor of the great New England caller of contra and square dances,…

Trail of the Lonesome Pine - Tod Whittemore

Tod Whittemore is the caller; music is provided by Bob McQuillen, piano; Randy Miller, fiddle, and Peter Siegel, mandolin. This was part of a dance workshop on singing squares, recorded on January 15, 2011, at the 24th annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend in Durham, NH. Named in honor of the great New England caller of contra and square dances,…

Lazy H - Tony Parkes

Tony Parkes is calling Ed Gilmore's classic dance, the Lazy H. As the dance progresses, Tony adds variations so that instead of couples doing a right and left through around a standing line of four, he directs the ladies to chain over and back through an arch in the middle of the line of four. Tony also uses a break from around 1950, the Triple…

Two Little Right Hand Stars - Tony Parkes

This dance appeared in Ralph Page's Northern Junket in Volume 1, #2, p. 17. This clip includes Tony's walkthrough of the dance.The dance is attributed to Ralph Page. Tony is using Rod Linnell's version of the call, which Rod adapted to fit the tune "Blue Mountain Rag" as a semi-singing call. As New England musicians do not generally know that tune,…

Forward Five - Tony Parkes

The dance is based on one used by Ralph Page. Tony's shortened version goes as follows:

A1 All go forward and back
Go forward again, gent #1 bring two ladies home

A2 At the heads, go right and left five
Do a right and left back and look alive

B1 On the corner, do an allemande left
Come back home and swing your…

Dick Leger figure - Tony Parkes

Tony Parkes calls a quadrille-style figure that he learned from the calling of Dick Leger. Leger did it as a singing call to the tune of "Wolverton Mountain," a country song made famous by Claude King in 1962.

The musicians are Yankee Ingenuity (Peter Barnes, piano; Mary Lea, fiddle; Cal Howard, bass; Jack O'Connor, mandolin), joined by Alasdair…

Monadnock Muddle (clip) - Ralph Page

Ralph Page calling with music provided by Dick Richardson on fiddle, Junior Richardson on bass, and Johnny Trombley on piano, joined by Norm Smith on banjo. Released on Disc 363, the flip side of the Jingle Bells recording. The tune is Soldier's Joy. This recording shows how a traditional New England caller could retain experienced dancers'…

Jingle Bells (clip) - Ralph Page

A fine example of why Ralph Page was known as New England's singing square dance caller, back in the day. The dance is Odd Couple to the Center, set to the tune of Jingle Bells. Ralph Page calling with music provided by Dick Richardson on fiddle, Junior Richardson on bass, and Johnny Trombley on piano, joined by Norm Smith on banjo. Released on…

Swing Two Ladies - Ralph Page, 1955

Recorded at a dance in Fitchburg, MA, in 1955 by Harold Spaulding. Released on Dudley Laufman's CD compilation, "The Sound of Ralph Page." See also a video clip of Tony Parkes teaching this dance at the Brasstown Dare To Be Square.

The Slow One - Dudley Laufman

Dance as called by Lyn Cady, though Dudley said he's at a loss as to the title since it was always done at the same speed as every other square. He identifies the tune as Solomon Levi, though the tune here lacks the part found in Solomon Levi squares, where the dancers la-la-la along to the music.

Dudley Laufman calls a program of "Old Time…

Prisoner's Song - Dudley Laufman

Dudley Laufman says he never heard this dance called by anyone other than Lyn Cady, and it was always done to the tune of "If I Had the Wings of an Angel."

Dudley Laufman calls a program of "Old Time Vermont Square Dances" from the repertoire of Lyn Cady. Cady was the dance master at the Sherburne (VT) Center Grange Hall, to which the Farm &…

Doo Dar - Dudley Laufman

The dance is a singing square set to Camptown Races.

This audio file begins with an introduction about Lyn Cady, and then additional comments from Dudley Laufman, who was the Farm & Wilderness farmer in residence in 1951.

Dudley Laufman calls a program of "Old Time Vermont Square Dances" from the repertoire of Lyn Cady. Cady was the dance…

Girl I Left Behind Me (clip) - Dudley Laufman

Live recording, Bernardston, Massachusetts, with Dudley Laufman calling. This was the third dance of the evening. At the end of Soldier's Joy, a contra, Dudley had groups of two couples circle left and right, then find another foursome to circle left, eight hands around. He now had his groups for the square dance. Caller's note from Bob Livingston:…

Crooked Stovepipe - Dudley Laufman -

Live recording, Bernardston, Massachusetts, with Dudley Laufman calling. He introduces this by noting, "First dance I ever called, when I was a kid." Music by the Fall Town String Band: Ed Phelps and Jim Spaulding, fiddles, joined by Jacqueline Gilman, fiddle; Bob Kenney, guitar; Jack Arensmeyer, mandolin; Ruth Brassor, bass guitar. Released on a…

Rod's Right and Left (clip) - Rod Linnell

This dance was recorded on the flip side of Mountain Music Madness, on the Apex label, #9-26431. The band is Don Messer's Islanders. The tune is Debbie's Jig.In her notes, Louise Winston writes, "This next dance, composed simply of ladies chain and right and left through, sounds deceptively easy but can throw seasoned dancers the first time they…

Pack Up Your Troubles / Three-Quarter Promenade (clip) - Rod Linnell

The tune is Pack Up Your Troubles. Linnell's calls were released on the Rodeo label (Canada, RXP1), with music by The Maritime All Stars.

Presque Isle Eighth (clip) - Rod Linnell -

The tune is Crooked Stovepipe. Rod Linnell: "We used to spend each winter in northern Maine and call dances there and in neighboring New Brunswick. During one of these winters, the Presque Isle club held an eighth anniversary dance. The night before he event we had to drive about 120 miles to a New Brunswick engagement, and while on the journey…