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Hashing the Breaks (clip) - Les Gotche

Les Gotcher was the self-proclaimed king of hash. Here's an example of his calling. Square dance enthusiasts who followed him from dance to dance in New England in the 1950s noticed, though, that he called the same sequence of figures; this in no way detracted from the excitement for the dancers. The caller making up figures on the fly was an…

Four Star Hash (clip) - Ed Gilmore

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Choc-A-Taw (clip) - Dick Leger

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Ends Turn In (clip) - Raymond Smith

Dance created by Ed Gilmore, with many versions available on this site. Music here is played by Jack Barbour's band.

Silver Bell (clip) - Paul Hunt

music by the Rock Candy Mountaineers

Buffalo Gals (clip) - Piute Pete

Resident caller the Village Barn in New York City

Texas Whirlwind (clip) - Rickey Holden

Starting with a simply RH star in the center, Holden ups the complexity with a series of Catch All Eight calls around outside of the circle.

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TEXAS WHIRLWIND (Folkraft 1073A) – Rickey Holden
(original figure by Fenton Jones, Los Angeles, California)

( prelim) Ladies to the center and back to the bar
Gents to the center and form a…

Silver Bell (clip) - Dick Leger

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Paddy Dear (clip) - Lawrence Loy

According to a detailed discography, this was recorded January 1946 at RCA Victor Studio, 155 E, 24th St., Manhattan, New York City - Carson Robison and His Buckaroos

Standard Club Quadrille (clip) - Benjamin Lovett

Benjamin Lovett, a New England dancing master, was hired by Henry Ford and relocated from Massachusetts to Michigan. He recorded numerous albums with the Henry Ford Orchestra, as well as authoring Good Morning, Ford's country dance book.

Paul Gifford notes: " 'Standard Club Quadrille' came from Jasper Bisbee, a fiddler from Paris, Michigan…

Cumberland Square Eight

This popular dance can be found in numerous settings:English country dancers in the USScottish country dancers celebrating Burns Night"anarchic" dancersanother energetic groupdancers at a wedding partyDirections can be found here and here. For an alternate version, to make the dance a mixer, after the basket swings:B1 Dosido and swing cornerB2…

Rufus! - Rufus Guinchard - Newfoundland fiddler

"Rufus!" is a 30-minute film made in 1990 that celebrates the life and music of Newfoundland fiddler Rufus Guinchard. The film is available online, and is well worth watching If that lin does not work, try this one. in its entirety. Like Medicine Fiddle, the film helps set the music and dance in the context of the broad culture. A dance sequence,…

Piute Pete - Village Barn

Piute Pete called squares regularly at the Village Barn in New York City. This newspaper columnist took a less-than-enthusiastic view of the proceedings.

Dick Leger - Marianne

The Square with the Bongo Beat, Dick Leger's dance, "Marianne," was a 1957 hit. Here are additional links to the recording itself and to a video of the dance called by Tony Parkes.