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Notes on Singing Squares - Walter Lenk

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Notes on Singing Squares - Walter Lenk


A collection of favorite singing square calls, with some musical examples, created by Walter Lenk. His site also includes a valuable transcription of singing calls in the repertoire of Chip Hendrickson, c. 1955.

In his note to the trad-dance-callers listserv, announcing the launch of his site, Walter Lenk wrote: "Included are notes on some of the individual squares as to where they came from and how I learned him, as well as the general environment of the dance community in the Boston area in the late 70s and early 80s that fostered this process. I've included a few examples, as well as a complete transcription of Chip Hendrickson's call book circa 1955. I don't call much these days, but I often get to do a set of singing squares at dances that I play for."

Alabama Jubilee
Barnacle Bill
Bill Bailey
Chime Bells
Crooked Stovepipe
Down Yonder
Four Leaf Clover
Goodbye My Lady Love
Honolulu Baby
Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
I Like Mountain Music
If You Knew Susie
Jingle Bell Square
Life on the Ocean Wave
Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane
Liza Jane
Louisiana Swing
Maple Sugar Gal
My Little Girl
Nellie Bly
Nellie Gray
Oh Johnny, Oh
Old Fashioned Gal
On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine
Open Up Your Heart and Let's be Friends
Red River Valley
Rose of San Antone
Sheik of Araby
Smoke on the Water
Snow Deer
Solomon Levi
Swing, Boys, Swing
The Girl with the Starry Eyes
Uptown, Downtown
When the Work's all done in the Fall
When You’re Smiling (2 versions)
Your Home Town


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September 25, 2012


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