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I'll be Playing for a Contra Dance this Saturday

Friday, November 27, 2015 @2:55:12 PM

 A few months back, I was randomly invited to play for a dance sponsored by the Central Iowa Barn Dance Association. I say randomly because I did not solicit the gig; some members have seen/heard me play in the springtime, so it IS known that I play fiddle. In short order, I gathered a couple of other players, Paul Perkins on banjo and Jon Duvick on guitar, and told the promoters I'd do it (I actually said yes before putting the band together). Then I spent most of October practicing the ukulele band for the Styx gig (see previous blog).

This month, I read up on playing for contras since I know that will be the bulk of the evening, perused my list for tunes appropriate for contra dancing, and put together a list and shared that with the caller, Lonna Nachtgal for her input. Then, since Jon plays for these dances often (with the Barn Owl Band), I let him pair some tunes for medleys. We came up with six reel medleys and two jig medleys, two stand alone reels and a jig that was requested by Lonna, and a few waltzes.  I've played a lot with Paul and a couple of times with Jon, so was confident we would play together nicely. We rehearsed a couple of times and hashed out the medleys, finding some that didn't work as well as others and fixing the ones that didn't. 

Here's the list: 

Rock the Cradle Joe -> Forked Deer

Sarah Armstrong's tune -> red Haired Boy 

Sarah Armstrong's tune -> red Haired Boy 

Stephen B. Tucker's Circus Piece -> Nail That Catfish...

Spotted Pony -> Squirrel Hunter

Shenandoah Falls -> Booth Shot Lincoln

Frosty Morning -> June Apple

Flop Eared Mule

Whiskey before Breakfast

Donnybrook Boys -> Top of Cork Road -> Biddy of Sligo 

Geese in the Bog -> Jim Morrison's Jig

Smash the Windows

There are others if need be, but these are the main ones.   

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