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Tunes most requested by dancers in the contests

Jun 14, 2017 - 10:46:21 PM
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I've heard from a veteran Tennessee festival musician that the tunes most requested by dancers in the individual contests are

  • Sally Goodin
  • Back Up and Push
  • Down Yonder
  • Durham's Bull
  • Sail Away Ladies
  • Old Joe Clark
  • Orange Blossom Special
  • Katy Hill                               

Is this the case at festivals where y'all go? What do you think sets these tunes apart that makes them more appealing than other standard, square breakdowns?  

Jun 15, 2017 - 6:14:37 PM

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Joined Jan 25, 2008

No I don't think so. Where is this coming from. This is not the universe What about Blackberry Blossom and a waltz or two.

Jun 15, 2017 - 6:47:58 PM
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Fiddler

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I was thinking that the tunes you listed have to do with clogging, flat-footing or buck dancing contests and not fiddle contests. It could also be club clogging/square dance competitions. If so, these are played at a 140+ bpm tempo. (More likely 150-160 bpm!) The music for many of these types of contests is recorded - no live bands.

If it were contest fiddling, I would expect, along with Steve, that there would be many other common tunes, e.g. Sally Johnson, Leather Britches, Bill Cheatham, Cotton Patch Rag (or some other rag), Over The Waves Waltz, Festival Waltz, Anniversary Waltz or some other popular waltz.

Jun 15, 2017 - 7:19:36 PM

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Yeah, I'm talking about the clogging and buck dancing contests. There are square dance contests too, but not exactly like the club dancing. They clog while going through a setting of figures, and, yes, for all of these, the tempos are blazing, unless you have one of the true old-time buck dancers come up. Those folks usually want a slower tempo. It's all done to a live, acoustic, Bluegrass band. Prerecorded tracks are forbidden in the contests. At least, that's the case in Tennessee.
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Originally posted by Fiddler

I was thinking that the tunes you listed have to do with clogging, flat-footing or buck dancing contests and not fiddle contests. It could also be club clogging/square dance competitions. If so, these are played at a 140+ bpm tempo. (More likely 150-160 bpm!) The music for many of these types of contests is recorded - no live bands.



If it were contest fiddling, I would expect, along with Steve, that there would be many other common tunes, e.g. Sally Johnson, Leather Britches, Bill Cheatham, Cotton Patch Rag (or some other rag), Over The Waves Waltz, Festival Waltz, Anniversary Waltz or some other popular waltz.



 




Edited by - soppinthegravy on 06/15/2017 19:23:29

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