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Jul 3, 2022 - 4:56:59 AM
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RobBob

USA

2832 posts since 6/26/2007

Played last night for a crowd of folks' 4 of July party. The caller was on the floor, no mic and we played for a couple of hours. There were actually two callers, one younger and one older. It was a true old time community dance. One of the kids dances lasted for twenty minutes. We played four tunes and then my right arm fell off.

This was perhaps the wildest dance I ever played, deep in a hollow next to a pond in the Blue Ridge mountains. The humidity was high or it would have been very pleasant with temps in the mid 70's. Kids ranged from elementary school age to high school. The older kids also danced with the adults. Toddlers would run in and out between the dancers. I love that these folks have these dances and there is so much enthusiasm from all age groups.

Jul 3, 2022 - 5:31:16 AM
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2703 posts since 10/22/2007

To have a fiddle, play a fiddle,and have somewhere to play it. You are a Rich man RB!

Jul 3, 2022 - 8:44:26 AM
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RobBob

USA

2832 posts since 6/26/2007

quote:
Originally posted by farmerjones

To have a fiddle, play a fiddle,and have somewhere to play it. You are a Rich man RB!


Yes indeed, I agree completely!  But as I age, all of those dances are felt in the right shoulder, but grateful I can still play a dance.

Jul 3, 2022 - 12:19:06 PM

Old Scratch

Canada

988 posts since 6/22/2016

I'm jealous ... !

Jul 3, 2022 - 12:46:09 PM

DougD

USA

10652 posts since 12/2/2007
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I've played a few rustic ones too - glad to hear such things are still going on. Sorry about your shoulder.

Jul 3, 2022 - 3:57:30 PM

WyoBob

USA

412 posts since 5/16/2019
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I played for my first and last square dance a few weeks ago (with my banjo). 

There's a group of kids, most of who are students or former students taught by Lynn Young.   I'm a member of his O.T. group that plays weekly and our group was invited to play for these kids at the square dance that they hold every few weeks at a local "community hall" north of here.

It was a blast to see so many kids and young adults having such great fun.   There must have been 50 plus  dancers.   They had a great time and I did --- but for the really loud caller on the speaker's.   For a hearing aid wearer (and someone who avoids crowds and loud noises), it was painful.   I had to leave half way through but, I really enjoyed watching the kids have so much fun.   Being around these kids gave me great hope for the future and I'm glad I went.

Even members of the group that still have good hearing were crowded in close to the fiddle players so they could get in "sync" and play along.   So, I'm glad I did it but won't go again.

Jul 3, 2022 - 4:22:53 PM

RobBob

USA

2832 posts since 6/26/2007

quote:
Originally posted by DougD

I've played a few rustic ones too - glad to hear such things are still going on. Sorry about your shoulder.


It's a small price to pay for the joy of all of the dances I've been privileged to play.

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