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15
Apr

I am posting 2 of what I would put on my list of "traditional" dance tunes played by a traditional band, Floyd Woodhull and his Old Tyme Masters.
The first is "Soldiers Joy", in 4/4 time.
don ward

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15
Apr

This is the second of what I put in the traditional list of tunes played by a more  traditional band,  Floyd Woodhull, who play's accordion with his band
This is  "Soldiers Joy"  a good example of  6/8 (jig) time.

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4
Apr
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 11:40 pm

Heres an uncomplicated dance but will  keep you  on your toes without any puzzles to solve.
The choreograph comes from the 1948-1953 Sets In Order Archive. Bob Osgood makes good use of  ladies chain. 
One move no longer  used is  active couples lead to couple on right, circle left  half way, head men let go of the person in their left hand and  the circle  straightens out  into a line of 4  facing across the set.
The challenge, like APD, calls are to the dancers in the given position at the time of the call.
Good luck with this  great  elementary  dance.    Keep a smile on your face.

Don Ward

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4
Apr
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 11:28 pm

De Boom, Hoedown is the background for Bob Osgoods calling of The Route and features  the banjo artistry  of Jack Hawes.
The original 78 rpm recording is Sets In Order #2087. The tempo is 130bpm which was common in the  late 1940's through the 1950's.

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1
Mar
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 7:36 pm

Now here is the called version. You will notice  a distinct difference in the music on the Decca records release which was recorded before the instrumental version on Balance.

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1
Mar
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 7:30 pm

Welcome to "Our"  square dance music room.  I say "Our" because this is a place  where you may be able to locate vintage dance music and  I get to share some of my favorite classics.
Rich Sabardella  asked for  called and  music  by Ed Gilmore of his "Lady Be Good" dance. 
The called version was released on Decca Records 78rpm #40231, with the music  redone on the Balance label 78rpm #203.
Here you are Rich and  the rest of  my followers. Check out the  use of a tuba for the  dance beat.............   yea   Ed  got everyone's  attention.
Happy dancing
Don Ward

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19
Feb
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 12:40 am

Much has been discussed lately about  too many moves and too many puzzles  in todays  MWSDing ..... 
How about an entire tip with nothing more  than  allemande left/right, 4 ladies chain, right and left hand stars and  do paso  called descriptively.
Take a listen to Arnie Kronenberger calling "Put em in the lead".
Make a few notes of the choreography sequence and call it at your next dance  and  watch  what happens..........  the dancers just might  be surprised   and you too.

don ward 

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29
Dec
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 7:53 pm

From the  Henry Ford "Good Morning"  recordings comes  this called version of "Portland Fancy, as a circle mixer (couple facing couple).

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29
Dec
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 7:06 pm

In my dance world, Squares, Contras, circle and couple dances are all part of the same pie  to be enjoyed over and over.
This being said  I'm putting up this  1920 recording of a Contra dance, Portland Fancy, (Which can also be dances as a couple facing couple  circle mixer) played by The Victor Military Band.
The tunes are "Texarkana" and "Young American Hornpipe".
This is Victor recording 18616.

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25
May
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 11:08 pm

Thanks to an amateur tape recording we can once again hear  an example of  why  Ed Gilmore  was so popular in the early years of  Western Square Dancing.
In  the first dance Ed  has  alerted that one more couple was needed in a square.....  then he starts the music and again  calls for one more couple...........and with out a pause  launches into the first dance. He doesnt  keep the floor standing for one stray couple.....  get up and dance thats what your here for.
Ive also called attention to some other traits  in my podcast introduction that will be of interest.
For the technically minded the info on the box  indicates a Pentron recorder, 3.75 ips mono  track  recording on Scotch 111A  acetate recording tape. Surprising quality recovered from a tape  55 years old.
Yours to enjoy, a dance tip with Ed Gilmore 

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