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From historical private recordings I bring you more of the unique Square Dance style of Ed Durlacher.

Ed Durlacher set 505-6 Library of American folk dances

1; Pop goes weasel, music same/Farmer in dell
2; Texas star, Lamplighters hornpipe
3; Oh Susanna,  music same
4; Head ladies cross over,  Sailing
5; Grapevine twist, Rig a Jig Jig, when Johnny comes marching home
6; Forward 6 and back, Camptown races
7; Heads and sides, Haste to wedding
8; Looby Loo, same
9; Bird in cage, Mulberry bush/A hunting we will go
10; She'll be coming round the mountain, same

Theres more to come.............

don ward

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27
Nov
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 10:35 pm

Ed Durlacher 503-4 "American Folk Music and Dances"

1; Billy Boy / Billy boy
2; Three ladies chain / Soldiers Joy
3; Standard waltz quadrille / Couple down center, By Bonnie,      
      Where has my little dog gone, Hi Lee hi lo, Band played on
4; Cut off six / Little brown jug
5: Swingeroo / Kingdom come
6; Buffalo gals / Buffalo gals
7; Jingle bells / Jingle bells, Auld lang syne
8; Quaker Hill / Rakes of Mallow
9; Pass her by / Solomon Levi, Kerry dance
10: London bridge /  London bridge

Here is another of the Durlacher private recordings from the 1950s.

By the response I seemed to have uncovered a treasure trove of recordings for their historical value.

Happy listening  and there are more to come

Don Ward

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25
Nov
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 1:04 am

Do Si Do in New York's Grand Central Park to the calls of Ed Durlacher, who held reign as one of the most unique Square Dance Callers of all time.
His talk-through dance approach brought smiles to 10's of thousands of common folk introduced to Square Dancing over the over the years.
Durlacher took his Top Hand orchestra into the recording studio for a series of commercial recordings for use in small groups.  However in the 1950's the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers,  recorded a library of Durlacher dances. These recordings were never released to the public.
I obtained copies of these recordings in order to preserve and digitize them for all to enjoy and download for posterity.
The dances as noted on the recording logs indicated the music used which you will find on the track list.

Durlacher Set 501 2

1; The girl I left behind, music same
2; Dip and dive the hall, music Jolly Coppersmith
3; Chain waltz quadrille, music You tell me your dream
4; Chase the rabbit, music Pigtown hoedown, Devils dream
5; Loch Lomand, music Loch Lomand, Campbells are coming
6; Duck for the Oyster, music Wait for wagon, Farmer in dell
7; yankee Doodle, music Yankee Doodle, Tramp tramp tramp
8; Captain Jinks, music same
9; Honolulu baby, music Spanish cavalier, Ay Ay Ay
10; Push her away, music White Cockade

I will be posting each set as a file for easy reference and archive retrieval.

Don Ward
recordings copyright under terms of: CV 15-06257 PA-AGR and  may not be used for commercial purposes without permission,

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14
Jul
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 2:43 pm

Treat your dancers to a musical cruise, Down Where The Trade Winds Blow, along with the Sundowners band.
The melody is infectious, the beat moves your feet and you can ride the phrase all way through.
Another refurbished dance tune ready to lift the floor.
Enjoy
don ward

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11
Jul
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 3:09 pm

Here's 2 great singing calls for your dancers.
Totally refurbished (response 40hz-10khz) Jack Barbour and Rhythm Rustlers, Sugar Time and 8 More Miles to Louisville.
Almost any 32 bar singing call figure will work with these 2 straight forward tunes. Take one of your favorite figures and give it a new life with this great music.
Hope you enjoy.  I'll be be posting more in the coming weeks. 

*copyright july 2016 as new recordings by Don Ward. Free dance use is allowed.

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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 "Blackberry Quadrille", in 6/8 or what is sometimes called a "Jig".
The tune makes you want to "jig" up and down.
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  4/4  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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