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