Choose Your Partners!: Contra Dance & Square Dance Music of New Hampshire

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
New Hampshire is one of the American locales in which square dancing is most popular, both in contra dances (in which two lines of partners face each other) and square dances (in which four couples arrange themselves in a square formation). This 67-minute disc has 16 tunes suitable for the purpose, recorded in early 1999 by half a dozen bands active in the New Hampshire square dancing community. It's heaviest, as you might expect, on the fiddle, also including some dulcimer, mandolin, flute, and other instrumentation. The repertoire concentrates on music derived from British Isles and Celtic folk, including reels, jigs, and a couple of slower waltzes that break up ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
New Hampshire is one of the American locales in which square dancing is most popular, both in contra dances (in which two lines of partners face each other) and square dances (in which four couples arrange themselves in a square formation). This 67-minute disc has 16 tunes suitable for the purpose, recorded in early 1999 by half a dozen bands active in the New Hampshire square dancing community. It's heaviest, as you might expect, on the fiddle, also including some dulcimer, mandolin, flute, and other instrumentation. The repertoire concentrates on music derived from British Isles and Celtic folk, including reels, jigs, and a couple of slower waltzes that break up the pace nicely; some of the songs include dance callers. It's more fun to dance to than listen to, but it's well recorded and annotated, and indeed probably good fodder for practicing these styles of folk dancing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1999
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074012628
  • Catalog Number: 40126
  • Sales rank: 129,025

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rodney Miller Fiddle
David Murray Flute
Alan Graham Guitar, Drums
Bob McQuillen Piano
Andrew Stewart Fiddle
Steve Zakon-Anderson Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Peter Yarensky Dulcimer, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part, Hammered Dulcimer
Burt Feintuch Fiddle
2 Fiddles Track Performer
Stuart Kenney Electric Piano, Electric Upright Bass
Dave Bradley Acoustic Bass
Ricky Barrow Mandolin, Mandola
Charlene Amweg Dancer
Christopher Amweg Dancer
Jim Amweg Dancer
Kimber Amweg Dancer
Alice Atherton Piano
Alive Atherton Piano
Ginger Blackman Dancer
Ian Blackman Dancer
Jessie Blackman Dancer
Johanna Blackman Dancer
Dave Bradely Upright Bass
Lester Bradely Guitar, Vocals
Lester Bradley Guitar, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Carol Compton Piano
David Cousineau Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Francis Orzechowski Piano
Jane Orzechowski Fiddle, Dancer
Steve Panish Fiddle
Sarah Hydorn Flute
Dudley Laufman Fiddle, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Deanna Stiles Flute, Piccolo
Margaret Fanning Dulcimer, Hammered Dulcimer
Mary Cay Piano, Brass
Terry Traub Piano
Mary DesRosiers Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Technical Credits
Charlie Pilzer Mastering
Rick Watson Engineer
Gerry Putnam Engineer
Pete Reiniger Sound Advisor, Sound Production
Jack Beard Contributor, Liner Notes, Introduction, Annotation
Kate Van Winkel Keller Liner Notes, Introduction, Annotation
Arthur Tufts Photo Courtesy
Carol Dirga Artwork, Layout Direction
Lynn Martin Producer, Liner Notes, Introduction, Annotation
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