I’ve been running a radio station for community dance music. Currently it’s mostly contra
dance music, though I welcome all styles of music played for community dancing. The idea
is listeners are encouraged to support the musicians I play (direct donations, buy albums)
in return for having high-quality music played on their computer/phone. I eagerly welcome
more musicians to the station. You can learn more here: Country Dance Music Radio
It could be an outlet for musicians wanting to make fresh home recordings, perhaps as
collaborative progressive mix projects, so you keep your game up. I think it’d be a great
thing to do a live hour once a week with different musicians. The stream would be much
higher quality than Zoom since it is audio only.
Country Dance Music Radio - https://radio.contracorner.com
395 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
On Jul 30, 2020, at 14:55, Emily Addison via Musicians
Hi fellow dance musicians,
What creative ways are you finding to play dance music these days? Are you working on any
The pandemic has certainly slowed me down. However, there's a few projects that
I'm really enjoying...
-The open band that I lead is still meeting once a month. We gather through zoom,
spending about about 1/3 of the time visiting and the rest playing music. Only one mic
can be on for the music playing but that seems to be working well. At first, it was
either the lead fiddler or myself (piano). The last two sessions have involved the
fiddler and I playing together while physically distanced outside.
-I've been wanting to get better at playing fiddle and a friend in the US has been
interested in learning how to play Cape Breton style piano so we've recently started
swapping weekly lessons. We each teach for 15 minutes which gives the other person just
enough to work on for the next week. (We both have kids so there isn't much practice
-I'm working my way through a new tune book: Honeywood by Emilyn Stam and John
Williams. It's full of absolutely gorgeous European dance
-Finally, one of our local contra dancers organized a physically-distant picnic that was
open to all last week. Ontario is currently allowing a maximum of 100 people to gather
outside in groups as long as they maintain distance. 20-30 people showed up and everyone
respected distance. I organized a few musicians to attend and we played in the background.
There was no dancing but the dancers appreciated the music.
I'm curious as to what you are up to!
:) Emily in Ottawa
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