How about a compromise - one of your tunes, one of theirs. They will want to be heard at
their best. You may be surprised. Make sure you can be heard above them though, (or teach
a simple dance well in advance)
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From: Bill Olson callbill(a)hotmail.com [trad-dance-callers]
To: Kalia Kliban ; Caller's discussion list ; trad-dance-callers(a)yahoogroups.com
Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2016 3:55 PM
Subject: [trad-dance-callers] RE: [Callers] Need musical advice
Kalia, good morning. After thinking about this more and reading others' comments,
and realizing you now have only one day.. here's what I think..
my original answer to you (below) just responded to what you were asking for, i.e...
jigs and reels, sheet music, pretty easy, etc..
Unless the band is really good at reading music and has some basic understanding of the
genre, you might want to go with something they know.. I think keeping with 32 bar tunes
is still a good idea, why do this at all if you're not going to demonstrate 'what
we do' right? and the band has indicated a willingness.. Maybe they do know Turkey in
the Straw or other old-time tunes like that.. They certainly know the Chicken Dance (we
call it "Danse de Canard" [duck dance] here in Maine). That tune actually IS 32
bars (of course dancers will probably not be able to resist flapping their arms, etc - not
necessarily a bad thing I guess)..
Of course if it looks like the band can do it (actually read the music, keep a good
tempo, etc) then pick out a few tunes, print up the sheet music, and give it a go.. what
the heck.. I agree to ditch the jigs.. Just simple reels.. I still think the Maine Fiddle
Camp archive might be of use because there are *simple* tunes on there and you can listen
to the MP3 (to see if it works with dance you have in mind) and print out sheet music
which has the chords as well as the "fly specks".. As I said before, a LOT of
this depends on the band.. but.. they may surprise you.. not every aspiring garage band
just plays rock and roll..
I realize "communications" hasn't been all that great with the band, so I
suppose all this may get put together *at the gig*... whew.. anyway good luck with that!!
(and as several have already said, let us know how this goes!!)
To: kalia.kliban(a)gmail.com; callers(a)sharedweight.net
Subject: RE: [Callers] Need musical advice
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2016 00:51:31 +0000
Kalia, Go to the Maine Fiddle Camp web site www.mainefiddlecamp.org
click on tunes..
There's an archive of dance tunes from the last 7 or 8 year's camps.. Take a look
then take a listen to the MP3.. maybe select some "beginner" or intermediate
tunes. there's sheet music here too with chords..
just a few possibilities:
out on the ocean, jig 2008
old favorite, jig 2013
spotted pony, reel 2011
soldiers joy, reel 2011
joys of quebec, reel 2010
lot of this will depend on the band.. there's a million to choose from good luck
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2016 17:19:52 -0700
Subject: [Callers] Need musical advice
I'm posting this to several different callers' lists (ECD,
trad-dance-callers and shared weight) in hopes of some speedy advice.
I'm heading off shortly (Weds. evening, 6/8) for an event that is not a
dance event, but at which I've been asked to lead a short community
dance session on "honky tonk night." The band for this is _not_ a
traditional dance band. They're more of a garage band with bar-band
aspirations. I wrote to them several weeks ago to check in about music,
and when I didn't hear back, wrote again about a week ago. Then again,
and finally heard back right as I was getting ready to leave for the
airport for a weekend gig, from which I've just returned.
Their contact person tells me that sheet music would be useful, which
puts me in the position of trying to figure out a very small assortment
of tunes to send them. We're doing about 1/2 hour of dancing, so at the
most it'll be 3 dances. With 2 jigs and 2 reels I can make this work.
The question is "which ones?" And that's where you all come in. I'm
looking for recommendations for a small assortment of simple, enjoyable
tunes for community dancing. As a non-musican, I have no idea which
tunes are easy to pick up quickly and which aren't, so I'm hoping some
of you can help me out.
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