Is there any of the band's music you can listen to--e.g., on
their web site, on YouTube, free samples (and modestly-priced
full tracks) on CD Baby, ...? (It seems a bit late in the game
for them to get you a physical CD.) If there is, maybe you can
identify some pieces that would be suitable for your purposes,
though perhaps with some modifications (omitting any lyrics,
adjusting the tempo, eliminating breaks).
And yes, I realize (and you should, too), that bands might
differ in how clearly they would understand details of a request
to modify the arrangement of a tune, in how happy they'd be about
accommodating such a request, and in reliable they'd be about
remembering to play the modified arrangement and not slipping
into their usual version.
On Jun 6, 2016, at 5:19 PM, Kalia Kliban
kalia.kliban(a)gmail.com [trad-dance-callers] <trad-dance-callers(a)yahoogroups.com>
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.