Sylvia Miskoe’s eighty-three comments

  • Re: Portland Collection Poll

    A little history of contra dance music:In the 50's and 60's when I was first playing the norm was one tune per dance. That meant for 15 dances you used 15 tunes. The next week it was the same. Now the norm is to medley 3 or 4 tunes per dance, and the n... more…

  • Re: Livening up a Contradance

    Another good book is the New England Fiddler's Repertoire edited by Randy Miller. Include jigs in your list. They are wonderful for dancing but they can be hard to play to get the right feel. Charlie Hunter and Maggie Brown's Favorite will lift the dan... more…

  • Re: Irene Goodnight

    I don't believe Pete Seeger wrote it but he made it popular. more…

  • Re: Saint Anne’s

    The French Canadian versions I have heard all used the plain vanilla I IV V chords. No minor chords. more…

  • Re: The Coleraine

    I've always seen the title as 'Coleraine'. No 'the' more…

  • Re: Jack Broke Da Prison Door

    Dave Kaynor is the fiddler in the first set of little reels. Sadly he is afflicted by ALS and has lost his ability speak normally. more…

  • Re: Barrowburn

    It's a wonderful ending tune. The B goes up, the tension builds, you can add an 'A' drone, play with the chords, put in a minor . It has been embraced by the contra dance musicians in the US. The composer is/was Addie Harper. more…

  • Re: Miss Campbell’s

    I know another Miss Campbell by Gideon Stove, Shetland. more…

  • Re: The Road To The Isles

    It is also a well known couple dance and the snaps make the steps fit properly. You can play it in D, the move up to G and finally to A for variety. more…

  • Re: Da Guizer’s

    Gideon Stove was a Shetland fiddler. At First Day, Jan 1, the village men would dress in black face and go out asking for treats. They were called Guizers. It was introduced to the contra dancers by Scottish musicians and has become a popular dance tun... more…