New England Chestnuts Volumes 1 And 2: Classic New England Contra Music

By Rodney Miller, Randy Miller, Sandy Bradley, George Wilson, Laurie Andres, Steve Woodruff

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“New England Chestnuts Volumes 1 & 2: Classic New England Contra Music”

Rodney Miller - fiddle
Randy Miller - piano
Sandy Bradley - guitar
George Wilson - bass, banjo & fiddle
Steve Woodruff - button accordion - Volume 1
Laurie Andres - piano accordion - Volume 2

Great Meadow Music, 2001 ~ #GMM 2005 (2 CDs)
This is a reissue of two Alcazar LPs released back in 1980 and 81…

“Irish Traditional Fiddle Music” ~ Randy Miller

Book Review Online!

“This new book represents one of the most considered publications of Irish traditional music ever to have been issued.”

Geoff Wallis has just reviewed the new 2nd edition of Miller & Perron’s Irish Traditional Fiddle Music, posted April 7, 2006 in Rod Stradling’s Musical Traditions e-zine. Based in the UK, MusTrad has an online weekly readership of over 11,000.

"Randy Miller has rigorously reviewed the contents…checking that the tunes had been faithfully transcribed and assigning compositional credits to tunes now known to have been recently composed (even going so far as to contact the composers or their descendants for permission to reproduce them ­ if only others were so admirably scrupulous!).

“The tunes themselves are presented with utmost clarity and a special section explains the use of ornamentation.”

Read Geoff’s full review:

“Apart from O’Neill, if there’s one tune book you must include in your collection, this is it! Frankly, it’s the best Irish tune collection issued for many a long year.”

~~ Randy’s fiddle tune books are available online at

“New England Chestnuts Vol. 1”

These were recorded in the early ’80s by Rodney and Randy Miller, along with some other musicians. The two volumes are available as a set from Great Meadow Music. These are classice 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s Northern New England contra dance tunes, and the performances are good. Lots of memories for anyone who danced to Randy, Roddy, Dudley Laufman, Duke Miller, Jack Perron, or any of the other contra callers in the Tri-state (NH-VT-MA) area around that time.

# Posted on March 31st 2006 by rpalmer

“rpalmer” has just resubmitted the two volumes as single issues and as duplications may not survive, so I’m adding his comments here for posterity, and another to follow…

“New England Chestnuts”

If you want to know how tunes are played contradance style in New England, listen to this.

# Posted on April 2nd 2006 by Laitch