A Portland Selection 2: Contra Dance Music In The Pacific Northwest

By George Penk, Clyde Curley, Susan Songer, Creighton Lindsay

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  1. The Pigeon On The Gate
    The Derry
    MacArthur Road
  2. The Lads Of Dunse
    The Golden Legs
  3. Reel De La Sauvagine
  4. Le Tourment
    La Maison De Glace
    Early In The Year
  5. Le 24 Juin
  6. Black Jack Grove
    Shady Grove
  7. The Cincinnati Rag
    Stone’s Rag
  8. The Carraroe
    Sergeant Early’s Dream
  9. MacLeod’s Farewell
  10. Miss Gayton’s
    Jacky Tar
    Miss Thompson’s
  11. Lost Everything
    Last Chance
  12. The Green Apple Quickstep
    Belknap’s March
    Multnomah March
  13. Mad River
    Lake Erie
    Hey Little Girl, Do What I Tell You
  14. The Flowers Of Autumn
  15. The White Petticoat
  16. Hole In The Hedge
    The Mist-Covered Mountain
    Munster Buttermilk
  17. Camp Meeting On The Fourth Of July
    Grey Eagle
    Walk Up Georgia Row
  18. Reprise

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“A Portland Selection 2: Contra Dance Music In The Pacific Northwest”

George Penk - fiddle
Clyde Curley - mandolin, octave mandolin, 4-string banjo
Susan Songer - piano

with guest musician,
Creighton Lindsay - guitar

The Portland Collection

"This recording is a companion CD for the tune book, The Portland Collection: Contra Dance Music in the Pacific Northwest, Volume 2. Musicians George Penk, Clyde Curley, and Sue Songer, have played for contra dances in Portland and throughout the Northwest for decades. On this recording, they bring the music from the pages of The Portland Collection, Volume 2 to life with rhythms and stylings that pop out while playing for dances—nuances of music that are difficult to convey in the pages of a tune book. The tunes on the recording are a cross section of the tunes in the book and represent the different genres and sources of contra dance music. There is a mix of both traditional and recently composed tunes as well as popular standards and tunes that have not been recorded before. Most of the music on the recording is arranged in dance-type medleys and played at dance speed. However, some of the tracks are played slowly with broader variation than is possible at dances and may suggest ways of approaching the music outside a contra dance setting."

"A Portland Play Along Selection: 97 Contra Dance Tunes for Listening and Learning" 2 CDs

Betsy Branch - fiddle
Clyde Curley - mandolin, 4-string banjo, fiddle, guitar
Susan Songer - piano