Snake River reel

There is 1 recording of a tune by this name.

Snake River has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Snake River
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: fg | "D" a2 a2 fedf | "A" efed "G" B2 AB | "D" d2 d2 fede | "D" fa-af a2 fg |
"D" a2 a2 fedf | "A" efed "G" B2 AB | "D" d2 d2 "G" BAFE | "D" D6 :|
|: AB | "C" =c2 =cA "G" B2 BG | "D" A2 AB AFDA | "C" =c2 =cA "G" B2 AG | "D" A2 d4 AB |
"C" =c2 =cA "G" B2 BG | "D" A2 AB AF D2 | " D" A,DDE "G" FD E2 | "D" D6 :|

Four comments

Snake River

An old-timey reel.

Regardless of idiom, I just love those tunes that change mode whilst keeping the the same tonal centre. This one begins in D-Maj, then switches to D-Mix in the second part.

The original was composed by musician and dance caller Peter Lippincott (formerly of St. Louis, now living in Arkansas).

My abc transcription (with chords) is loosely based on various interpretations of the tune that I’ve heard - there are many!

A nice rendering here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvUFe3Zrg04


Another nice rendering here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbT1pX4-l9w


See also:
https://thesession.org/discussions/32484

Snake River Reel - the dance

Thanks for the info, mrkelahan.

I’ve just found the intructions for the contra:

Snake River Reel
By Peter Lippincott

Improper longways

A1
Ladies go forward to the centre for a wave and balance as the ladies fall back the men go in and balance

A2
Men allemande left 3/4 to an ocean wave, all balance allemande right neighbour to a wave with ladies in the centre, all balance

B1
In the direction you face all promenade up/down, turn and come back

B2
Balance and swing original neighbour

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