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25
May
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 11:08 pm

Thanks to an amateur tape recording we can once again hear  an example of  why  Ed Gilmore  was so popular in the early years of  Western Square Dancing.
In  the first dance Ed  has  alerted that one more couple was needed in a square.....  then he starts the music and again  calls for one more couple...........and with out a pause  launches into the first dance. He doesnt  keep the floor standing for one stray couple.....  get up and dance thats what your here for.
Ive also called attention to some other traits  in my podcast introduction that will be of interest.
For the technically minded the info on the box  indicates a Pentron recorder, 3.75 ips mono  track  recording on Scotch 111A  acetate recording tape. Surprising quality recovered from a tape  55 years old.
Yours to enjoy, a dance tip with Ed Gilmore 

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17
May

Born Morris Wayne on Aug 7, 1915, in Carmi, IL, "Sleepy" Marlin took up the fiddle at age 12 and won his first fiddlers' contest at age 18. He was an international champion fiddler, winning 17 championships in the U.S. and Canada during his 52-year career.. He continued performing with his six sons and daughter until he retired in 1988. He died Jan. 20, 2011 in Jeffersonville, IN at 95.
With the overwhelming response to the first Kentucky Hoedown, here's an encore.
Eighth of January, again featuring Sleepy Marlin.
Don Ward

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16
May
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 11:27 pm

Here's another dance from The Country Dance Society of America, "Hole in the Wall".
Dance instructions are available on line.
The Pinewood Players are directed by Phil Merrill.
I do not have the rights to the music  therefore  how you use the music is at your disgression.
Don Ward

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16
May
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 11:23 pm
Long ways set, dancing is light springy steps. This comes by way of the  Country Dance Society music played by Phil Merrill.
Instructions for the dance can be found on line.
I do not have the rights to the music  therefore  how you use the music is at your disgression.
Don Ward
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16
May

This later version of Windsor's Alabama Jubilee wasn't a remix of the CX103. This 7144/4144 version is a totally different recording from the original 12" 78rpm version.
You'll have to decide which you like better.
Windsor 7144/4144 Key Aflat, 130bbm.
Feel free to use or archive this recording
Don Ward

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16
May
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 1:05 pm

One of the early favorites of MWSD was Alabama Jubilee. Almost every record company published  their own version.
However Windsor records issued 2 versions. The first was  a 12" 78rpm recording that doesn't even show up in record listings, #CX103 music by Doc Alumbaughs Sundowners band, which is played here.
Another is on Windsor 7144/4144, again with the "Sundownders Band" with a totally different sound. Ill post both.
Feel free to use or archive this recording.
Don Ward

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16
May

Its a whirlwind by way of Richard "Rickey" Holden, known for his hot driving square dance calling. His figure, "Texas Whirlwind" kept all the dancers busy with less than a dozen movements.
MWSD'rs if you want a challenge, give this a recording a try and you'll  find out how it was dancing in the 1960s.  Keep in mind there is nothing more than; 4 men left and right star, right hand lady, partner, left hand lady arm turns and back to 4 men right hand star...........  thats it, nothing complicated!....  now dance it.
Please feel free to add this to your archive of dance recordings.
don ward

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15
May
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 1:48 pm

Check out this fiddling ! Talk about hot !!!!  
This is Sleepy Marlin on fiddle and there's nothing sleepy about his style.
Recorded in key of A, tempo 144, ABCC
This recording is by Frank Kaltman on his Folkraft Record label, circa early 1950s.
Organizations are welcome to  download this file  for their archives. Callers are invited to use it.
Don Ward, 5/14

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13
Mar
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 11:35 pm

This is from a series of Canadian Victor recordings by George Wade and his Cornhuskers.
The Old time reels, are; Flowers of Edinburgh, Ricketts Hornpipe, Money Musk
The source is RCA Victor,Canada  #216580

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13
Mar
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 11:32 pm

This is from a series of Canadian Victor recordings by George Wade and his Cornhuskers.
This medley of reels consists of;  Clog Dance, Honey Moon, Speed the Plow
The source is RCA Victor,Canada  #216576

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