Dudley Laufman

Musician and caller Dudley Laufman was the charismatic figure at the center of the dance revival in the late 1960s and 1970s, whose effects can still be seen in today’s vibrant contra dance scene. Ralph Page preserved the traditional dance of New Hampshire’s Monadnock region, but Dudley made it exciting for a new generation. Folks say he saved traditional music and dance. His story is told completely in David Millstone’s documentary, The Other Way Back. Today, Dudley and his wife, Jackie, as Two Fiddles, put emphasis on family and community barn dances in New Hampshire, but their music is Contra.

Canterbury Dance Orchestra

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Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra

The name Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra goes back to 1966. Their music and Dudley Laufman's calling led to the rekindling of the contra music and dance that thrives today. In 1972 they made the first-ever long playing album of New England contra and square dance music. Now, in 2001 we have Canterbury Orchestra on CD. Their sound tells us why the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra became so enormously popular in the late 60's and early 70's. The music is up-beat, earthy, engaging, and above all - happy.

1. Earl of Mansfield
2. Chorus Jig
3. Coleraine
4. Mistwold
5. Starr Label Reel, Ned Kendall
6. Maguinnis's Delight
7. Prince William II
8. Scotch Hornpipe
9. Glenn Towle
10. Reel de Jeunne Marie
11. Madame Bonaparte
12. Farewell to Whiskey, Money Musk
13. Prince William
14. Brisk Young Lads, 2 & 6 Penny Girl
15. Petronella
16. Irish American Reel
17. La Gondeuse
18. Poor Auld Woman
19. Huntsmen's Chorus
20. Petronella with calls
21. Meeting of the Waters

Allan Block - Fred Breunig - Art Bryan - Pete Colby - Larry DeLorier - Charlene Fagelman Morse - Dave Fuller - Nicholas S. Howe - Dudley Laufman - Ted Levin - Bob McQuillen - Vince O'Donnell - Jack Perron - Jack Sloanaker - Dick VanKleeck - Jerry Weene - 2001

Total Time 74 minutes

Where'd You Get Them Great Chunes

twin fidddles and sugar river string band, jig, reels, contra music

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 Twin Fiddles & Sugar River String Band

Reels, hornpipes and a jig. This is marvelous, solid, New England Contra music with Two Fiddles and The Sugar River String Band. Good Dudley chatter in the liner notes. Dudley's rendition of Money Musk is a classic.

1. Gloucestershire Hornpipe
2. Honest John
3. Trumpet Hornpipe
4. Reel à Pitou
5. Reel Joliette
6. Christmas Hornpipe
7. Waltz Quadrille
8. Liberation
9. Money Musk
10. Princess Royal
11. Opera Reel
12. Larry's Waltz

David Dudley & Jacqueline Laufman (Two FIddles)
Jane, Francis, Russell, Sophie and Neil Orzechowski (Sugar River String Band) Larry Seigel 2006

Total Time: 44:33 minutes

Click Here to learn the Dudley story with David Millstone's two hour documentary film: The Other Way Back/Dancing with Dudley

Click Here for Dudley and Jacqueline's book and CD on traditional New England dances, White Mountain Reels

Click here to visit Dudley Laufman's website.

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