Rodney Miller is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling. Over the past thirty years Miller has toured the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Australia and Denmark and he has recorded over ten albums. Rodney Miller recordings, Castles in the Air, Airplang and New England Chestnuts have become classics for fiddlers worldwide and many of his original compositions have gone on to become fiddle tune standards. In l983, Rodney was designated a "Master Fiddler" by the National Endowment for the Arts. "Rodney's playing is always sweetly melodic, textural, resonant, exciting and adventuresome." Scott Alarik, Boston Globe Music Critic
Airdance recalls the musical explosion of Rodney Miller's original Airplang albums which inspired the New England contra music revolution. Celtic, traditional and even jazz tunes flower on strong contra dance roots, and reflect the continuing vitality and vibrancy of the New England contra scene. Rodney's famous fiddle is featured, but each member of the band has time in the spotlight. Each musician is New England's finest on his or her instrument. The fusion of these talents creates musical magic.
Rodney Miller, Mary Cay Brass, Stuart Kenney, David Surette and Sam Zucchini 2000
Total Time 63:42
The evolution continues! Here's the 1987 sequel to Airplang by Rodney Miller and friends. Three stellar musicians, Rodney Miller- fiddle, Peter Barnes- piano and John McGann- guitar continue to advance the contra genre. There are lots of traditional tunes here but traditional doesn't necessarily mean old fashioned. Their music is highly creative without being gimmicky and it stays true to the roots of the dance. This powerful and expressive music takes you on an adventure to which you will return to time and again. The Randy Miller tune, Tour of Scottland is a knockout!
Rodney Miller, Peter Barnes, John McGann, 2000
Total Time 43:44
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Rodney Miller , Mary Cay Brass, Stuart Kenney,
David Surette, Mark Packard, Sam Zucchini 2006
Total time: 52:36
What to say about the second release by Airdance other than FABULOUS. The band has pulled out all the stops and are flying. They have had three successful years touring across America and Canada and played the prestigious Sidmouth Festival in Britain. Airdance continues to explore the richness and diversity of New England dance music. Britain's Folk Roots magazine lauded their first release saying, "It's extremely rare to find a band that can make dance music so great to listen to without losing some danceability, and this lot succeed wonderfully."
Rodney Miller - Mary Cay Brass - David Surette - Stuart Kenney -Sam Zucchini - Marko Packard 2003
Total Time 58:25
Rodney Miller's Greasy Coat continues in the style of the ground breaking Airplang and Airplang II recordings. It represents the meeting of old and new Contra dance, of urban and rural styles , and of traditional and modern instrumentation. Joined by outstanding West Coast musicians, Rodney shows that exciting Contra music isn't limited to the hills of New England. Enjoy the juxtaposition of the classic Chorus Jig with the modern Chorus Jive and the VERY exciting American Polka. The liner notes were written by the nationally known caller, Mary DesRosiers.
Rodney Miller, Paul Kotapish, Daniel Steinberg, David Cahn, 1990
Total Time 43:39
After 20 years of collective listening, the consensus has emerged that these recordings are the definitive musical statements of these "classic" traditional New England Contra tunes. The two CD's are recommended listening for musicians, callers, and listeners interested in hearing the music that has had America dancing since colonial times. The liner notes contain a wealth of information about New England Contra music and dance. Here is the sound of classic New England Contra music at its best.
Total time 42:15
Rodney Miller, Randy Miller, Sandy Bradley, George Wilson, Steve Woodruff 1980
Total Time: 42:44
Rodney Miller, Randy Miller, Sandy Bradley, George Wilson, Laurie Andres 1981
The music of Rodney Miller and David Surette radiates the joy of the New England Contra scene. Many tunes are of Celtic origin, but Rodney and David imbue them all with a special New England flair. Their stellar musicianship ranks them as leading interpreters of traditional and modern New England dance melodies. New Leaf demonstrates that they are in the vanguard of the New England Contra music evolution.
Rodney Miller, David Surette, 2000
Total Time 56:11
Pure Quill is an old New England expression meaning "the genuine article...the real thing." Here you have it with Rodney Miller, New England's foremost fiddler teamed with Bob McQuillen, legendary Contra piano player and composer of over 1000 contra tunes. This recording captures the two as they might sound at the Peterborough, N.H. Town House on Contra dance night. All that's missing is the merry clop of a few hundred feet. For McQuillen and Miller both, the secret to Contra's continued vibrancy is that the future and the past are not adversaries, but fellow travelers. And the dance itself remains their greatest teacher.
Rodney Miller, Bob McQuillen, 2000Pure Quill is on Yankee Magazines' "Top Forty New England CDs" list
Total Time 51:07
This CD, originally released in 1985, is pivotal in the evolution of New England contra music. It marked the departure from purely traditional NE dance music to "evolved" contra. These superb musicians display the creativity, vibrancy and excitement of this musical genre.
Rodney Miller, Russ Barenberg, Peter Barnes, Molly Mason and Tim Jackson, 1997
Total Time 49:55
East meets West on All Round Collection. Bill Meyers - electric guitar from California, David Cahn- Electric bass from Washington state and Rodney Miller - fiddle from New Hampshire have created a masterpiece. It helps that these three are superb musicians but their collaboration is more than just great musicianship. Their tune choices and the sensitivity of their playing is what makes this CD so wonderful. The beautiful Waltz for Jane is here along with the tremendously exciting Modern Times / Wizard's Walk. The traditional Quebecois set of Mouth of the Tobique/Jacques Cartier/The Parry Sound is very happy, and you will be too.
Rodney Miller, Bill Meyers, David Cahn, 1997
Total Time 42:02