This is an award winning 30 minute documentary film that tells the story of contra music and dance, from when it first appeared in this country. It describes the contributions of people like Ralph Page, Dudley Laufman, Bob McQuillen and Henry Ford. Backed with music by Airdance, Rodney Miller describes his career as a leading contributor to the modern Contra scene.
Two CD Set -
Rodney Miller, Randy Miller, Sandy Bradley, George Wilson, Steve Woodruff 1980
Rodney Miller, Randy Miller, Sandy Bradley, George Wilson, Laurie Andres 1981
This is "sampler" of Contra music, with cuts from Great Meadow's first eleven releases featuring New Enlands's best Contra muscians and bands. Included are Rodney Miller, Bob McQuillen, Airdance, Wild Asparagus, The moving Violations and others.
CD - $5
$35 for 10 CDs
Canterbury Dance Orchestra
CD - $15
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.
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
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.
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
Bob McQuillen, legendary piano player teams up with Jane Orzechowski on fiddle and Deanna Stiles on flute to produce great New England Contra music. Their combined history of playing Contra music exceeds a hundred and ten years! They've honed their skills, for sure, but it's their sensitivity, caring, intelligence and high spirits which make this music so wonderful.
Bob McQuillen, Jane McBride Orzechowski, Deanna Stiles, 1996
This CD presents the “core repertoire” of New England contra dance music. It was recorded at the Maine Fiddle Camp in Montville, Maine in 2007. It includes wonderful renditions of 53 great contra melodies, not the least of which is Bob McQuillen’s magical waltz, “Amelia.” The liner notes give good background of the music.
George Fowler, Surya Mitchell, Art Bryan, Fred White, 2007
Here is a collection of fun music from Maine. We normally don’t sell CDs that have vocals, but this CD is a worthy exception. The Old Grey Goose is dedicated to collecting and preserving traditional dance music and songs from Maine and neighboring Canadian provinces.
Jeff McKeen, Doug Protsik, Carter Newell and special guest Everett “Andy” Anderson, 2007
Dick Richardson was a country dancing master, fiddler and prompter in Vermont and the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire from 1903 to 1970. Ralph Page's real rise started when he began calling with the Dick Richardson Orchestra. Dudley Laufman described Dick Richardson's style of fiddling as "close to the floor." He was not a violinist. He played for country dances and his music had a strong rhythmic drive. Over his sixty-five year career, he was a mentor to many; Ralph Page, Dudley Laufman, Bob McQuillen, Duke Miller, Gene Gowing, Jimmy Baldwin and others.
Collector's CD - $25
Dick Richardson, Russell Allan, Dick Jr., Johnny Trombley with caller Jimmy Baldwin
For those who are interested in the history of Contra music, this book is a fine introduction. The Monadnock Region is credited for keeping the tradition of old time fiddle and dance alive. We are thankful that fiddlers like Dick Richardson kept the tradition alive.
The book tells the story of Dick Richardson's life and gives you a feel for the era as well as how the music and dance traditions have been passed on to future generations.