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
Who would have thought a big band could play contra music? Lise Brown from Greenfield, MA has brought together a group of outstanding New England musicians made them into a tight team. Three fiddles, horns and rhythm work as a unit. The arrangements are great, danceable, varied and exciting. This is a CD which you will listen to often.
Van Kaynor, Dave Langford, Becky Tracy, Lise Brown, Brian Bender, Adam Scotera, Peter Barnes, Keith Murphy, Corey DiMario
Nat Hewitt is from Nelson, NH where the Nelson Town Hall has hosted contra dances for over 200 years. Lowdown Hoedown is exciting contra music that shows that you don't have to have piano to play good contra. Nat plays fiddle and guitar and with Larry and Sam all on strings, together they make unbelievable music. Larry Unger's tune, Door Country #2, is one of my favorites.
Larry Unger, Nat Hewitt, Ginny Stowe and Sam Bartlett
Elixir blends driving fiddle and guitar with the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section. Elixir performs tightly crafted music drawing on a wide range of styles and evoking a variety of moods. Elegant melodies, Dixieland horn riffs, and playful improvisations combine with traditional and original Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes, all with a solid dance beat.
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Anna Patton, Nils Fredland, Jesse Hazzard-Watkins, Owen Morrison, Will Patton (guest) 2008