Farewell to the Hollow was recorded in 1988 by New England Tradition. This recording featuring Bob McQuillen (piano), April Limber (fiddle) and Pete Colby (banjo and autoharp) is a classic and has lost none of its magic with time. Colby's banjo is renowned. New England Tradition was formed in 1978 to continue the rural contra dance tradition of southern New Hampshire. Their repertoire reflects the diverse cultural heritage of the region: French-Canadian, Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton and English tune all make a contribution. Peter Barnes summed up their music: "In New England Tradition you have the best distillation of the fun, drive, and excitement of this region's traditional dance music that I can imagine. I promise you enjoyable listening!" This music has passed the test of time with flying colors.
Bob McQuillen, Peter Colby, April Limber, Sarah Bauhan 1991
Total Time 51:50
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
Number two CD from Old New England is destined to become a classic of traditional New England Contra dance music. Bob, Deanna and Jane have chosen some of their best loved tunes to play, many of them written by Bob. There are some stellar cuts here. Jane's Waltz and She Passed by Gently are truly lovely. They finish up with three tunes from the Quebecois tradition - La Tadoussac, Quadrille Francis, and Bastringe. Its a great finish. You don't want to miss this one.
Bob McQuillen, Deanna Stiles, Jane Orzechowski
Old New England has a new CD, their third,
called ONE:III of course. Here is a blurb from Mary DesRosiers' liner notes.
"The members of Old New England have come by their music in the old way. They have learned it from other musicians in that unbroken chain which stretches back to the British Isles, France and beyond. Through their passion for keeping the old alive, as well as adding new ones that "fit" our dance tradition, they have themselves become a precious link in that chain. I defy anyone to listen to this music and not feel the urge to get up and dance: that's what it's about.
Bob McQuillen, Jane Orzechowski, Deanna Stiles, 2005
Here is another of Bob's and Old New England's wonderful series of traditional New England contra dance tune CDs. Bob tells us "It's the best yet!" Need we say more?Cuts are:
Bob McQuillen, Jane Orzechowski, Deanna Stiles, 2009
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.
Pure Quill is on Yankee Magazines' "Top Forty New England CDs" list
Rodney Miller, Bob McQuillen, 2000
Total Time 51:67
Here is a delightful collection Bob McQuillen tunes. Bob is joined on the recording by Seattle friends Laurie Andres on accordion and Cathy Whitesides on fiddle.
- Father Charlie’s/ Frankie’s Tune
- Tony’s Quadrille/ Priscilla’s Jig
- Anne’s Waltz
- John Krumm’s Hornpipe/ Tolman’s Reel
- Rappaport’s Jig/ Dick Nevell’s Jig
- Bannerman’s Quadrille/ Mike’s March
- Argo’s Reel/ Tracey Sherry’s Reel
- Lydia’s Waltz
- Kathy’s Jig/ Lilac Lady
- Dale’s Hornpipe/ Segal’s Flight/ Corey’s Reel
- Brynne Marie
- Roger’s Reel/ Culhane’s Hornpipe
- Lia’s Jig/ Hank’s Mother/ It’s C-C0Cold Out!
- Olde Tyme Quadrille/ J.B.Milne
- Sandy’s Waltz/ Cathie’s Waltz
Bob McQuillen, Laurie Andres & Cathy Whitesides
Here is more great traditional contra music from Bob McQuillen, playing with his friends on the West Coast.
Bob McQuillen, Cathy Whitesides, Laurie Andres, W.B. Reid, 2008