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MissouriMud American Contra Dance Band CDs (45) RE: American Contra Dance Band CDs 07 Dec 05

As mentioned a few times above one of the main problem with using many of the recordings of contra-dance style music for an actual Contra dance is tune length.   I'm sure there must be recordings with tunes in the 8 minute range, but most bands that play that style of music dont record at anything close to that length - more typically under 3 minutes a tune. One recording I am aware of that, while not up to the 8 minute level, at least has longer cuts than ususal is put out by an Ozark (Missouri-Arkansas) oriented group called "Chicks with Guns" - I think the cd is currently being marketed on their web site ( under the title Still Life - although it has also been marketed as "Barn Dance" under the band's former alter ego, Ozark Traditions. The musicians (Billy Matthews on fiddle, Barbara Weathers on guitar and Tom Hall on clawhammer banjo) are gifted and well steeped in the genre having learned from some of the true old timers. The recording quality may not be perfect but the tunes really kick. The cuts, many of which are medleys(such as Illinois Ricketts/Fishers/Durang's Hornpipes), are mostly square/contra danceable and tend to be in the 4-5 minute length - still short for a fullsize Contra but closer than a lot of the other recordings around.   The web site has ordering instructions for cd via email.   The site also has some samples of the cuts.

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