Shindig in the Barn: By the Book

by Nils Fredland,

A CDSS Pubication

We’re happy to announce the book Shindig in the Barn is now available. While working on editing On the Beat with Ralph Sweet, the seminal collection of Ralph Sweet’s singing squares, Nils Fredland and Pat MacPherson decided that a transcription of Ralph’s calls on the CD Shindig in the Barn would be a great additional tool for aspiring singing square callers. Included are Nils’s word-for-word transcriptions of Ralph’s 12 calls plus Bill Tomczak’s three-part musical arrangements from the CD. The words and music combo make this book an incredible resource for anyone who wants to bring the unique charm of traditional singing squares to their dance community. Dances included are: The Auctioneer, Nelly Bly, Jambalaya, Hello Mary Lou, Golden Slippers, If You Knew Susie, Louisiana Swing, Marianne, I Don’t Know Why, Shindig in the Barn, Oh! Johnny, and Alabama Jubilee.

Shindig in the Barn CD: Recorded live at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield, MA. With Ralph Sweet, Lee Blackwell, David Cantieni, Stuart Kenney, Dave Langford, Ann Percival, Pete Sutherland, and Bill Tomczak. Available from CDSS Sales.


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