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Auctioneer - Ralph Sweet

Recorded at the Greenfield, MA, Grange Hall on June 27, 2010. The event was sponsored by Country Dance and Song Society to celebrate the publication of "On the Beat with Ralph Sweet." This dance is one of Ralph's signature numbers, and directions and music are in his book, available from CDSS store.The musicians are the band Elixir (Ethan…

Auctioneer - Ralph Sweet

This is the opening of Ralph Sweet calling his version of Marshall Flippo's classic singing square, Auctioneer. Ralph is calling a basic goal post pattern; compare other versions of the dance and read a full description here. The musicians are the band Swallowtail. Recorded January 15, 2000, at the annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend, Durham,…

Auctioneer (description and history)

The Auctioneer by David Millstone July, 2012 The Auctioneer is Ralph Sweet's signature number, and the dance has a storied history before him. The Auctioneer song was a 1956 hit, selling 2.5 million copies for for Leroy Van Dyke and catapaulting him to country music fame. (Here he is singing it on a 1962 television show.) Two years later,…

Deep in the Heart of Texas - Ralph Sweet

Recorded January 23, 2011, at the Powder Mill Barn, Hazardville, CT. The clip starts with a walkthrough, followed by the dance. This footage was recorded as part of a three-camera shoot for a proposed television series, "Barn Dance!"

Musicians are Peter Barnes, piano, and Dave Langford, fiddle.

Golden Slippers - Ralph Sweet

Recorded at the February 2, 2004, at the Guiding Star Grange, Greenfield, MA, on the occasion of recording "Shindig in the Barn," an album of singing squares. Musicians are the Ralph Sweet All-Stars: Dave Langford, fiddle; Ann Percival, guitar and backup vocals; Pete Sutherland, piano; Lee Blackwell, drums; Stuart Kenney, bass; Bill Tomczak and…

Hello, Mary Lou - Ralph Sweet

Recorded at the February 2, 2004, at the Guiding Star Grange, Greenfield, MA, on the occasion of recording "Shindig in the Barn," an album of singing squares. Musicians are the Ralph Sweet All-Stars: Dave Langford, fiddle; Ann Percival, guitar and backup vocals; Pete Sutherland, piano; Lee Blackwell, drums; Stuart Kenney, bass; Bill Tomczak and…

If You Knew Susie - Ralph Sweet

Recorded August 1, 2010, at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Burlington, Vermont, during a workshop on singing squares led by caller Ralph Sweet.

Musicians are Thal Aylward, fiddle; Will Patton, mandolin; Dono Schabner, guitar

If You Knew Susie - Ralph Sweet

Recorded at the February 2, 2004, at the Guiding Star Grange, Greenfield, MA, on the occasion of recording "Shindig in the Barn," an album of singing squares. Musicians are the Ralph Sweet All-Stars: Dave Langford, fiddle; Ann Percival, guitar and backup vocals; Pete Sutherland, piano; Lee Blackwell, drums; Stuart Kenney, bass; Bill Tomczak and…

Irving Andert program, 1948

From his earliest days as a dancer, Connecticut caller Ralph Sweet kept a notebook of the programs he encountered at dances he visited. Here is his record of a dance called by Irving Andert at the Echo Grange, Mansfield Center, CT, in 1948. The program of dances is the left-hand page, with some of Andert's patter on the right side.

Kansas City - Ralph Sweet

Ralph Sweet, caller. This singing square, done to a 12-bar blues instead of the usual AABB structure of a traditional fiddle tune, was recorded live in 1964.

Little Red Wagon - Nils Fredland

Recorded at the Greenfield, MA, Grange Hall on June 27, 2010. The event was sponsored by Country Dance and Song Society to celebrate the publication of "On the Beat with Ralph Sweet."

Nils Fredland, caller; the dance was created by Lee Helsel, and words and music are in Ralph Sweet's new book, available from CDSS:…

Louisiana Swing (clip) - Ralph Sweet

Singing square: this clip contains once through the figure and the break, which contains a Grand Square. Recorded at the February 2, 2004, at the Guiding Star Grange, Greenfield, MA, on the occasion of recording an album of singing squares. Musicians are the Ralph Sweet All-Stars: Dave Langford, fiddle; Ann Percival, guitar and backup vocals;…

Marianne - Tony Parkes

Recorded at the Greenfield, MA, Grange Hall on June 27, 2010. The event was sponsored by Country Dance and Song Society to celebrate the publication of "On the Beat with Ralph Sweet."In his introduction, caller Tony Parkes mentioned that this dance, created by the great New England caller Dick Leger, was "the surprise hit" of the 1957 National…

Nellie Bly - Ralph Sweet

Recorded at the February 2, 2004, at the Guiding Star Grange, Greenfield, MA, on the occasion of recording "Shindig in the Barn," an album of singing squares. Musicians are the Ralph Sweet All-Stars: Dave Langford, fiddle; Ann Percival, guitar and backup vocals; Pete Sutherland, piano; Lee Blackwell, drums; Stuart Kenney, bass; Bill Tomczak and…

Ralph Sweet - photo

For a detailed personal history of his involvement in traditional and modern square dance, see Ralph's 2005 presentation to NECCA (New England Council of Callers Association).

Ralph Sweet - Sally Goodin

Recorded at the Greenfield, MA, Grange Hall on June 27, 2010. The event was sponsored by Country Dance and Song Society to celebrate the publication of "On the Beat with Ralph Sweet."

Ralph Sweet, caller; this dance takes its name from the traditional southern Appalachian fiddle tune; there are many variations. Directions for this version are…

Ralph Sweet - Wagon Wheel

Recorded at the Greenfield, MA, Grange Hall on June 27, 2010. The event was sponsored by Country Dance and Song Society to celebrate the publication of "On the Beat with Ralph Sweet."

Ralph Sweet, caller; directions for this patter call are in Ralph's book.

The musicians are the band Elixir (Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, fiddle; Jesse…