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Brasstown Callers

The six callers at Dare To Be Square, Brasstown, NC, 2011. They are also consultants to this Square Dance History Project. From left to right: Phil Jamison, Bill Litchman, Larry Edelman, Tony Parkes, Bob Dalsemer, and Jim Mayo

Bill Litchman

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Bob Dalsemer

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Jim Mayo

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Larry Edelman

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Phil Jamison

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Tony Parkes

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Duke Miller - Crooked Stovepipe

Duke Miller, caller. Recorded live at the Peterborough Golf Club, August 20, 1965. This dance was a staple of Ralph Page's repertoire as well, which he borrowed from French-Canadian music. Caller Dudley Laufman says that it was also the first dance he learned to call.

Redwing - Dip and Dive - Ed Durlacher

Ed Durlacher, caller. The tune is Redwing.

Durlacher's vocal style is distinctive. Recorded in 1941, with music by Al MacLeod's Country Dance Band.

Chase the Rabbit - Ed Gilmore

Ed Gilmore, caller. Gilmore was from California, but demonstrates here his familiarity with traditional Southern Appalachian style patter.

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.

Lady Be Good - Ed Gilmore

Ed Gilmore, caller, taking the song by George and Ira Gershwin and turning it into a singing square.