New River Train


New River Train


Northern / Singing


Nils Fredland calls a singing square set to this well-known bluegrass song. The dance comes from the repertoire of Keith Blackmon, a square dance caller in the Twin Tiers region of southwest New York and northwest Pennsylvania. Blackmon began collecting and calling square dances at age 14, and continued until his death at age 84. Over his 70-year calling career, he amassed an enormous collection of square dance calls.

Nils had a chance to meet Keith late in his life, and learn about his repertoire; those meetings provided the foundation for the Country Dance and Song Society publication, New River Train: Singing Squares from the Collection of Keith Blackmon.

Recorded for the Square Dance History Project, January 19, 2013, at the annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend in Durham, NH. Musicians are Eden MacAdam Somer (fiddle) and Larry Unger (banjo).


Keith Blackmon / Nils Fredland

Date Created

January 19, 2013


David Millstone

Spatial Coverage

USA, New Hampshire, Durham

Temporal Coverage

2000 -

Item Relations

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