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Grand Square - Bob Dalsemer - Maryland Line 6

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Grand Square - Bob Dalsemer - Maryland Line 6


Grand Square was always danced at Maryland Line to one part of the polka tune Bye, Bye My Baby. The late Bob Osgood, publisher of Sets in Order magazine, recorded "Grand Square Quadrille" to a more complete version of the same tune.

At the Dare To Be Square dance weekend, Bob Dalsemer led a workshop on "Dances of Maryland Line," a small town in northern Maryland that he visited often in the 1970s. Attentive viewers will note a distinctive style of promenade, a one-step around the square that was typical of Maryland Line dances in the early to mid-1970's. By the late 1970's that local style of promenade was already less prevalent due to the influx of dancers from other local traditions.

This session was recorded on November 19, 2011, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC, with additional support provided by Country Dance and Song Society. (Among other things, CDSS paid for the videography, by John-Michael Seng-Wheeler.)

Musicians for this session were: Larry Edelman and Steve Hickman, fiddles; Jim Morrison, guitar; Claudio Buchwald, piano; Sam Bartlett, banjo, joined on some numbers by Phil Jamison on banjo. The tune is "Bye Bye My Baby."

The event brought together six well-known callers and 70 square dance enthusiasts to explore many different styles of squares, including both traditional and modern.



Nov. 19, 2011


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