Old-Time Country Dances

Most of the tunes we learn to play at Maine Fiddle Camp are from dance traditions: jigs, reels, waltzes, hornpipes.  Every evening at Maine Fiddle Camp you will be offered the opportunity to participate in an old-time country dance.  You can dance, or play in the dance band, ukekestra or great horned owls.  Every dance is taught by the caller so there is no need to be bashful.  The dance band is an all-comers group that plays familiar tunes, all instruments and levels are welcome.  See below for some of the tunes that might be played.  At the end of the dance, there is usually a foxtrot and waltz played by the great horned owls (all brass instrument players welcome) and backed up by the ukekestra, an all-ukulele rhythm section that frequently sports as many as 35, or so, players.  A wonderful group experience!

Here is a non-exhaustive list of dance tunes that might be played at an old-time country dance at Maine Fiddle Camp:


Bonapart Crossing the Rhine
Road To Boston
Down the Brae
March of St. Timothy
Meeting of the Waters
Pete’s March
Jamie Allen
On the Danforth
The Girl I Left Behind Me
Gone A’rovin


Denis Murphy’s
John Ryan’s (DumDum)
Britches Full Of Stitches
Bonnie Tammy
Camptown Races


Ashokan Farewell
Midnight on the Water
Seamus O’Brien


Cold Frosty Morning
Crooked Stovepipe
Edmund Parizeau
Flopeared Mule
Flowers of Edinburgh
Gaspe Reel
Golden Boy
Golden Slippers
Green Mt Petronella
Joys of Quebec
Kitchen Girl
La Bastringue
Liza Jane
L’Oiseau Bleu
Louis Cyr
Old French
Eddie’s Reel
Over the Waterfall
Pays du Haut
Rakes of Mallow
Red-Haired Boy
Reel Semeur
Reel St. Antoine
Seneca Square Dance
Silver and Gold
Soldier’s Joy
St. Anne’s Reel
West Fork Gals
Whiskey Before Breakfast


Aunt May’s Canadian Jig
Fair Jenny
Hundred Pipers
Indian Point
Jefferson and Liberty (The Gobby-O)
Jimmy’s Favorite
Kerfunken Jig
Kesh Jig
Little Burnt Potato
Maison de Glace
Moon and Seven Stars
My Darling Asleep
Out On The Ocean
Road to Lisdoonvarna
Steamboat Quickstep
Gigue des Sucres
Swallow Tail
Off She Goes
Old Favorite
Morrison’s Jig
Cock of the North
Star Above the Garter
Spotted Pony
Teviot Bridge