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Old-Time New England Fiddling, Contra & Square Dancing, & Related Traditions

This is the home page that unifies a few partially independent web sites: the New England Fiddling web site, the New England Contra & Square Dance web site (not yet online) and the Star Hampshire Traditional Music & Dance Weekend web site. Here is a brief summary of what you can expect to find in these web sites; there will be more detail on the home page of each one. I've also included contact information in case you have comments on any of the material, or if you find any mistakes or broken/incorrect links.

Look for the Following at NH Country Dance

  • The New England Fiddling Home Page
    • With descriptions and links to the other Fiddle Web Site sections.
  • Fiddle Tunes of New England, Canada, the Scandinavian Countries
    • Over 350 fiddle tunes in abc notation and in PDF format. For some tunes I present a few different versions and very detailed transcriptions of particular performances of the tune.
  • Using abc Notation and abc Links
    • Explanations of the use of abc notation, some material on how it works, and links to web sites containing further information.
  • Learning Music by Ear & from Written Music , and How They Can Work Together
    • Learning by ear and from written music are very different methods and produce very different results. There are advantages and disadvantages to each. We look at these differences, and at ways of combining them productively.
  • About Fiddle Music
    • This section will eventually contain various topics related to fiddle music and fiddling. The first topic looks at developing accompaniments for fiddle tunes.
  • Coming: Contra & Square Dancing
    • This will look at New England contra and square dancing, with an emphasis on traditional dances and dancing, including some of the older dances from the revival that have become modern dance chestnuts. Eventually this will become a partially independent web site.
    • Two sections of this web site are already available. The Star Hampshire web site is fully operational. There is a web site for the Lamprey River Band that is for the purpose of keeping people informed as we close down the Dover dance and restart it in Durham.

About this Web Site

This is the Home Page for the NH Country Dance web site. The web site is divided into two semi-independent sections. One is concerned primarily with fiddling and fiddle tunes; the other primarily with New England contras and squares. Obviously there is overlap. This is the common page that unites the two sites.

It is run by Peter Yarensky, fiddler, hammered dulcimer player, piano player, contra and square dance caller and dancer from Seacoast New Hampshire, now living in Newmarket.

In previous incarnations it included the Seacoast Country Dance Newsletter and web sites for the Star Hampshire and Ralph Page Weekends. For now it will be more limited in scope.

Contact Me

I invite you to contact me if you find any errors, broken links, if you have something of interest to tell me or if you have a question.  If you want to reach me you can reach me at peter dot yarensky at unh dot edu.

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Old-Time New England Fiddle & Dance, & Related Traditions