Susan Conger and Friends | Along the River

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Along the River

by Susan Conger and Friends

This joyful and energetic selection of New England tunes, featuring fiddles and piano, will have you dancing around your kitchen.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. McIntyre's/Irish Sweepstakes Piano/The Gale
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2. The New Box/Rolling Home
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3. Valse du Bapteme
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4. Green Apple Quickstep
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5. Mumble/Magyarific
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6. Glass Island/31
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7. Carolina Sunrise
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8. Double Chocolate Insomnia Rag/Clever Hans/100 Years of Mischief
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9. Paradise Polska
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10. Due West/C'mon East
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11. Waiting for Fish
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12. Leaving the Island/Kontny's Yard
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13. Knock on Wood/The Good Host
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14. Oak Leaf Reel/Montague Reel
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15. Playing with Matches
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16. Rainy Night in Montague/The Riddle
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Album Notes
Contradancing is a traditional and lively American folk dance that got its start in New England and in the last few decades has spread across the country. You may never have heard of it, but if you live in the US, somewhere near you on a Friday or Saturday night there are probably folks smiling ear to ear as they dance to great live music.

Along the River offers a sample of what you might hear if you headed out to a contradance in western Massachusetts, regarded by some as the epicenter of contradancing. Four fiddlers, two piano players, and two wind musicians play dance tunes of the Connecticut River Valley on this joyous and energetic recording. Twelve local dance musicians composed the twenty-eight tunes on the disc, which range from driving reels to haunting waltzes. There's even a tune with a ragtime lilt. Playing on the CD are Susan Conger (fiddle), Susie Secco (piano), Timm Triplett (piano, virginal), Van Kaynor (fiddle), David Kaynor (fiddle), David Cantieni (flute), Bill Tomczak (clarinet, dombek), and George Reynolds (fiddle).

"Along the River captures the vibrancy and excitement of the music in the region, as well as the fine musicianship." -Great Meadow Music

"This CD brings these tunes to life. . .This is all great contra dance music. A real treat to hear..." -Fiddler Magazine

"Susan Conger turns out to be an exceptional fiddler, bringing a selection of those tunes to life."
-Green Man Review


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Green Man Review

Conger, an exceptional fiddler, brings these tunes to life.
Along the River is a companion CD to the book of the same name. The book's editor, Susan Conger, turns out to be an exceptional fiddler, bringing a selection of those tunes to life. Many of the tracks are her compostions, but all of the musicians heard on this disc are composers, and have pieces included. I especially like the cuts featuring the paired fiddles of Conger and either Van Kaynor, David Kaynor, or George Reynolds.


Cozy, small town dance music.
Easy listening background music. Good for setting the mood for any given Prairie or Country type gathering.