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To help you find the type of contra dance music you like, the CDs have been grouped into catagories. These groupings are subjective and based soley on my opinions. Some CDs are a mix of more than one flavor, so they appear in multiple groups. The CDs in a category are in random order.

Contra Music Flavors

Progressive
Irish
Old Timey
Québecois
New England
English Country
Swingy
Softer Side of Contra
Folksy

Other Contra CD Groups

CD's to dance to
Live Recordings
Vocals
Hammered Dulcimer
Waltz CD's
New Hampshire Fiddles

listing updated Thursday, March 15, 2012. 89 CD titles listed.

Softer Side of Contra
Good CDs for the morning after a Dawn Dance
Contratopia
Smitten
David Surette
Back Roads
David Surette
Trip to Kemper
The Elftones
Elftones
Jeremiah McLane
Smile When You're Ready
Jeremiah McLane
Freetown
Childsplay
The Great Waltz
Childsplay
Childsplay Live
Tricky Brits/Bag O'Tricks
Tricky Brits/Bag O'Tricks
Tom MacKenzie
Wake Me When It's Over
Top

New Hampshire Fiddlers
Southern New Hampshire has produced more than its share of great callers and musicians, so they get their own section. Must be something in the water.
Miller and Morse
Grapevine
Nat Hewitt
Nat Hewitt
Rodney Miller
All-Round Collection
Airdance
Flying on Home
Rodney Miller
Airplang
Rodney Miller
Airplang II
Rodney Miller
Airdance
Miller and Surette
New Leaf
Miller and McQuillen
Pure Quill
Rodney and Randy Miller
New England Chestnuts
Rodney Miller
Greasy Coat
Rodney and Randy Miller
Castles in the Air
Ryan Thomson
Newmarket Duets
Top

Old Timey
Some of these bands show a little Old-Time influence, while others cross right over
The Barn Owl Band
Dance Owl Night
The Barn Owl Band
Barn Owls Live
The Barn Owl Band
Cloud Forest
Carnival Knowledge
A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing
Lynn "Chirps" Smith
Midwestern Harvest
Contratopia
Hands Four
Hotpoint Stringband
The Road to Burhania
Hilarie Burhans
Put on The Skillet
Hotpoint
Hotpoint Special
Ill-Mo Boys
Laugh and Grow Fat
Phantom Power
Phantom Power
Michael Mendelson
A Fiddler's Notebook
The Magic Truck String Band
Voyage of the Magic Truck
Jim Tolles and Magic Truck
Hard For To Love
Pig's Eye Landing
One Eyed Cat
Pig's Eye Landing
Sparrows in the Buckthorn
Pig's Eye Landing
Like Water From a Mountain Stream
Pig's Eye Landing
Gypsy Stomp
Jones
Miller
Chirps Smith
Down in Little Egypt
Red Mountain White Trash
Fire in the Dumpster
Red Mountain White Trash
Chickens Don't Roost Too High
Red Mountain White Trash
Sweet Bama
Top

Progressive
These bands bend the rules, experimenting with new instruments, rhythms, and tunes
Atlantic Crossing
Full and Away
Atlantic Crossing
Groundswell
Atlantic Crossing
Overtones and Undercurrents
Carnival Knowledge
A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing
The Clayfoot Strutters
Going Elsewhere
Einstein's Little Homunculus
Don't Ask
Einstein's Little Homunculus
Balancing Act
Miller and Morse
Grapevine
Groovemongers
Fresh Wares
Hotpoint Stringband
The Road to Burhania
Hilarie Burhans
Put on The Skillet
Hotpoint
Hotpoint Special
Jeremiah McLane
Smile When You're Ready
Jeremiah McLane
Freetown
KGB
Contra-Intelligence
KGB
Volga Notions
Ginsburg and King
Contra and Blue
KGB
In from the Cold
Laura and the Lava Lamps
Primordial Groove
Lissa Schneckenburger
Different Game
Phantom Power
Phantom Power
Lissa Schneckenburger
Lissa Schneckenburger
Reckless Ramblers
Lowdown Hoedown
Michael Mendelson
A Fiddler's Notebook
Nightingale
Nightingale 3
Nat Hewitt
Nat Hewitt
Popcorn Behavior
Journeywork
Popcorn Behavior
Strangest Dream
Pig's Eye Landing
Like Water From a Mountain Stream
Pig's Eye Landing
Gypsy Stomp
Branch and Douglass
Picassiette
Pam Weeks
Waiting for the Perseids
Rodney Miller
All-Round Collection
Airdance
Flying on Home
Rodney Miller
Airplang
Rodney Miller
Airplang II
Rodney Miller
Airdance
Rodney Miller
Greasy Coat
Tricky Brits/Bag O'Tricks
Tricky Brits/Bag O'Tricks
Uncle Gizmo
Uncle Gizmo
Wild Asparagus
Tone Roads
Wild Asparagus
The Call of the Wild
Wild Asparagus
From the Floor Up
Wild Asparagus
Wherever You Go
Top

Swingy
These CDs have a bit of that Country Swing sound
Donna Hebert
Big Boned Beauty
Nat Hewitt
Nat Hewitt
Rodney Miller
Airdance
Top

Québecois
These CDs either have tunes or style from Québec
Atlantic Crossing
Wind Against the Tide
Atlantic Crossing
Full and Away
Atlantic Crossing
Groundswell
Atlantic Crossing
Turning the Compass
Atlantic Crossing
Overtones and Undercurrents
McLane and Dornfeld
Hummingbird
Nightingale
The Coming Dawn
Nightingale
Sometimes When the Moon Is High
Nightingale
Nightingale 3
Tom MacKenzie
Wake Me When It's Over
Tom MacKenzie
Second Course
Top

English Country
These CDs blend the elegance of English Country dance music with contra
Contratopia
Smitten
Tricky Brits/Bag O'Tricks
Tricky Brits/Bag O'Tricks
Top

CDs to dance to
Just like is sounds, these CDs have tracks that are long enough and at the right tempo to dance to.
KGB
Volga Notions
Portland Megaband
Plays Well with Others and Others and Others
Top

New England
This is a reference to style, not location. I think of this as "normal" contra music
Atlantic Crossing
Turning the Compass
Atlantic Crossing
Overtones and Undercurrents
The Barn Owl Band
Dance Owl Night
The Barn Owl Band
Barn Owls Live
Krumm and Pasquarello
Apples and Oranges
Contratopia
Hands Four
Donna Hebert
Big Boned Beauty
David Surette
Back Roads
The Elftones
Elftones
Golden Griffon Stringtet
Band Call
Golden Griffon Stringtet
Band Call
Phantom Power
Phantom Power
Michael Mendelson
A Fiddler's Notebook
Pig's Eye Landing
One Eyed Cat
Pig's Eye Landing
Sparrows in the Buckthorn
Branch and Douglass
Picassiette
Pam Weeks
Waiting for the Perseids
Rodney Miller
All-Round Collection
Rodney Miller
Airplang
Rodney Miller
Airdance
Miller and Surette
New Leaf
Miller and McQuillen
Pure Quill
Rodney and Randy Miller
New England Chestnuts
Rodney and Randy Miller
Castles in the Air
Ryan Thomson
Newmarket Duets
Penk
Curley
Portland Megaband
Plays Well with Others and Others and Others
Three Good Reasons
Montague Processional
Tom MacKenzie
Second Course
Wild Asparagus
Tone Roads
Wild Notes
Sowing
Top

Vocals
These CDs have two or more tracks with vocals. Do you know the words to Red Haired Boy?
Atlantic Crossing
Wind Against the Tide
Atlantic Crossing
Full and Away
Atlantic Crossing
Groundswell
Atlantic Crossing
Turning the Compass
Atlantic Crossing
Overtones and Undercurrents
The Barn Owl Band
Cloud Forest
Brendan Taaffe
Come Sit By My Chair
Hilarie Burhans
Put on The Skillet
Ill-Mo Boys
Laugh and Grow Fat
Ian Robb
Jiig
Lissa Schneckenburger
Different Game
Lissa Schneckenburger
Lissa Schneckenburger
Jim Tolles and Magic Truck
Hard For To Love
Nightingale
The Coming Dawn
Nightingale
Sometimes When the Moon Is High
Nightingale
Nightingale 3
Childsplay
Childsplay Live
Round the House
Keep this Coupon
Tom MacKenzie
Wake Me When It's Over
Wild Asparagus
Wherever You Go
Red Mountain White Trash
Fire in the Dumpster
Red Mountain White Trash
Chickens Don't Roost Too High
Red Mountain White Trash
Sweet Bama
Top

Folksy
,If you like tradional folk music, you will want to listen to these
Lissa Schneckenburger
Different Game
Lissa Schneckenburger
Lissa Schneckenburger
Top

Waltz CDs
That is right, CDs with 100% Waltzes
The Elftones
Mist-Covered Mountains
Unger and Snowe
Waltz Time
Childsplay
The Great Waltz
Top

Hammered Dulcimer
The following CDs feature a Hammered Dulcimer
Golden Griffon Stringtet
Band Call
Pam Weeks
Waiting for the Perseids
Tom MacKenzie
Wake Me When It's Over
Tom MacKenzie
Second Course
Top

Irish
Some of these bands just show a hint of the Irish Tradition in their music, some are more stongly influenced
Atlantic Crossing
Wind Against the Tide
Atlantic Crossing
Turning the Compass
Atlantic Crossing
Overtones and Undercurrents
Brendan Taaffe
Come Sit By My Chair
David Surette
Trip to Kemper
Einstein's Little Homunculus
Don't Ask
The Elftones
Elftones
Ian Robb
Jiig
Lissa Schneckenburger
Lissa Schneckenburger
Nightingale
The Coming Dawn
Nightingale
Sometimes When the Moon Is High
Pig's Eye Landing
One Eyed Cat
Pig's Eye Landing
Sparrows in the Buckthorn
Pig's Eye Landing
Like Water From a Mountain Stream
Pig's Eye Landing
Gypsy Stomp
Childsplay
Childsplay Live
Round the House
Keep this Coupon
Wild Asparagus
Tone Roads
Wild Asparagus
The Call of the Wild
Wild Asparagus
From the Floor Up
Wild Asparagus
Wherever You Go
Wild Notes
Sowing
Top

Live Recordings
Some or all of the tracks on these CDs were recorded live at a contra dance
Childsplay
Childsplay Live
Portland Megaband
Plays Well with Others and Others and Others
Top

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