Rodney Miller Fiddle
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Rodney Miller’s recordings are remarkable not only for the virtuosity of musicianship, but also for the diversity of character. Each possesses a unique flavor, demonstrating a breadth of imagination that explores new terrain, while still solidly connected to the core of what makes great dance music.

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Stringrays
Rodney Miller Stringrays

Improvisational string music, from the raucous to the sublime.
Recorded 2014

Up South / Holloway / Sparkle Of Starlight
East Of Ballydesmond Polka No. 1 / Trip To Dingle
Maysville / Estill Bingham's
Snake Charmer
Mary Devlin / Rumblestrip
Cruisin'
Mattie And Karine's
High Level / Archie Menzie's / Madame Vanoni
Boithrín Doire
Rosetta
L'acadienne / Reel duquêteux Tremblay de Aime Gagnon
Albert Ross
Le Violon Confesseur

 

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Spyglass
Rodney Miller_Spyglass
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Mary Ann Blades
Spyglass
Waltz at Bougival
Valentine’s in Nantes
Valse des Espoirs Fanes
La Trifluvienne
Road to Loch Tay
Soelvi's Song / Serpentine
Brimstone Corner/ Gillian's Waltz
Lady of the Lake / Hannah Towle
Lament for the Country House Dance
Home to the Valley
Journey to the Point
 

 

 

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The waltzes here are beautiful, poignant, brooding, cheerful and vivacious in turns. There is something about a waltz that is simply irresistible. This album has been described as Reiki for the world.
Recorded 2007

Sampler:
Mary Ann Blades, Spyglass, Waltz at Bougival

 

Airdance
Rodney Miller_Airdance

Gypsy Stomp / In Walked Bud
Ronde Des Voyageurs / Reel De Montebello / Hommage À Edmond Parizeau
Rambling Pitchfork / Four Courts / Salvation
Kilcommon / The Volunteer
All That You Ask Me
Morning Star / Paddy Fahey's / Alex Menzie's
Fred Bartell / Jigjazz
Da Trowy Burn / Da Crofter's Wife /
     Da Fisher's Foy / Da Bonxie
Behind The Haystack / Darla's Jig / Myra's Jig
Pigeon On The Gate / Racine Le Beau /
     Punter's Graveyard
Förväntan / Elaine's Hambo
Patty's Journey Home / Ice On The Water
Heather McCarthy / Lament For The Tobacco Valley 
     / Road To Atlanta
 

Celtic, traditional and even jazz tunes flower on strong contradance roots, and reflect the continuing vitality and vibrancy of the New England contradance scene.
Recorded 2000
 

Sampler:
Gypsy Stomp, Rambling Pitchfork, Kilcommon

 

Airdance: Flying On Home
Rodney Miller_Airdance_Flying on Home

Tamlin/Devil In The Strawstack /
   Farewell To Tchernobyl
October / Road To Lisdoonvarna
Green Isle
Killavil Fancy / Hunter's Purse / Concertina 
    /Providence / Musical Priest /
     Highlanders Farewell / Peter Street
Sandpoint
Flatworld
Ontario Swing / Bowin' The Strings
Belle Newcastle / Scruff Neck
Bobby Gardiner's Jig / Butlers Of Glen Ave.
Month Of November
Old Woolworth's / Johnny Don't Get Drunk
Napkin Tune / Flying Home To Shelley
Cup Of Tea / Holy Land /
    Wing Commander Donald MacKenzie
Elsie's Farewell

An album rich in airs and waltzes, including several original Rodney Miller tunes.

Recorded 2003
 

Sampler:
October, Sandpoint, Ontario Swing

 

Airdance: Cloud Nine
Airdance Cloud Nine

Cloud Nine / Broken Heart / Cloud Nine
MacArthur Road / Gravel Walk / Shirley's Reel
Brimstone Corner Waltz
Cape Breton Jig / Gallagher's March / Jigermyster
Muddy Roads / Lexi McKaskill
Arigana Highway
Up Downy / Tongadale / Johnny Murray of Lochee
Cleveland Park / St. Patrice / Balls to Hall
Chance Creek Waltz
Bubble Pop / Hangman's Reel
Dot McKinnon / Sheldon MacNeil /
   Union Street Session
Rogue Wave Waltz
Hull's Reel

Cloud Nine, the third in the Airdance series, is listening and dance nirvana! A great CD to enjoy the complexity and spontaneity of this music.
Recorded 2006
 

Sampler:
Cloud Nine, MacArthur Road, Chance Creek Waltz

 

New Leaf
Rodney Miller_New Leaf

Arthur Seat Hornpipe / Eugene Stratton Hornpipe / 

   Madame Neruda Hornpipe
Auld Snatwell
Princess Reel / Pacific Slope / Marcel Martin
Flowin' Water
Red Sunset Waltz
Shadows On The Lawn / Cunla / The Brae Reel
Statue Clog / Nightingale Clog / Great Western Clog
   / Lady Templeton's Clog
Poor Old Woman / Ned Kendall's Hornpipe /
   Levi Beaulieu
Italian Gigues - Monferrine
Da Wedding March From Unst / Da Auld Foula Reel
Caber Fey / Island Ferry / Wild Irish Reel
Wayne Merrill's Jig / Courtesan's Jig
Frisco Waltz
Evit Gabriel


 

This recording radiates the joy of the New England contra dance scene. The musicianship and sensitivity of Rodney Miller and David Surette rank them as leading interpreters of traditional and modern New England contra melodies.

Recorded 2000
 

Sampler:
Arthur Seat, Auld Snatwell, Italian Gigues

 

Pure Quill
Rodney Miller_Pure Quill

McQuillen's Squeezebox
South Wind / My Bonny Lad
Quindaro / Dominion / Deerfoot / President Grant's
Naughty Noochie / Old Rocking Chair /
   Jimmy's Favorite
For Ireland, I'll Not Tell Her Name /
   Farewell To The Creeks
I Don't Love Nobody /
   Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane /
   Honey Harbor Two Step
The Huskin' Bee
Jamie Allen / West Wind
Lowlands Of Holland / Coilsfield House
The Gem Varsoviana
Strop The Razor / Skiver The Quilt /
   Down The Road / Grey Buck
Flowers Of Edinburgh / Old French /
   Willet's Hornpipe / Mountain Ranger
Elvira's Waltz
 

The title of this CD is an old New England expression meaning “the genuine article.” Here you have it with Rodney Miller teamed with Bob McQuillen, the legendary, National Heritage Award winning piano player who was 77 years old when this was recorded.
Recorded 2000

Sampler:
McQuillen’s Squeezebox, South Wind, Quindaro

 

All Round Collection
RodneyMiller_All-Round Collection

Devil's Dream
Chief O'Neills Favorite / Paddy Ryan's Dream; 
   Burying Poteen
Roddy McCorley
Lament For Big Dougal
Waltz For Jane
Reel A Ti Jean / Johnny Morgan
Trip To Athlone / Bells Of Dover
Modern Times / Wizard's Walk
Doc Harris' Hornpipe
Sandie Ower The Sea
Fiesta Waltz
Mouth Of The Tobique / Jacques Cartier /
   The Parry Sound
Cuckoo's Nest / Crazy Dog
Pushing 40
 

A sublime mix of traditional and contemporary tunes featuring arch-top electric guitar,  electric bass and fiddle.

Recorded 1997

Sampler:
Devil’s Dream, Waltz for Jane, Mouth of the Tobique

 

Greasy Coat

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Liza Rose / Stepping On Worms/ Wild Ginger
Bourree Des Moutons
Hare In The Hat / Molly's Hop
Greasy Coat
Susi's Waltz
American Polka
Reunion Jig / Pete Da Mill / Pinch Of Snuff
Pow Wow/ Rockabilly Reel
Bad Hair
Bagpipe Ditty / Christmas Day In The Morning/   
   Young Widow
Dragonfly Waltz
Chorus Jig / Chorus Jive
Lullaby For Liza
 

Greasy Coat continues in the style of groundbreaking Airplang  and Airplang 2 recordings. It represents the meeting of old and new contra dance music, of urban and rural styles and of traditional and modern instrumentation. Rodney is joined by outstanding West Coast musicians.
Recorded 1990

Sampler:
American Polka, Bad Hair, Dragonfly Waltz

 

Airplang
Airplang Album Cover

Sail Away Ladies / Waynesboro
Erin / Soulmate
Hangman's Reel
In Christ There Is No East Or West / Salimony Waltz
Contrazz / Old Joe
Dancing Bear
Elvira / Asher
Nancy's Waltz / Dark Island
Fair Jenny
Cotton-Eyed Joe
 

Airplang represents a pivotal recording in the evolution of modern contra music, marking Miller as one of the most influential and masterful of today’s folk fiddlers.
Recorded 1985

Sampler:
Sail Away Ladies, Nancy's Waltz, Cotton-Eyed Joe

 

Airplang 2
Airplang2 Album Cover

The Cliffs Of Moher / Gold Ring / Hullican's Jig
Leather Britches / Miller's Reel
Pincushion Polka
Bluemont Waltz
The Bain's Welcome To Dublin / Mains Of Gartley / 
   Pull Down Your Vest
Rochester Schottische / Shelbourne Reel /
   The Baker
Swimming In The Gutter / King's Favorite /
   Munster Lass
Denver Belle / Indian Killed A Woodchuck
High Level Hornpipe
Cattle In The Cane
The Irma Waltz
Tour Of Scotland
 

The music on Airplang 2 has the precision and clarity of classical, the spontaneity and creativity of jazz and the honesty and joy of contra.
Recorded 1987

Sampler:
Leather Britches, Pincushion Polka, Bluemont Waltz

 

New England Chestnuts
Rodney Miller_New England Chestnuts

Lady Walpole's Reel / Batchelder's
Opera Reel
Rory O'More / Saddle The Pony
Chorus Jig
Narissa / Larry's Waltzes
Lamplighter's Hornpipe / Kildare Fancy
Portland Fancy
Hull's Victory
Chickadees / Silver & Gold / Sarah Dell
Money Musk
Ross' Reel No. 4 / Lady Of The Lake / Forester's
Steamboat Quickstep / White Cockade /
   New Rigged Ship
Road To Boston / Jenny's Gone To Linton
Glise De Sherbrook / Whalen's Breakdown
Petronella / Green Mountain Petronella
O'Donal Abhu / Rocks Of Brae /
   Meeting Of The Waters
Maggie Brown's Favorite / Shetland Boston
The Gay Gordons / Farewell To The Glen
Fisher's Hornpipe
Heather Island / Amelia
 

A two-album set originally released on vinyl New England Chestnuts 1 & 2 have been called “the best ever” recordings of traditional contra dance music by dancers, listeners and music scholars alike. 
Recorded 1980 - 81


Lady Walpoles Reel, Opera Reel, Road to Boston

 

Castles in the Air

Rodney Miller_Castles in the Air

Rollstone Mountain
Rock Valley / Northern Lights / Cattle in the Crops
The Old White Cockade / Mary Douglas
Allie Crocker/ Jack Cameron
Skye Boat Song
President Garfield's Hornpipe
Little Burnt Potato / First Western Change
Come Up the Back Stairs / J.B. Milne
The White Leaf/ The Border Collie
Miss Gordon's Strathspey / Castles in the Air /
   Janet Beaton
The Cowboy Jig/ Canadian Jig
Green Mountain Petronella/ Nancy
Where the River Shannon Flows / Rosin the Beau
Westfork Gals / Spanish Lady

Castles in the Air embodies the charm and intimacy of New England: cozy hills, lakes and mountains, picturesque towns, and fiddle music to warm the soul by. 
Recorded 1976
See the companion Tune Book and half-speed learning CD.

Sampler:
Rock Valley, President Garfield’s Hornpipe, Miss Gordon’s Strathspey

 

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