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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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
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
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
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.
Sampler: October, Sandpoint, Ontario Swing
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
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.
Sampler: Arthur Seat, Auld Snatwell, Italian Gigues
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
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.
Sampler: Devil’s Dream, Waltz for Jane, Mouth of the Tobique
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
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
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
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
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