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Band Time : Pete Mac

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Band Time, the sequel to Band Swing, is designed to be user friendly to musicians, and tunes are written out in a straightforward way, and with phrasing to help callers and dancers. In the Reel, Polka, Jig, Hornpipe and Waltz sections, tunes are arranged so that they can be played down the page.

Some of the tunes in this book have easier arrangements printed on the opposite page, so that less experienced musicians can contribute to the band and play at normal band tempo. In workshops, I often suggest that everyone plays the easier version once or twice through, and then the more experienced musicians play the full version, while the less experienced continue with the easier version. In this way the less experienced will have heard what their tune sounds like before having to play it against the full version.

A chord is shown under each bar, and guitarists, pianists and accordionists etc. should play two vamps or um-chas per bar for reels and jigs. Where one chord is shown directly above another, the one below is an alternative. Minor chords are shown as e.g. Amin meaning A minor.

On page 43 you will find a couple of American style reels, Dick's Farewell and Crocker's Reel. Callers often ask for 7 x 32 bar reels for a square, which would typically be played: chorus, figure, figure, chorus, figure, figure, chorus. These two tunes work well together when a specific tune for a singing call not required. Play the first tune for the chorus and the second tune for the figures.åÊ


  • All the Way to Galway
  • Amoureuse du Val de Salm, L'
  • Arkansas Traveller
  • Athol Highlanders
  • Atlantic Star, The
  • Aunty Mary's Canadian Jig
  • Barley Farm Fiddler
  • Bear Dance, The
  • Bielbie's
  • Blaydon Races
  • Bold O'Donahue
  • Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine
  • Bonny Kate
  • Bonny Lass
  • Bouffard's Waltz
  • Branle des Chevaux
  • Burning Bridges
  • Captain and his Whiskers, The
  • Chanticleer Rag
  • Charlotte's Jig
  • Cock of the North
  • Come Up the Back Stairs
  • Crocker's Reel
  • Cupid's Waltz
  • Curly Headed Ploughboy, The
  • Dancing Dustman, The
  • Dark Island, The
  • Dear Old Donegal
  • Denis's Hornpipe
  • Dick's Farewell
  • Down South
  • Drunken Sailor, The
  • Duke of Kent's Waltz, The
  • Farewell to Whisky
  • Father's Polka
  • Ferryman, The
  • Flop Ear'd Mule
  • Flowers
  • Fraises et les Framboises, Les
  • Goodbye Girls I'm Going to Boston
  • Grandfather's
  • Gypsie Hill Jig
  • Harper's Frolic
  • Hebridean Waters
  • Hewlett
  • High Country, The
  • Hogmanay, The
  • Home Boys Home
  • Home to Texas
  • Honey Harbour
  • Horse's Branle
  • Huttons Ambo
  • If You're Irish, Come into the Parlour
  • Irish Rover, The
  • Ivory Keys
  • John of Paris ‰ÛÊ
  • Johnny Get Your Hair Cut
  • Joys of Quebec
  • Keep that Wheel A-Turning
  • Landlord, Fill the Flowing Bowl
  • Lemonville Jig, The ‰ÛÊ
  • Little Brown Jug
  • Log Cabin
  • MacNamara's Band
  • Mademoiselle from Armentieres
  • March of Saint Timothy
  • Marjorie's Milestone
  • Minstrel Boy, The
  • Miss Sayer's Allemande
  • Mists of Dornoch
  • Monck's March
  • Moonbeams
  • Mount Gabriel Reel
  • Nelly the Elephant
  • New York Girls
  • Northlands
  • Oats, Peas and Beans
  • Oban Bay
  • Old Rustic Bridge, The
  • On the Road to Boston
  • One More Step
  • Oyster 48
  • Paddy McGinty's Goat
  • Pays de Haut
  • Peat Island
  • Piper of Lorne, The
  • Pollyanna
  • Poppy Day Parade
  • Rattle the Cash
  • Redowa Sunset
  • Reel Saint Joseph
  • Ripple of the Teign
  • Rollstone Mountain
  • Rose Tree, The
  • Runaway Train, The
  • Russian Cavalry
  • Scan Tester's No. 2
  • Scotland the Brave
  • Set de la Baie Saint Paul
  • Sheep Shearing
  • Shetland Step
  • Sound of Barra, The
  • South Wind
  • Southsea Crumble
  • Speed the Plough
  • Spinning Wheel
  • Star Polka
  • Steamboat Hornpipe (Devon)
  • Steamboat Hornpipe (Sussex)
  • Stern Polka
  • Swedish Rhapsody
  • Tall Poppies
  • This Old Man
  • Three Around Three
  • Turkey in the Straw
  • Valiant, The
  • Vandals of Hammerwich, The
  • Weymouth Quickstep
  • Whinham's
  • Whistling Rufus
  • Wiltshire Six Hand Reel
  • Wind the Bobbin Up
  • Winster Gallop
  • Woodland Flowers
  • All the Way to Galway
  • Arkansas Traveller
  • Blaydon Races
  • Dancing Dustman, The
  • Dark Island, The
  • Duke of Kent's Waltz, The
  • Enchanted Place
  • Gay Gordons
  • Gypsie Hill Jig
  • Johnny, Fetch Your Wife Back
  • Miss Sayer's Allemande
  • Ninepins
  • Patacake Polka
  • Pioneer Polka Quadrille
  • Ploughboy, The
  • Postie's Jig
  • Return Again Worthingtons
  • Ripple of the Teign
  • Shades of Green
  • Shoemaker, The
  • Southsea Crumble
  • Stern Polka
  • Three Around Three
  • Timber Salvage Reel
  • Twelve Reel
  • Wiltshire Six Hand Reel
  • Winster Gallop

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