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Band Swing : Pete Mac

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Band Swing is designed to be especially 'user friendly' to musicians playing in folk dance bands, and tunes have been written out in a straight forward way. On pages labelled as Reels, Polkas, Jigs, Hornpipes or Waltzes, individual tunes can be played from top to bottom as a sequence of similar tunes. In the Specials section, if more than one tune is shown for a dance, the tunes have been specially chosen to be played in a sequence.


Some of the tunes in this book have easier arrangements printed on the opposite page, these make it easier for less experienced musicians to contribute to the sound of the band and to play at normal band tempo.


Callers and dancers like tunes to be phrased. In a 32 bar tune it is important to have definite phrasing (a pause) after 8 bars, otherwise it is difficult for callers to fit the dance to the tune. In a similar way, I like to give some phrasing, though not so pronounced, at 4 bar intervals too. A tune which is just a series of notes for 32 bars can be great to listen to, but may be difficult to call and dance to. I have therefore, tried to keep the arrangements uncluttered.
Pete Mac

  • Adam Buchan's Follow On
  • After the Ball
  • Aiken Drum
  • Alabama Jubilee
  • Athol Highlanders
  • Aunt Hessie's White Horse
  • Belfast Polka, The
  • Belle of the Ball'
  • Bonnie Lass that didna Marry Me
  • Boys of Biuehill, The
  • Boys of Wexford
  • Caddam Wood
  • Captain Pugwash
  • Captain White
  • Chinese Breakdown
  • Click go the Shears
  • Codlins and Cream
  • Columbus Stockade Blues
  • Coming Round the Mountain
  • Crooked Stove Pipe
  • Daisy Daisy
  • Dark Girl Dressed in Blue
  • Dashing White Sergeant
  • Dingle Regatta
  • Director's Chair
  • Dorset Four-hand Reel
  • Double Quadrille
  • Drops of Brandy
  • Eye Level
  • Farmer's Jamboree Planxty Irwin
  • Ragtime Annie
  • Fisherman, The
  • Foxhunter's Jig
  • Frankie and Johnny
  • Girl with the Blue Dress On,
  • Glenamaddy
  • Grandfather's Clock
  • Harvest Home
  • Hebridean Waters
  • Home on the Range
  • HotPunch
  • Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
  • Hundred Pipers
  • I'll be your Sweetheart
  • Jenny Lind
  • Job Lot
  • John Ryan's Polka
  • Jolly Coppersmith
  • iJohnny Lad
  • Joys of Quebec
  • Jumping Cactus
  • Kelly. the Boy from Killane
  • La Russe
  • Leaving of Liverpool, The
  • Let Him Go, Let Him Tarry
  • Levi Jackson Rag
  • Little Burnt Potato Lord of the Dance
  • Mackerel for Tea
  • Major Mackie's Jig
  • Man who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo, The
  • Marmaduke's Hornpipe 
  • Marquis of Lome, The
  • McQuillen's Squeezebox
  • Miss Campbell of Saddle
  • My Lodging's on the Cold, Cold 
  • My Love She's but a Lassie Yet!
  • My Wife's a Wanton Wee Thing
  • Nancy's Fancy
  • Navvie on the Line
  • New Rigged Ship
  • New Shetland Boston
  • Nicole of Nancy
  • No Man's Jig
  • Oban Bay
  • Oh Johnny!
  • Old Steamer, The
  • Old Towler
  • Oyster Girl
  • Peacock Rag
  • Peat Fire Flame
  • Perfect Cure, The
  • Pete's Peerie Boat
  • Phillibelula all the Way
  • Rare Bog Ray Horrick's Reel
  • Redwing
  • Rope Waltz, The
  • Royal Albert
  • Salmon Tails up the Water
  • Scotland the Brave
  • Sean South
  • Silver and Gold
  • Silver Demon, The
  • Soldiers' Joy
  • Spaceman, The
  • Speed the Plough
  • Sproats of Bernie Boozle
  • Sweets of May
  • Tavern in the Town
  • Three Sea Captains
  • Titanic, The
  • Turkey in the Straw 
  • Ullapool
  • Uncle Bernard's
  • Up Jumped the Devil
  • Waltzing Matilda
  • Weaver and his Wife, The
  • When Daylight Shines
  • Whose? Jig
  • Willafjord
  • Winkie Reel, The
  • Year End Two-step
  • Yellow Rose of Texas

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