Where we are playing
Where we have played
Mary's Music
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What we play

Christina John & Mary

Instruments

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Repertoire

English from Playford Dancing Master including Sharp, Apted, Fallibroome and Maggot Pie to Community Dance Manuals and modern dance composers including Pat Shaw, Fried de Metz Herman, Charles Bolton and Colin Hume.

Currently we especially enjoy playing for Gary Roodman dances - we especially enjoy the wide variety of good music used and the way the dances fit that music.

Contras and Squares (including Quadrilles, Singing Calls and Patter Calls) - we have experience of dancing and playing for contra dances in the USA as well as the UK with both American and English callers.

In all these we think it very important to phrase the tune to fit the dance and so we talk with the caller beforehand and watch the dancers carefully so the dance becomes ‘music made visible’.

Instruments

Fiddle (French) Leon Bernadel 1928

Mandolin        Blue Moon

Piano Accordion Bugari 151CH (Italian) 4 reed, octave tuning, 96 bass

Roland RD-3000SX Keyboard 88 key, touch sensitive, split keyboard option, piano, guitar, banjo, and various basses


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Eight channel mixer amplifier with stereo output for clarity and sound placing, and mono foldback system. Mike always available for callers who are welcome to use their own mike if they prefer.

Notes for guidance when sound system is being supplied.


  • Connections XLR Boxes for fiddle and mandolin

                                 DI Box for accordion

                                 2 DI boxes for keyboard

                                 Power (240 AC) supply for keyboard

  • Fiddle needs treble cut to give more mellow sound.

  • Accordion needs enough treble lift to give musette tone an edge, and mid and bass lift to give a full sound especially when on single reed.

  • Keyboard may require bass lift.

  • In each tune/set, fiddle, accordion and keyboard take the lead in turn (often in that order). Sometimes one instrument will start solo.

  • When not taking lead, instruments play a subsidiary accompanying part.

  • Level settings for each need to allow player to be able to take the lead or drop back.

  • Keyboard often plays in split mode and changes voices.Balance and relative levels are set at the keyboard.

    The two outputs are not the split on the keyboard left and right or bass and treble.

  • Keyboard has no on-board sound and relies on foldbacks to hear own sound and overall balance.

































    Stage Layout
       

     (Table)

     
     

     (Chair)         

     (Chair)

     (Chair)

     

     Caller         

     Fiddle/

     Accordion;    

     Keyboard

     Mandolin

     

     (Mike)

     XLR

     DI

     2 x DI+Power Supply

     


    STAGE FRONT





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