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Author Archives: Pat MacPherson

Preserving the Life’s Work of Keith Blackmon, Part II

Nils Fredland and I have been working on the book of Keith Blackmon’s singing squares for over two years, on and off, and we’ve just published it! Pretty darn exciting. A funny thing happens when you’re working on a book – the words take over. The constant decisions you make are all about commas, hyphens, […]

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Ralph Page Legacy Weekend — A first-timer’s impressions

Mary Jones and I unloaded and set up the CDSS bookstore on Friday afternoon and then waited for the fun to start. Turns out, sitting at the bookstore table is a great place to meet and chat with people. the room’s set up so you can easily see and hear the dancing and the music, […]

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Mr. Scarlett Replies

In my last post (“Letters to Mr. Scarlett”), I looked at some letters we discovered while processing materials for the CDSS Archives at UNH. These letters were from notable callers Ralph Page and Benjamin Lovett to one unknown “Andrew Scarlett”. Two readers wondered if there were any letters from Mr. Scarlett in the Ralph Page […]

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Celebrating Tom!

This past weekend, I was pleased to attend the CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award ceremony for Tom Kruskal. The Lifetime Contribution is presented annually to individuals who have made a long-term and exceptional contribution to the mission of CDSS. In 2010, there were two recipients: John Ramsay and Tom Kruskal. John Ramsay’s award was given on October 16, […]

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Letters to Mr. Scarlett

My desk in the office is usually tidy, but right now I am surrounded by boxes of books, tapes, letters and teaching notes which are being processed to send to the CDSS Archives and Library at UNH. While going through a box from the Bob Hider estate, our fabulous volunteer Emma Van Scoy found a […]

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Our newest publication: 21 Easy English Country Dances

Our newest booklet is 21 Easy English Country Dances: Dances Selected from The Playford Ball with Music Selected from CDSS Archival Recordings. There are two people who were especially important to the production of this booklet: Gary and Rowena Roodman. Rowena is the CDSS Sales Assistant; as part of her job, she helps people find […]

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EFDSS: Teaching Traditional Song

While checking out efdss.org the other day, I found a cool resource for teachers who are interested in incorporating traditional English song and singing games into their curriculum. Fun with Folk was created as part of the Take 6 Project, funded in England by the Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered to EFDSS in 2008-9. Fun […]

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