Susan Songer with Clyde Curley

The Portland Collection: Contra Dance Music in the Pacific Northwest (Vol 3)


314 jigs and reels from the Portland, Oregon contra dance repertoire


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About the Portland Collection, Volume 3

The Portland Collection, Volume 3 is a continuation of the music in the first two Portland Collections, and its format is identical to those of the earlier books. Volume 3 contains 314 jigs and reels from the Portland, Oregon contra dance repertoire–all music that arrived in Portland since the tunes were collected for the second book. Again, Irish, Scottish, Québécois, Appalachian, and New England genres are represented. The tunes are both traditional and recently composed, from local treasures to national contra dance standards. There is an extensive commentary on every tune including stories about the tunes from their composers. There are chord suggestions, a discography, a bibliography, and more. The tunes and their histories were collected from many local contra dance musicians who generously gave of their time and talent to help us expand on the music in Volumes 1 and 2.

Several Volume 3 reels have alternative versions that we have posted here. These are Hull’s Reel, Jack Daniel’s Reel, Obama’s March, Ol’ Bob, Red Prairie Dawn, Seanamhac Tube Station, and Troll Soup.