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Pure Quill
by Miller and McQuillen
Pure Quill is an old New England expression meaning "the genuine article...the real thing". Here you have it, with Rodney Miller, New England's foremost fiddler teamed with Bob McQuillen, legendary contra piano player and composer of over 1000 contra tunes. This recording captures the two as they might sound at the Peterborough, NH Town House on contra dance night. All that's missing is the merry clop of a few hundred feet. For McQuillen and Miller both, the secret to contra's continued vibrancy is that the future and the past are not adversaries, but fellow travelers. And the dance itself remains the greatest teacher.
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  1. McQuillen's Squeezebox
  2. South Wind / My Bonnie Lad
  3. Quindaro / Dominion / Deerfoot / President Grant's
  4. Naughty Noochie / Old Rocking Chair / Jimmy's Favorite
  5. For Ireland, I'll Not Tell Her Name / Farewell to the Creeks
  6. I Don't Love Nobody / Little Old Log Cab in the Lane / Honey Harbor Two Step
  7. The Huskin' Bee
  8. Jamie Allen / West Wind
  9. Lowlands of Holland / Coilsfield House
  10. The Gem Varsoviana
  11. Strop the Razor / Skiver the Quilt / Down the Road / Grey Buck
  12. Flowers of Edinburgh / Old French / Willet's Hornpipe / Mountain Ranger
  13. Elvira's Waltz
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