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New England Chestnuts
by Rodney and Randy Miller
Rodney Miller and Randy Miller's New England Chestnuts Volumes one and two were released in the early 1980's as LP records. After 20 years of collective listening, the consensus has emerged that these recordings are the definitive musical statements of these traditional New England contra tunes. Rodney Miller's talent was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1983 when he was designated a "Master Fiddler".

New England Chestnuts was re-released in 2001 as a two CD set. These two CDs are recommended listening for musicians, callers, and listeners interested in hearing the music that has had America dancing since colonial times. The liner notes contain a wealth of information about New England contra music and dance. This is the sound of classic New England contra music at its best.


Also featured on New England Chestnuts are Sandy Bradley, George Wilson, Steve Woodruff, and Laurie Andres
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Volume 1
  1. Lady Walpole's Reel / Batchelder's (7x32)
  2. Opera Reel (7x32)
  3. Rory O'More / Saddle the Pony 9x32)
  4. Chorus Jig (8x32)
  5. Nerissa / Larry's Waltzes
  6. Lamplighter's Hornpipe / Kildare Fancy (7x32)
  7. Portland Fancy (7x32)
  8. Hull's Victory (7x32)
  9. Chickadees' / Silver and Gold / Sarah Dell Polka
  10. Money Musk (10x24)
Volume 2
  1. Ross' Reel / Lady of the Lake / Forester's Hornpipe (9x32)
  2. Steamboat Quickstep / White Cockade / New Rigged Ship
  3. Road to Boston / Jenny's Gone to Linton
  4. Glise de Sherbrooke / Whalen's Breakdown
  5. Petronella / Green Mountain Petronella
  6. O'Donal Abhu / Rocks of the Brae / Meeting of the Waters
  7. Maggie Brown's Favorite / Shetland Boston
  8. The Gay Gordons / Farewell to the Glen
  9. Fisher's Hornpipe
  10. Heather Island / Amelia Waltzes
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