We play tunes from the New England, American South, Celtic, Quebecois, and Scandinavian traditions, as well as original compositions by contemporary musicians. Throughout the season, we learn new tunes and develop well-known standards and members’ favorites. Directors David Kaynor and Annika Amstutz choose tunes based on members’ goals and the personality of the orchestra as a whole.
Some of our tunes are old well-known standards. But one of our goals in this orchestra is to take what’s familiar and make fireworks out of them. Is there a new harmony you can try? How about chopping to them? What new expression can we bring to these? Together, we might be able to come up with a spectacular arrangement. And if you don’t know the tunes, that’s fine! This is the perfect place to learn them.
OTHER PLACES TO FIND TUNES–A great place to hear tunes and find sheet music is on the North Atlantic Tune List. David Kaynor has sheet music and recordings for many of the tunes we play on his Google Drive. You can find sheet music on thesession.org. Many tunes are in the Portland Collection (vols. 1, 2 and 3), the Fiddler’s Fakebook, New England Fiddler’s Repertoire, and other common resources. The Portland Collection books are available through the public library system, and many tune books can be purchased through The Country Dance & Song Society. You can also hear many versions of these tunes on YouTube.