RALPH PAGE BIBLIOGRAPHY AND DISCOGRAPHY

BOOKS

HERITAGE DANCES OF EARLY AMERICA
       Published in 1976 by the Lloyd Shaw Foundation, this book gives directions for dancing and some background information on 25 contra dances which Ralph Page discovered in books and manuscripts published between 1788 and 1817. Written out are unaccompanied melodies for 16 jigs, reels and hornpipes which Ralph deemed suitable for these dances.

AN ELEGANT COLLECTION OF CONTRAS AND SQUARES
       This book was published in 1984, again by the Lloyd Shaw Foundation. There are a total of 63 dances described, divided into the following headings: No Problem Contras, Nice and Easy Contras or The Next Step, Traditional Contras, Contemporary Contras, Some New England Squares, Some Singing Quadrilles, and Lancers (10 Lancers figures). Unaccompanied melodies, 48 of them, including 4 composed by Ralph Page, are written out. Several of the contras and squares are also Ralph Page originals.

THE RALPH PAGE BOOK OF CONTRAS
       In 1969 The English Folk Dance And Song Society published this book as a companion piece to a long-playing record of contra dance music which was issued at about the same time. Twenty two dances are described, 11 of them traditional and 11 contemporary. There are 36 tunes written out for these dances, of these Ralph Page composed 18. Inquiries about availability of this book may be made to the Lloyd Shaw Foundation. See Page 128 for address.)

THE COUNTRY DANCE BOOK, by BETH TOLMAN AND RALPH PAGE
       First published in 1937 by Countryman Press it was re-published In 1976 by Stephen Greene Preys, Brattleboro, Vermont. Unfortunately the book appears to be out-of-print and the publisher cannot be located. If a supply should exist, please let me know where copies may be purchased. Late news!-- There are about 10 copies of this book now for sale at Maple Leaf Music, 49 Elliot St., Brattleboro, VT 05301 at $6.50/ copy, postage & handling included.

The following two titles were not included in the original Index, but have been added for the sake of completeness.

NEW ENGLAND CONTRAS AND TOWN HALL SQUARES
       This book was published in 1957 by the College of the Pacific in Stockton, California from a syllabus Page produced at the Folk Dance Camp there in 1957.

CONTRAS AS RALPH PAGE CALLED THEM compiled and edited by Roger C. Knox.
       This book was published in 1990 by the compiler of the original Northern Junket Index and it contains photocopies of over 220 contra dances collected from both the above syllabus produced at the Stockton, California Folk Dance Camp in 1957 and from the pages of Northern Junket.

RECORDS

       The following four groups of records were recorded by Ralph Page with three of his orchestras on Michael Herman's Folk Dancer label. Records with called dances are asterisked.

       The record numbers listed are for the original 12", 78rpm discs. Some have been re-made on 10" discs at 33-1/3rpm, standard groove, and a few on 45rpm discs.

CONTRA DANCES WITH THE RALPH PAGE TRIO

MH 1024*       Chorus Jig / Morning Star

MH 1025*       Lady of the Lake / Money Musk

MH 1026*       Lady Walpole's Reel / Darling Nellie Gray

MH 1027         Chorus Jig / Rory O'More

MH 1028         Climbing Golden Stairs / Money Musk

MH 1029         Hand Organ Hornpipe / Reel of Stumpie

  

CONTRA DANCES WITH RALPH PAGE'S BOSTON BOYS

MH 1062*       Beaux of Albany / Hull's Victory

MH 1063*       Opera Reel / Old Zip Coon

MH 1064*       Petronella / Glover's Reel

MH 1065         Garfield's Hornpipe / Hull's Victory

MH 1066         Opera Reel / Old Zip Coon

MH 1067         Petronella / Canadian Breakdown

MH 5001         Up Jumped The Devil / Old Joe Clark

MH 5002         Shake Up The Coke / Piper's Lass

  

CONTRA DANCES WITH RALPH PAGE'S NEW HAMPSHIRE ORCHESTRA

MH 1068*       Fisher's Hornpipe / Merry Dance

MH 1069*       Arkansas Traveler / Fallen Timber Reel

MH 1064*       Petronella / Glover's Reel

MH 1070*       Monadnock Reel / Green Mtn. Vols.

MH 1071         Fisher's Hornpipe / Come Up The Backstairs

MH 1072         Arkansas Traveler / Reilly's Own

MH 1073         Glise A Sherbrooke / Wright's Quickstep

MH 5003*       Chassez By The Corner / Lamplighter's Hornpipe (Side A only with calls)

  

SQUARE DANCES WITH RALPH PAGE'S BOSTON BOYS - 10" RECORDS

MH 1030*       Chinese Breakdown / Crooked Stovepipe

MH 1031*       Odd Couple Promenade / Page's Nightmare

MH 1032*       Honest John I / Honest John II

MH 1033         Chinese Breakdown / Crooked Stovepipe

MH 1034         On The Road To Boston / Gold and Silver

MH 1035         Honest John I / Honest John II

  

SQUARE DANCES - RALPH PAGE - ON "DISK" LABEL
(Out of print, but a few sets may still be available)

5035*       Red River Valley / Disgusted Brides

5036*       Odd Couple in the Center / Monadnock Muddle

5037*       Star The Ring / Ladies' Whirligig

  

SOUTHERNERS PLUS TWO PLAY RALPH PAGE

       This 12 inch, long-playing record was recorded in 1970 by the augmented Southerners Orchestra for the English Folk Dance and Song Society. This followed the very successful calling and teaching tour Ralph made in England with this group in 1966. There are 11 Ralph Page tunes played. All selections are long enough for dancing contras or squares.

  

BOOK AND RECORD INFORMATION

Since Michael Herman's death in 1996, The Kentucky Dance Foundation has become the owner of the Folk Dancer record label. CD copies of Ralph Page recordings (renumbered) may be purchased from them.

A complete collection of Ralph Page's 78rpm, 33 1/3rpm, and 45prm recordings is also held in the New Hampshire Library of Traditional Music and Dance at the University of New Hampshire Library in Durham, NH and may be listened to there free of charge.

An Elegant Collection of Contras and Squares may be purchased from The Lloyd Shaw Foundation.