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Posted By: OlgaJ
24-Nov-13 - 11:04 AM
Thread Name: What makes a good caller?
Subject: RE: What makes a good caller?
You sound like our sort of caller Mo.

I remember going to dinner dances in the way distant past and there was always a St Bernard's Waltz, Valeta, or 'The Barn Dance' included amongst the more popular stuff, all being played by a cabaret band and uncalled - everyone knew them or picked them up very quickly, even my husband could cope with them. Since we've been going to ceilidhs and barn dances (over around 30 years)and more recently playing for them I can't remember anyone calling these dances. Very occasionally we get a caller who does the Gay Gordons. Is it because these are classed as 'Sequence Dances' and therefore became unpopular with the barn dance crowd or the callers for some reason? Perhaps we should try to re-introduce them. Its not really the sort of music we generally play but its easy enough to pick up and variety is after all the spice of life. Wouldn't want to do it all night though!