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Together in Time [videorecording]: A Story of New England Contra Dance & Music

produced by Hometown Productions in association with Great Meadow Music
Format
Video; VHS
Summary
The story of contra, a uniquely American dance music that New Englanders formed over generations by combining English country dancing with Celtic fiddle tunes and strutting French-Canadian rhythms. Told through the lives of the people themselves: 19th century African-American fiddler John Putnam, 20th century dance caller Ralph Page; mentor Bob McQuillen; modern pied-pipers of contra, Dudley Laufman and Rodney Miller; 101-year old dancer Florence Giffin and 13 year-old musician Conor Sleith, industrial tycoon Henry Ford who tried to popularize the dance in the 1920s; and legions of long hair-hippies who found haven from industrialized society in the pastorial clip-clip of contra.
Director
Steve Alves
Performers
Narrator, Peter Coyote.
Release Date
2001
Run Time
27 min.
Language
English
Credits
Produced, written, directed & edited by Steve Alves.
Published
Westmoreland, NH : Great Meadow Music, c2001.
Publisher no.
GMM 2011 Great Meadow Music
Description
1 videocassette (27 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
VHS format.
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