Yes, that was quite a dance! I saw that setup Jim was using and wondered if it was new. Indeed a big-sounding band, you guys could have played without mikes at all (for me at least!).
Jim also played for all sorts of Morris and other groups on Sunday at the local May festival (Shepherdstown, West Virginia. I have the impression some of it was impromptu, but he knows every tune. I sat in (stood in?) for the May pole dance and enjoyed it a lot.
Thanks for the fix. Great to see you, your better half and your unusually appointed Morse instrument.
We can't go acoustic because we can't get any kind of balance; the sax, trombone, drums, etc, would overwhelm the concertina and maybe even the accordion.And certainly the bouzouki, which is the engine behind this band. Soundmen groan when they see us coming because of the difficulty of getting a good mix.
And the reality is that younger dancers want it to be loud and expect it. A new generation of contra dancers is being weaned on "techno contras," which use DJs and incredibly loud techno music. Not my cup of tea, but it's drawing lots of new dancers into the contra world.
I've been playing for Shepherdstown Mayday and for the two MOrris teams there for a lot of years, so I should know the tunes!
Edited by Jim Besser, 07 May 2012 - 04:10 PM.