ConDor: San Diego, CA

March 8, 2013

Band: Pre-recorded music

  Dance Name Author Variants/comments
1 The First of April Thompson 1780  
2 My Lord Byron's Maggot Playford 1701  
3 Heartsease Playford 1651  
4 Hole in the Wall Playford 1698  
5 Gathering Peascods Playford 1651  
6 The Spaniard Thompson 1777  
7 Jacob Hall's Jig Playford 1695 not Cecil Sharp version
8 The Duke of Kent's Waltz 1801  
9 The Hop Ground Preston 1794  
10 The Black Nag Playford 1670  
11 Geud Man of Ballangigh Playford 1696  
12 Well Hall Playford 1686  
13 Yellow Stockings Neal 1726  
14 A Trip to Paris Walsh 1711  

A last-minute gig. One of the organizers of the San Diego Science Fiction convention (ConDor) stopped by our ECD group to advertise their new evening "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Ball." From what I understand, when asked who their caller was, the response was "Caller?" I got recommended, and was contacted about two weeks before the gig.

While that's usually a symptom of an oncoming train wreck, this event went quite well. Hall/sound support was good. And there were about 40 people. About 1/3 had some ECD experience before, including some of our group that got a discount rate. Another 1/3 had a little experience in regency or renaissance, and the final third were new to it, but quite willing.

I programmed on the fly. Several of these dances were done twice through the recorded music. The only shaky ones were one set of "Black Nag," and "Geud Man of Ballangigh."

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