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Swinging On The Gate

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Swinging On
The Gate cover A before breakfast discussion with Tee McDonald led to this wonderfully eclectic mix of fiddle music. Originally conceived as a showcase for the contra dance bands of BACDS, it now provides a tantalizing glimpse into the beautiful music of English country dance as well. Both styles touch my heart, along with the musicians who play them, and I am deeply grateful to BACDS for supporting this wonderful community.
--Rebecca King

For more about BACDS dances and camps,
visit us at http://www.bacds.org

Produced with the financial assistance of the May Gadd/Phil Merrill Endowment Fund of the Country Dance and Song Society.

Executive Producer, Rebecca King
Session Producer, Daniel Steinberg
Recording Engineer, Derek Bianchi
Art Design, Carolyn Cirimele
Back cover photo, Joel King and Kevin Olson

Recorded and engineered at Muscle Tone Studios, Berkeley, CA.

Special thanks to Nick Cuccia, Alan Winston, Tee McDonald, Howard Booster, Craig Johnson, and Charlie Hancock.

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Waltzes Before Breakfast       —       recorded live at BACDS American Week 2011       —       http://AmWeek.org

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Waltzes Before Breakfast cover

Recorded by Marty Brenneis
Produced by Eric Black

Musician and composer George Paul has established a wonderful tradition at the BACDS American Week Dance & Music Camp. For the past few years George, along with various camper musicians, has enchanted early risers by playing waltz tunes, mostly his own compositions, for the dancing and listening enjoyment of those waiting for breakfast to be served. Traditional old-time music has Whiskey Before Breakfast; we have Waltzes Before Breakfast.

In 2011, American Week moved to a new location in La Honda, where the dining hall is also our main dance floor. This meant that George, joined by staff and camper musicians, could continue to play right through breakfast, much to our pleasure and delight!

On the last two mornings of camp in July 2011, Marty Brenneis recorded the early morning waltz music. No special setup, no studio silence, no meticulous rehearsals, no retakes. This recording captures the magic of the moment, complete with the sounds and ambience of the camp dining hall before and during breakfast. Join us as we float spell-bound, enraptured by the beautiful waltz tunes composed by George and Laura, and played with haunting beauty by musicians who dance with their fingers as well as their feet.

BONUS! the sheet music score for all tunes is included on the CD as PDF files. Pop the CD into your computer, and print the PDF files to have sheet music for all these beautiful waltzes.

This CD has three purposes: to capture and disseminate several new waltz tunes never recorded before; to provide AmWeek campers with a memory they can share with family and friends; and to help raise money for the camper scholarship fund. Thank you for purchasing this CD!

And by all means, please join us at camp! BACDS conducts three week-long dance camps each summer, three weekend camps and regular evening dances throughout the year. Information about all BACDS camps and events is available online at http://www.bacds.org

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Waltzes Before Breakfast       —       recorded live at BACDS American Week 2012       —       http://AmWeek.org/

A great gift for your dancer and musician friends!

Cover of More Waltzes Before Breakfast CD

Recorded by Marty Brenneis & Eric Black
Produced by Eric Black

We have a wonderful tradition at the BACDS American Week Dance & Music Camp, held each summer in the redwoods of Northern California. Staff and camper musicians just can't get enough of the beautiful music and sheer enjoyment of playing together. A large group gets up early (or stays up late!) to play waltzes in the dining hall for the dancing and listening enjoyment of those waiting for breakfast to be served. Traditional old-time music has “Whiskey Before Breakfast”; this year we present our second CD, More Waltzes Before Breakfast.

Once again, on the last two mornings of camp, we recorded the early morning waltz music. No special setup, no studio silence, no meticulous rehearsals, no retakes. This recording captures the magic of the moment, complete with the sounds and respectfully quiet enthusiasm of the dancers waltzing in the camp dining hall before and during breakfast. Join us as we float spell-bound, enraptured by the beautiful waltz tunes, every one an original composition by one of the musicians performing.

BONUS! This enhanced CD includes the sheet music score for all tunes on the CD as PDF files. Pop the CD into your computer, and print the PDF files to have sheet music for all these beautiful waltzes.

This CD has three purposes: to capture and disseminate several new waltz tunes never recorded before; to provide AmWeek campers with a memory they can share with family and friends; and to help raise money for the camper scholarship fund. Thank you for purchasing this CD!

And by all means, please join us at camp! BACDS conducts three week-long dance camps each summer, three weekend camps and regular evening dances throughout the year. Information about all BACDS camps and events is available online at http://www.bacds.org

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Chocolates Before Breakfast       —       recorded live at BACDS American Week 2013       —       http://AmWeek.org/

A great gift for your dancer and musician friends!

Cover of Chocolates Before Breakfast CD

Recorded & Produced by Eric Black

It's Here!

The latest in the series of BACDS waltz CDs, “Chocolates Before Breakfast”, is in stock and available for purchase. You can order it here online, or support your local musicians and pick it up at one of our local dances. If you're not in the San Francisco Bay Area, please order here online, and shipping is free to US addresses.

This CD has three purposes: to capture and disseminate several new waltz tunes never recorded before; to provide AmWeek campers with a memory they can share with family and friends; and to help raise money for the camper scholarship fund. Thank you for purchasing this CD!

And by all means, please join us at camp! BACDS conducts three week-long dance camps each summer, three weekend camps and regular evening dances throughout the year. Information about all BACDS camps and events is available online at http://www.bacds.org

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