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George Hodgson Dance Programs & Repertoire

On this page we look at two George Hodgson evening dance programs, and I asembled a partial listing of George Hodgson's dance repertoire.

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  • Two George Hodgson Dance Programs. These are both called by George Hodgson with largely the same band. One was called at the Emerson Hill School in West Hopkinton in 1997, and the other was called in the Contoocook Library for the same dance group after the Emerson Hill School burned.
  • Partial George Hodgson Repertoire. Here is a parepertoire of George Hodgson's dnces. Although I have several sources, George was always coming up with new (most likely new old) dances, so it's undoubtedly incomplete.
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Two George Hodgson Dance Programs

Two Dance Programs from George Hodgson

Here are two dance programs from George Hodgson. One is from the Emerson Hill School in 1997, and the other is from the Contoocook Library from 2000. Both are for the same dance group, and the band is very similar for both. Be sure to read the previous page first for a description of what an evening at one of George's dances was like; it gives context to these dance programs.


Emerson Hill Square Dance ~ West Hopkinton, 2/8/1997

1

Foxtrot

We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)

2

Foxtrot

Green, Green Grass of Home

3

Waltz

Vaya con Dios

4

Waltz

Tell Me That You Love Me

5

Waltz

Waltz in C

6

Call on

Irish Washerwoman

7

Square Dance

My Little Girl

8

Square Dance

You Can’t Call Everybody Darling

9

Foxtrot

There's a Home in Wyoming

10

Foxtrot

Have You Ever Been Lonely

11

Foxtrot

Whispering

12

Call on

Turkey in the Straw

13

Square Dance

Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane

14

Square Dance

Buffalo Quadrille (Silver & Gold Two-Step)

15

Waltz

When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain

16

Waltz

Are You Lonesome Tonight?

17

Waltz

When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New

18

Call on

Turkey in the Straw

19

Square Dance

Mountain Music Madness

20

Square Dance

If You Knew Susie

21

Foxtrot

Only You

22

Foxtrot

It Had To Be You

23

Foxtrot

Foxtrot #8

24

Foxtrot

It Had To Be You

25

Call on

Turkey in the Straw

26

Square Dance

Head Gents & Corners (Golden Boy)

27

Square Dance

I Want a Girl

28

Waltz

Melody of Love

29

Waltz

Nightime in Nevada

30

Waltz

If You Were The Only Girl

31

Call on, Walkthrough

Irish Washerwoman

32

Square Dance

Little Red Wagon

33

Square Dance

Nelly Bly

34

Polka

Beer Barrel Polka

35

Polka

Pennsylvania Polka

36

Polka

Just Because

37

Intermission

38

Foxtrot

I Get The Blues When It Rains

39

Foxtrot

Jealous

40

Foxtrot

My Gal Sal

41

Foxtrot

My Gal Sal (Continued)

42

Call on, Walkthrough

Soldier's Joy

43

Square Dance

Sheboygan

44

Square Dance

Best Things in Life are Free

45

Waltz

Jeannine, I Dream of Lilac Time

46

Waltz

Blue Skirt Waltz

47

Waltz

Tell Me That You Love Me Tonight

48

Call on

Irish Washerwoman

49

Square Dance

Little Girl

50

Square Dance

Mañana

51

Foxtrot

Dream

52

Foxtrot

Foxtrot #2

53

Foxtrot

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

54

Call on, Set-up

Turkey in the Straw, Set-up

55

Square Dance

Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nelly

56

Waltz

Smile Awhile

57

Waltz

Now is the Hour



Contoocook Square Dance, 6-10-00

1

Waltz

Waltz in C

2

Square Dance

When the Work's All Done This Fall

3

Square Dance

When You Wore a Tulip

4

Foxtrot

Hey Good Looking

5

Foxtrot

Foxtrot in G

6

Foxtrot

Foxtrot in C

7

Square Dance

Three Ladies Chain (Red River Valley)

8

Square Dance

Little Red Wagon

9

Waltz

Wild Irish Rose

10

Waltz

When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New

11

Waltz

Waltz in G

12

Square Dance

Long Way to Tipperary

13

Square Dance

Mañana

14

Square Dance

Mañana

15

Foxtrot

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

16

Foxtrot

Foxtrot in F

17

Foxtrot

Foxtrot in G

18

Call on

Durang's Hornpipe

19

Square Dance

Nelly Bly

20

Intermission

21

Polka

Beer Barrel Polka

22

Polka

Just Because

23

Call on

Soldier's Joy

24

Square Dance

Don't Dilly Dally

25

Square Dance

If You Knew Susie

26

Waltz

Vaya con Dios

27

Waltz

Tell Me That You Love Me

28

Waltz

Waltz in C

29

Call on

Fisher's Hornpipe

30

Square Dance

I Like Mountain Music

31

Square Dance

Sheboygan

32

Foxtrot

Foxtrot in F

33

Foxtrot

I Get the Blues When it Rains

34

Foxtrot

Who's Sorry Now

35

Call on

Turkey in the Straw

36

Square Dance

Best Things in Life are Free



Emerson Hill Square Dance ~ West Hopkinton, 2/8/1997

Contoocook Square Dance, 6-10-00

1

Foxtrot

We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)

Waltz

Waltz in C

2

Foxtrot

Green, Green Grass of Home

Square Dance

When the Work's All Done This Fall

3

Waltz

Vaya con Dios

Square Dance

When You Wore a Tulip

4

Waltz

Tell Me That You Love Me

Foxtrot

Hey Good Looking

5

Waltz

Waltz in C

Foxtrot

Foxtrot in G

6

Call on

Irish Washerwoman

Foxtrot

Foxtrot in C

7

Square Dance

My Little Girl

Square Dance

Three Ladies Chain (Red River Valley)

8

Square Dance

You Can’t Call Everybody Darling

Square Dance

Little Red Wagon

9

Foxtrot

There's a Home in Wyoming

Waltz

Wild Irish Rose

10

Foxtrot

Have You Ever Been Lonely

Waltz

When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New

11

Foxtrot

Whispering

Waltz

Waltz in G

12

Call on

Turkey in the Straw

Square Dance

Long Way to Tipperary

13

Square Dance

Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane

Square Dance

Mañana

14

Square Dance

Buffalo Quadrille (Silver & Gold Two-Step)

Square Dance

Mañana

15

Waltz

When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain

Foxtrot

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

16

Waltz

Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Foxtrot

Foxtrot in F

17

Waltz

When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New

Foxtrot

Foxtrot in G

18

Call on

Turkey in the Straw

Call on

Durang's Hornpipe

19

Square Dance

Mountain Music Madness

Square Dance

Nelly Bly

20

Square Dance

If You Knew Susie

Intermission

21

Foxtrot

Only You

Polka

Beer Barrel Polka

22

Foxtrot

It Had To Be You

Polka

Just Because

23

Foxtrot

Foxtrot #8

Call on

Soldier's Joy

24

Foxtrot

It Had To Be You

Square Dance

Don't Dilly Dally

25

Call on

Turkey in the Straw

Square Dance

If You Knew Susie

26

Square Dance

Head Gents & Corners (Golden Boy)

Waltz

Vaya con Dios

27

Square Dance

I Want a Girl

Waltz

Tell Me That You Love Me

28

Waltz

Melody of Love

Waltz

Waltz in C

29

Waltz

Nightime in Nevada

Call on

Fisher's Hornpipe

30

Waltz

If You Were The Only Girl

Square Dance

I Like Mountain Music

31

Call on, Walkthrough

Irish Washerwoman

Square Dance

Sheboygan

32

Square Dance

Little Red Wagon

Foxtrot

Foxtrot in F

33

Square Dance

Nelly Bly

Foxtrot

I Get the Blues When it Rains

34

Polka

Beer Barrel Polka

Foxtrot

Who's Sorry Now

35

Polka

Pennsylvania Polka

Call on

Turkey in the Straw

36

Polka

Just Because

Square Dance

Best Things in Life are Free

37

Intermission

38

Foxtrot

I Get The Blues When It Rains

39

Foxtrot

Jealous

40

Foxtrot

My Gal Sal

41

Foxtrot

My Gal Sal (Continued)

42

Call on, Walkthrough

Soldier's Joy

43

Square Dance

Sheboygan

44

Square Dance

Best Things in Life are Free

45

Waltz

Jeannine, I Dream of Lilac Time

46

Waltz

Blue Skirt Waltz

47

Waltz

Tell Me That You Love Me Tonight

48

Call on

Irish Washerwoman

49

Square Dance

Little Girl

50

Square Dance

Mañana

51

Foxtrot

Dream

52

Foxtrot

Foxtrot #2

53

Foxtrot

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

54

Call on, Set-up

Turkey in the Straw, Set-up

55

Square Dance

Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nelly

56

Waltz

Smile Awhile

57

Waltz

Now is the Hour


Comparing the Dance Programs

I will compare these programs as I did with Duke Miller's programs, starting with general comparisons of characteristics of the programs and then comparimg them in terms of how specific dances fit into the programs. I will also discuss some other factors responsible for some of the differences that I know about because I was there.

General Program Comparison

Probably the most obvious difference is in terms of the total number of dances: 57 at Emerson Hill, only 37 in Contoocook. There are two reasons for the difference.

The recording of the Emerson Hill dance was complete. The Contoocook recording is incomplete. There was only one round dance at the beginning; in fact there were almost certainly at least three. At the end there’s one square. There was almost certainly a second, and the dance would have ended with the same pair of waltzes as the Emerson Hill dance.

Also, the length of the dance had changed. As I remember, the Emerson Hill dance went from 8:00 to 12:00. But when the dance moved it went from 7:30 to 10:30. It had to end at 10:30 because the outside lights went out at that time and it was hard to get to one’s car safely in the dark. As the dancers were overall older by then, no one objected to the time change. So the dance was an hour shorter.

Otherwise the two dance programs were very similar in terms of overall structure and choice of dances. George was always pulling out new dances, although as he pointed out, most of them he’d called for years but hadn’t called in long enough that people thought they were new.

His dances were pretty active, and often fairly complex. He used a grand square as a break or as a figure quite regularly. Many of the waltzes and foxtrots were familiar to me because Marcel Robidas played them. He played for the Bradford dance later on, and I assume that many of those tunes were ones that either he learned from there or that he brought to the dance.

Specific Dance Comparisons

Unlike Duke Miller, George didn’t have specific slots for most of his dances, and a dance could be near the beginning one night and near the end another. The structure of the dance is described in a previous tab. It always started with round dances, ended with the same waltzes, nearly always included Nelly Bly, and generally included a set of polkas. Often they would use the polkas to start the second half of the dance. Frenchy would tap his drumsticks together three times, raise one hand in the air on the fourth beat, and off they’d go.

Partial Dance Repertoire

George Hodgson's Dance Repertoire

George had a large repertoire of squares as well as a number of contras. Here is a list of squares and contras in his repertoire that I clearly remember dancing. His repertoire was constantly changing, and I’m sure I’ve danced many additional dances called by George, and I’m sure there are many more I never heard him call. This list was compiled from two recordings of West Hopkinton dances, a list of dances he called at the Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend and from two tune books associated with George’s calling.

In a letter to George Fogg that George Fogg was kind enough to pass on to me, George Hodgson said that his program was typically three squares followed by three waltzes and then back to three squares. But depending on the dancers he might replace one set of squares with a contra, and he would generally include a foxtrot or a polka here and there in the program.


Square Dances

  • Best Things in Life are Free
  • Bill Bailey
  • Buffalo Gals
  • Buffalo Quadrille
  • Coming Round the Mountain
  • Crooked Stovepipe
  • Darling Nelly Gray
  • Dip & Dive
  • Don’t Dilly Dally
  • Golden Slippers
  • Head Gents and Corners
  • How You Gonna Keep ‘em Down on the Farm
  • I Like Mountain Music
  • I Want a Girl
  • If You Knew Susie
  • It’s a Long Way to Tipperary
  • Just Because
  • Life on the Ocean Wave
  • Little Girl
  • Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane
  • Little Red Wagon
  • Long Pond Chain
  • Ma, He’s Kissing Me
  • Mañana
  • Marching Through Georgia
  • Mention My Name in Sheboygan
  • Mountain Music Madness
  • My Little Girl
  • Nelly Bly
  • Open Up Your Heart
  • Put on Your Old Gray Bonnet
  • Red River Valley
  • Rod's Right and Left
  • Smoke on the Water
  • Solomon Levi
  • Texas Star
  • The Best Things in Life are Free
  • The Route
  • Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie
  • Waltz Promenade
  • Waltz Quadrille
  • When the Works All Done This Fall (Forward Six)
  • When You Wore a Tulip
  • You Call Everybody Darling

Contradances

  • British Sorrow
  • Hull’s Victory
  • Lady Walpole’s Reel
  • Ways of the World


Dances from Other Sources

I used two other sources of information about George’s repertoire. George called for many years with Clarence Goodnow’s Orchestra. The first is George Hodgson’s Manuscript Book of Square & Contra Tunes as Compiled by Clarence Goodnow. The other is George Hodgson’s Book of Tunes & Dances, which I compiled with considerable help from George in 2005.

Here are some additional dances from those sources. I haven’t danced them to George’s calling, but presumably he called them at one time or another. George commented to me at various times that people often got excited at the new dances he would introduce, but in fact they were old dances that he hadn’t called in ten, twenty or more years.

Note that in a few cases I may have included a tune title that didn’t go with a particular dance. There were a number of other tune titles that I’m fairly sure didn’t go with a particular dance and therefore left out.


Square Dances

  • Barnacle Bill the Sailor
  • Bingo
  • Bum Song
  • Camptown Races
  • Captain Jinks
  • Down South
  • First Lady Give Right Hand Across
  • Girl I Left Behind Me
  • Hello Dolly
  • Hinky Dinky, Parlez-Vous
  • Jingle Bells
  • Lady Round the Lady
  • Maple Sugar Gal
  • Oh Johnny
  • Scotland the Brave
  • Skip to My Lou
  • Solomon Levi
  • Spanish Cavaliero
  • This Old House
  • Trail of the Lonesome Pine
  • Wabash Cannon Ball
  • Wait for the Wagon
  • Wheels

Contradances

  • Beaux of Albany

Round Dances

  • Boston Two-Step
  • Gay Gordons
  • Road to the Isles
  • Roberts, The