Contra Dance Music
Tune Books

What follows is the start of a catalog of contra dance music tune books. I've limited myself to print versions and included the most common compilations, tunebooks from specific composers, and tunebooks from a historical or country of origin. I make no claim that I've included all possibilities, so if you are aware of a tunebook that is not on this list and you feel should be, please e-mail me.

  • Mickey Koth has developed an excellent web bibliography of tune collections on the Internet so go there for on-line versions including pdfs.

    Cole, M. M. 1,000 Fiddle Tunes 
    Raven, Michael 1000 English Country Dance Tunes Composer/Publisher
    DiGiuseppe, David 101 Irish Tunes for the Piano Accordion Composer/Publisher
    DiGiuseppe, David 101 Tunes for the Piano Accordion Composer/Publisher Button Box
    Williams, Vivian 141 Brand New Old Time Fiddle Tunes, Volume 2 Composer/Publisher
    Williams, Vivian 151 Brand New Old Time Fiddle Tunes, Volume 1 Composer/Publisher
    Williams, Vivian 169 Brand New Old Time Fiddle Tunes, Volume 3 Composer/Publisher
    Goodin, John 31 Waltzes Composer/Publisher
    Hazzard-Watkins, Ethan A is for Avocado Composer/Publisher Folk Arts Center - Boston
    Conger, Susan Along the River Composer/Publisher Elderly Instruments Great Meadow Music Button Box
    Gitlitz, Paul Anna's Smile Composer/Publisher
    Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club Inc Australian Traditional Dance Tunes Composer/Publisher
    Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club Inc Australian Traditional Dance Tunes, Volume 2, A Swag of Treasures Composer/Publisher
    Barnes, Peter Barnes Book of English Country Dance Tunes, The Composer/Publisher Great Meadow Music Button Box
    Barnes, Peter Barnes Book of English Country Dance Tunes Volume 2, The Composer/Publisher Elderly Instruments Great Meadow Music Button Box
    Levenson, Dan Beyond the Waterfall Composer/Publisher Composer/Publisher
    Murphy, Keith Black Isle Music Composer/Publisher CDSS Button Box
    Murphy, Keith Black Isle Music II Composer/Publisher Button Box
    McQuillen, Bob Bob's Big Book of Waltzes Composer/Publisher Great Meadow Music
    McQuillen, Bob Bob's Note Books, Volume 1 Composer/Publisher Great Meadow Music
    McQuillen, Bob Bob's Note Books, Volume 10 Composer/Publisher Great Meadow Music
    McQuillen, Bob Bob's Note Books, Volume 11 Composer/Publisher Great Meadow Music
    McQuillen, Bob Bob's Note Books, Volume 12 Composer/Publisher Great Meadow Music
    McQuillen, Bob Bob's Note Books, Volume 13 Composer/Publisher Great Meadow Music Folk Arts Center - Boston
    McQuillen, Bob Bob's Note Books, Volume 14 Composer/Publisher Great Meadow Music Folk Arts Center - Boston
    McQuillen, Bob Bob's Note Books, Volume 15 Composer/Publisher
    McQuillen, Bob Bob's Note Books, Volume 2 Composer/Publisher Great Meadow Music
    McQuillen, Bob Bob's Note Books, Volume 3 Composer/Publisher Great Meadow Music
    McQuillen, Bob Bob's Note Books, Volume 4 Composer/Publisher Great Meadow Music
    McQuillen, Bob Bob's Note Books, Volume 5 Composer/Publisher Great Meadow Music
    McQuillen, Bob Bob's Note Books, Volume 6 Composer/Publisher Great Meadow Music Folk Arts Center - Boston
    McQuillen, Bob Bob's Note Books, Volume 7 Composer/Publisher Great Meadow Music
    McQuillen, Bob Bob's Note Books, Volume 8 Composer/Publisher Great Meadow Music
    McQuillen, Bob Bob's Note Books, Volume 9 Composer/Publisher Great Meadow Music Folk Arts Center - Boston
    Stubbert, Brenda Brenda Stubbert - The Second Collection Composer/Publisher
    Stubbert, Brenda Brenda Stubbert's Collection of Fiddle Tunes Composer/Publisher
    Thomson, Ryan Captain Fiddle's Tunebook 2 Composer/Publisher
    Thomson, Ryan Captain Fiddle's Tunes and Variations Composer/Publisher
    Roberts, Alan w/Sande Gillette and Rodney Miller Castles in the Air Tunebook, The Composer/Publisher Folk Arts Center - Boston
    Ungar, Jay and Mason, Molly Catskill Mountain Waltzes and Airs Composer/Publisher
    New England Dancing Masters Chimes of Dunkirk Composer/Publisher
    Keller, Kate Van Winkle and Sweet, Ralph Choice Selection of American Country Dances of the Revolutionary Era 1775-1795, A Composer/Publisher CDSS
    Thomson, Ryan Chord Encyclopedia for 1,400 Fiddle Tunes and Country Dance Melodies Composer/Publisher CDSS
    Stell, Liz and Matthiesen, Bill Civil War Ballroom Band Book, The Composer/Publisher
    Carroll, Liz Collected Composer/Publisher
    Silberberg, Gene Complete - Fiddle Tunes I Either Did or Did Not Learn at the Tractor Tavern , The Elderly Instruments
    Rowsome, Catriona Complete Carolan Songs and Airs Composer/Publisher Elderly Instruments
    Koth, Mickey Connecticut Sound, The Composer/Publisher
    Holenko, John Contra Dance Encyclopedia Composer/Publisher Button Box
    Goodin, John and Sessions, Erik Contratopia Tunebook Composer/Publisher
    Kruskal, Jody Cool Tunes for Hot Dances Composer/Publisher Button Box
    Broome, Adam; Trudel, Jaige; Williams, Nicholas Crowfoot Tunebook, The Composer/Publisher CDSS
    Unger, Larry Curvy Road to Corinth, The/Reckless Reel, The Composer/Publisher
    Gowan, Sarah and Quern, Bill Dancing Between the Notes Composer/Publisher
    Hart, Laurie and Sandell, Greg Danse Ce Soir! - Fiddle and Accordion Music of Quebec Composer/Publisher CDSS Button Box
    Bartlett, Sam Evil Diane Tunebook Composer/Publisher
    Fackler, Paul Fackler Collection, The Composer/Publisher
    Kruskal, Jody Feet in the Clouds Composer/Publisher Button Box
    Ferrel, Frank Ferrel Collection Composer/Publisher
    Silberberg, Gene Fiddle Tunes I Learned at the Tractor Tavern (and Other Places Around Puget Sound) Elderly Instruments
    Brody, David Fiddler's Fakebook Composer/Publisher Elderly Instruments Button Box
    Miller, Randy Fiddler's Throne, The Composer/Publisher Elderly Instruments Great Meadow Music
    Hebert, Donna Fiddling Demystified Composer/Publisher
    Sweet, Ralph Fifer's Delight, The Composer/Publisher
    Pasquarello, Bob Fingers Dancing CDSS
    Gitlitz, Paul Fool's Journey, The Composer/Publisher
    Gitlitz, Paul Giblitz Fancy Composer/Publisher
    Pimentel, Joseph Goldcrest Collection Composer/Publisher CDSS
    Hebert, Donna Hand Made Tunes Composer/Publisher
    Miller, Rodney Hardings All-Round Collection of Jigs, Reels, and Country Dances Composer/Publisher
    MacDonald, Dan R. Heather Hill Collection, The Composer/Publisher
    Gitlitz, Paul Higgs Boson Blues Composer/Publisher
    Jensen, Jonathan Honeysuckle Cottage CDSS
    Gitlitz, Paul Hunters and Gatherers Composer/Publisher
    Barnes, Peter Interview with a Vamper Composer/Publisher Great Meadow Music
    Miller, Randy and Perron, Jack Irish Traditional Fiddle Music, 2nd Ed. Composer/Publisher CDSS Elderly Instruments
    Holland, Jerry Jerry Holland: The Second Collection Composer/Publisher
    Holland, Jerry Jerry Holland's Collection of Fiddle Tunes Composer/Publisher
    King, Julie; Ginsburg, Claude; Bartley, Dave KGB Tune Dossier Composer/Publisher
    King, Julie; Ginsburg, Claude; Bartley, Dave KGB Tune Dossier #2 Composer/Publisher CDSS Folk Arts Center - Boston
    New England Dancing Masters Listen to the Mockingbird Composer/Publisher
    Barnes, Peter Little Couple-Dancemusik Composer/Publisher CDSS Elderly Instruments Great Meadow Music Folk Arts Center - Boston Button Box
    Williams, Phil Mandolin Player's Pastime, The Composer/Publisher
    Milliner, Clare and Koken, Walt Milliner – Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes Composer/Publisher Elderly Instruments
    Moore, Thomas Moore's Irish Melodies Composer/Publisher
    Tolman, Newton F. and Gilbert, Kay Nelson Music Collection, The Composer/Publisher
    Miller, Randy and Perron, Jack New England Fiddler's Repertoire, 3rd Edition Revised Composer/Publisher CDSS Elderly Instruments Great Meadow Music Button Box
    Macfarlane, Peter North Country, Volume 1 Composer/Publisher
    Macfarlane, Peter North Country, Volume 2 Composer/Publisher
    O'Neill, James O'Neill's Music of Ireland Elderly Instruments Button Box
    Levenson, Dan Old-Time Favorites for Clawhammer Banjo Composer/Publisher Composer/Publisher
    Levenson, Dan Old-Time Festival Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo Composer/Publisher Composer/Publisher
    Kolodner, Ken Old-Time Fiddle Style: A Collection of 35 Traditional Appalachian Tunes Composer/Publisher Elderly Instruments
    Walden, Charlie and Plunkett, Patt Patt & Possum's Hoe-Downs, Hornpipes & Hokum Composer/Publisher Elderly Instruments
    Songer, Susan w/Curley, Clyde Portland Collection, The Composer/Publisher CDSS Elderly Instruments Great Meadow Music Button Box
    Songer, Susan w/Curley, Clyde Portland Collection Volume 2, The Composer/Publisher CDSS Elderly Instruments Great Meadow Music Button Box
    Songer, Susan w/Curley, Clyde Portland Collection Volume 3, The Composer/Publisher CDSS Elderly Instruments Button Box
    Sky, Patrick Ryan's Mammoth Collection Composer/Publisher
    Kolodner, Ken Sandbridge Tune Collection, The Composer/Publisher
    Kolodner, Ken Sandbridge Waltz and Slow Air Collection, The Composer/Publisher
    Williams, Phil and Williams, Vivian Songs and Dances of the Oregon Trail and Early Pioneer Communities Composer/Publisher
    Rasmusson, Teri Teri Rasmusson Tune Book Composer/Publisher
    Tidal Wave Tidal Wave Tune Book Composer/Publisher Folk Arts Center - Boston
    Gitlitz, Paul To Have and To Hold Composer/Publisher
    MacDonald, Dan R. Trip to Windsor, The Composer/Publisher
    Laramee, Hank Village Dances, The Composer/Publisher CDSS
    Matthiesen, Bill Waltz Book, The Composer/Publisher CDSS Elderly Instruments Great Meadow Music Folk Arts Center - Boston Button Box
    Matthiesen, Bill Waltz Book II, The Composer/Publisher CDSS Elderly Instruments Great Meadow Music Folk Arts Center - Boston Button Box
    Matthiesen, Bill Waltz Book III, The Composer/Publisher CDSS Elderly Instruments Great Meadow Music Folk Arts Center - Boston Button Box
    Matthiesen, Bill Waltz Book IV, The Composer/Publisher CDSS Elderly Instruments Folk Arts Center - Boston Button Box
    Thomson, Ryan Waltzes for Folk Instruments and Country Dancing Composer/Publisher
    Laufman, Dudley White Mountain Reel Composer/Publisher
    Miller, Randy William Marshall's Scottish Melodies, 2nd Ed. Composer/Publisher

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