Annotation:Silver and Gold Two-Step

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SILVER AND GOLD TWO-STEP. AKA – “Silver and Gold.” AKA and see "L'ancien two-steps." Canadian, American; Two Step or Polka (2/4 or 4/4 time). USA; Nebraska, New England. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Christeson): ABB (Messer): AABB (Welling). Tony Parkes and Steve Woodruff (1980) suspect the tune may be of French Canadian origin, however, it was popularized through the 1947 recording by Canadian "down east" fiddler Don Messer, whose band had been playing it since at least 1945 (c.f. CBC Program Schedule, August 17th, 1945). Messer listed it as "traditional." "Silver and Gold Two-Step" is sometimes played for contradances in the northern New England states. Collector Helen Creighton recorded a tune called "Silver and Gold" in 1944 from the playing of James Hamm and Fred Bruhm in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Library of Congress AFS 07268 A04), which may or may not be the same tune.

See also Isidore Soucy's version as "L'ancien two-steps."

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Bob Walters (Burt County, Nebraska) [Christeson].

Printed sources : - R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, vol. 1), 1973; No. 196, p. 145. Messer (Way Down East), 1948; No. 96. Messer (Anthology of Favorite Fiddle Tunes), 1980; No. 183, p. 125. Sannella, Balance and Swing (CDSS). Welling (Hartford Tune Book), 1976; p. 6.

Recorded sources : - Alcazar Dance Series FR 203, Rodney Miller - "New England Chestnuts" (1980. Learned from caller Duke Miller). Apex 26296 (78 RPM), Don Messer & His Islanders (1947). Apex AL-1602, "Down East Dancin' with Don Messer and his Islanders Vol. 2" (1957). Apex AL 1609, "The Best Of Don Messer and his Islanders - P.E.I. Series Volume 2" (1960). F&W Records 1, "F&W String Band." Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40126, Rodney Miller – “Choose Your Partners: Contra Dance & Square Dance Music of New Hampshire” (1999. This version learned from caller Ralph Page, who “probably learned it from a recording made by the Canadian fiddler Don Messer”).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [2]
Hear Don Messer's 1947 recording at [3]
Hear Bob Walters home recording at Slippery Hill [4]

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