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Mason Williams | They Went & Danced the Night Away

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They Went & Danced the Night Away

by Mason Williams

A country / classical hybrid novelty tune. Spoken word + instrumental tracks.
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. They Went & Danced the Night Away (feat. Barry Patton)
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They Went & Danced the Night Away was originally a twin fiddle + dobro + country band tune that I wrote in 1992. It was called Pump Handle Dancing. Pump handle dancing is a term used to describe the way rural couples danced way back when. As they danced, they more or less rocked back and forth, pumping their arms up and down in the process like using a water pump.
In this version of the song I’ve added a narrative and Art Maddox has arranged the tune for (4) violins, (2) violas, string bass, rhythm guitar & bones.
I used the country idioms “he/she went” and “he up and said” in the narrative, because of the country fiddle tenor of the melody. There’s a whole “passel” of “bodacious” southern country words I might explore in subsequent versions.
I think of it primarily as a performance piece, but this 2nd draft has made it one to listen to as well. In this 2nd draft of the tune, I’ve used Barry Patton at the narrator / storyteller & bones player.
The rhythm and high string guitars (Rick Cunha), bass (Mark Schneider) are real musicians, leaving only the (6) midi / sampled strings.
In a performance, the fiddlers could also “dance” (moving somewhat as they play). Staging details would have to be choreographed for a live performance. The narrator / percussionist and the double bass player would (I assume) be more or less stationary.
As a stage performance piece, it’s “old timey” feeling could incorporate frontier day dances such as the Virginia Reel / square dancing / clogging / & even modern day line dancing / etc.
Choreography wise, the Barry Patton narrative & music tracks recording could be played and dancers with violins and violas could mime the fiddlers playing.
Also spotlight reveals might work into it as well. Some have said it could also be an animation with fiddles, violins & violas interacting?
In the never ending quest for something original, this Country / Classical Hybrid spoken word novelty tune tries to break new ground!

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