Bob McQuillen, grandmaster of New England contra dance piano, and certainly the most prolific living (or otherwise) composer of contra dance tunes, has arranged with Great Meadow Music to have them become the official publisher of his work. They will handle wholesale distribution of his 13 tune books, and six CD’s, as well as any subsequent books or recordings, or licensing of his music.
Conversing with Bob in his Peterborough, New Hampshire home, he expresses great pleasure in being relieved of managing the business details of his significant legacy, and he looks forward to concentrating on the creative side of future projects: a new recording project is underway, and the tunes have not stopped flowing. His most recent book brings his total published compositions to 1,300.
Bob McQuillen is a legend in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire and beyond, and an inspiration for the thriving contra dance and traditional music community. He was presented with the National Heritage Fellowship Award by the National Endowment of the Arts in 2002. This is the nation’s highest honor for folk and traditional artists.
Great Meadow Music is a recording company focused on preserving and promoting contra music and dance. They have released twenty-one CDs featuring the region’s outstanding Contra artists, as well as a documentary film, Together in Time, relating the history of contra music and dance.
Both McQuillen and Great Meadow have established endowments supporting traditional music and dance. McQuillen funded the Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship for young musicians playing traditional New England dance music. It is administered by the Monadnock Folklore Society. Great Meadow established the independently-run Bob McQuillen Musician’s Fund in 2000, which supports the regional contra dance community.
For further information contact Great Meadow Music
Call 603-399-8361 or visit the Website: www.greatmeadowmusic.com