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Band Time Book - Pete Mac

Band Time, the sequel to Band Swing, is designed to be user friendly to musicians, and tunes are written out in a straightforward way, and with phrasing to help callers and dancers. In the Reel, Polka, Jig, Hornpipe and Waltz sections, tunes are arranged so that they can be played down the page. 


Some of the tunes in this book have easier arrangements printed on the opposite page, so that less experienced musicians can contribute to the band and play at normal band tempo.  In workshops, I often suggest that everyone plays the easier version once or twice through, and then the more experienced musicians play the full version, while the less experienced continue with the easier version.  In this way the less experienced will have heard what their tune sounds like before having to play it against the full version.


A chord is shown under each bar, and guitarists, pianists and accordionists etc. should play two vamps or um-chas per bar for reels and jigs.  Where one chord is shown directly above another, the one below is an alternative.  Minor chords are shown as e.g. Amin meaning A minor.


On page 43 you will find a couple of American style reels, Dick's Farewell and Crocker's Reel.  Callers often ask for 7 x 32 bar reels for a square, which would typically be played: chorus, figure, figure, chorus, figure, figure, chorus.  These two tunes work well together when a specific tune for a singing call not required.  Play the first tune for the chorus and the second tune for the figures.      

I hope that you enjoy playing the tunes and sequences in the book!


Pete Mac leads folk dance bands and music workshops, often in conjunction with the Camping and Caravanning Club Folk Dance and Song Group. His main instrument is the piano-accordion and he also plays melodeon and English concertina. He and his wife, Nicole, are enthusiastic folk dancers now live on the south coast at Exmouth in Devon. With Nicole as caller they run the ‘Redwing Barn Dance Duo’, and the ‘Pete Mac Folk Dance Band’.






All the Way to Galway

Amoureuse du Val de Salm, L'

Arkansas Traveller

Athol Highlanders

Atlantic Star, The

Aunty Mary's Canadian Jig

Barley Farm Fiddler

Bear Dance, The


Blaydon Races

Bold O'Donahue

Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine

Bonny Kate

Bonny Lass

Bouffard's Waltz

Branle des Chevaux

Burning Bridges

Captain and his Whiskers, The

Chanticleer Rag

Charlotte's Jig

Cock of the North

Come Up the Back Stairs

Crocker's Reel

Cupid's Waltz

Curly Headed Ploughboy, The

Dancing Dustman, The

Dark Island, The

Dear Old Donegal

Denis's Hornpipe

Dick's Farewell

Down South

Drunken Sailor, The

Duke of Kent's Waltz, The

Farewell to Whisky

Father's Polka

Ferryman, The    

Flop Ear'd Mule


Fraises et les Framboises, Les    

Goodbye Girls I'm Going to Boston


Gypsie Hill Jig

Harper's Frolic

Hebridean Waters


High Country, The

Hogmanay, The

Home Boys Home

Home to Texas

Honey Harbour

Horse's Branle    

Huttons Ambo    

If You're Irish, Come into the Parlour

Irish Rover, The

Ivory Keys

John of Paris †    

Johnny Get Your Hair Cut

Joys of Quebec

Keep that Wheel A-Turning

Landlord, Fill the Flowing Bowl

Lemonville Jig, The †    

Little Brown Jug

Log Cabin

MacNamara's Band

Mademoiselle from Armentieres

March of Saint Timothy

Marjorie's Milestone

Minstrel Boy, The

Miss Sayer's Allemande

Mists of Dornoch

Monck's March


Mount Gabriel Reel

Nelly the Elephant

New York Girls


Oats, Peas and Beans

Oban Bay

Old Rustic Bridge, The

On the Road to Boston

One More Step

Oyster 48

Paddy McGinty's Goat

Pays de Haut

Peat Island

Piper of Lorne, The


Poppy Day Parade

Rattle the Cash

Redowa Sunset

Reel Saint Joseph

Ripple of the Teign

Rollstone Mountain

Rose Tree, The

Runaway Train, The

Russian Cavalry

Scan Tester's No. 2

Scotland the Brave

Set de la Baie Saint Paul

Sheep Shearing

Shetland Step

Sound of Barra, The

South Wind

Southsea Crumble

Speed the Plough

Spinning Wheel

Star Polka

Steamboat Hornpipe (Devon)    

Steamboat Hornpipe (Sussex)    

Stern Polka

Swedish Rhapsody

Tall Poppies

This Old Man

Three Around Three

Turkey in the Straw

Valiant, The

Vandals of Hammerwich, The

Weymouth Quickstep


Whistling Rufus

Wiltshire Six Hand Reel

Wind the Bobbin Up

Winster Gallop

Woodland Flowers




All the Way to Galway

Arkansas Traveller

Blaydon Races

Dancing Dustman, The

Dark Island, The

Duke of Kent's Waltz, The

Enchanted Place

Gay Gordons

Gypsie Hill Jig

Johnny, Fetch Your Wife Back

Miss Sayer's Allemande


Patacake Polka

Pioneer Polka Quadrille

Ploughboy, The

Postie's Jig

Return Again Worthingtons

Ripple of the Teign

Shades of Green

Shoemaker, The

Southsea Crumble

Stern Polka

Three Around Three

Timber Salvage Reel

Twelve Reel

Wiltshire Six Hand Reel

Winster Gallop

Band Time Book - Pete Mac

SKU: AR112
  • Band Time is the long awaited sequel to ‘Band Swing’ and is a tune book arranged for folk dance musicians who like playable tunes which work well together. Edited by piano accordion player Pete Mac, this book is an indispensable source for folk dance band musicians who need suitable playable tunes which work well together. Uniquely, some of the more complicated tunes have alongside them a simpler arrangement for less experienced musicians. Pete is a stalwart of the Camping and Caravan Club Folk Section.

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