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Historical Weekend Stats

October 26th, 2015
contra, music

I found some pages where dance weekends list the bands and callers they've booked over the years:

I used these to try to get a better sense of how the popularity of bands and callers have changed over time. Only Atlanta had data from before 1990 so I started with that year, and I excluded anyone who only called/played once in the dataset, then I looked at it in five-year chunks. Counts (n=N) are the full number of slots in that period, including those played by performers that didn't play often enough to make the main list. Full data is at the bottom of this post.

The main thing I noticed was that the busiest callers are about twice as busy as the busiest bands. I don't know if this means organizers seeking variety more in music than calling, being more ok flying a single person a long way than a whole band with instruments, or musicians playing in multiple configurations, but it's a big difference.

I'd hoped to have more interesting things to say about this data, but it turns out six weekends just isn't enough to shed much light on what happens to the popularity of bands and callers over time.

Bands 1990-1994 (n=15)
2Wild Asparagus
2Hillbillies from Mars
2Fresh Fish
1Uncle Gizmo
1Rodney Miller Band
1Clayfoot Strutters
Bands 1995-1999 (n=34)
5Nightingale
3Wild Asparagus
2Clayfoot Strutters
1Uncle Gizmo
1String Beings
1Rhythm Rollers
1Red Mountain White Trash
1Hotpoint Stringband
1Hillbillies from Mars
1Footloose
Bands 2000-2004 (n=57)
3Reckless Ramblers
3KGB
3Hotpoint Stringband
3Airdance
2Wild Asparagus
2Popcorn Behavior
2Hillbillies from Mars
2Groovemongers
2Flapjack
2Footloose
2Contrarians
2Bag o Tricks
1The Guppies
1String Beings
1Sevens
1Rhythm Rollers
1Red Mountain White Trash
1Phantom Power
1Nightingale
1Moving Violations
1Latter Day Lizards
1Fetchin Cat
1Clayfoot Strutters
Bands 2005-2009 (n=70)
4Notorious
3Syncopaths
3Plum Creek String Band
3Latter Day Lizards
3KGB
3Great Bear Trio
3Footloose
3Avant Gardners
2Rhythm Rollers
2Nightingale
2Moving Violations
2Lift Ticket
2Hillbillies from Mars
2Elixir
2Crowfoot
2Brittany Bay
2Black River Ironworks
2Airdance
1The Guppies
1Sevens
1Phantom Power
1Moving Violations
1House Red
1Hotpoint Stringband
1Groovemongers
1Flapjack
1Fetchin Cat
Bands 2010-2015 (n=84)
6Elixir
4Perpetual e-Motion
3Great Bear Trio
4Gallimaufry
3Syncopaths
3Maivish
3Latter Day Lizards
2Clayfoot Strutters
3Crowfoot
2Notorious
2Magic Foot
2Giant Robot Dance
2Free Raisins
2Contra Sutra
2Coffee Zombies
1Wild Asparagus
1Rodney Miller Band
1Red Mountain White Trash
1Lift Ticket
1House Red
1Footloose
1Black River Ironworks

Note: including the Dandelion Romp (Oberlin) confuses this data a little because they tended to have an affiliated band they would book every year. So Plum Creek String Band / Black River Ironworks / Gallimaufry show up as very popular on this list, but wouldn't show up at all if you removed Oberlin.

Callers 1990-1994 (n=15)
2Steve Zakon-Anderson
1Tony Parkes
1Scott Higgs
1Lisa Greenleaf
1Larry Edelman
1Kathy Anderson
Callers 1995-1999 (n=33)
3Robert Cromartie
3Kathy Anderson
3George Marshall
3Cis Hinkle
2Lisa Greenleaf
2Becky Hill
1Tony Parkes
1Susan Kevra
1Sue Rosen
1Steve Zakon-Anderson
1Scott Higgs
1Mary Devlin
1Laurie Andres
1David Kaynor
Callers 2000-2004 (n=61)
5Lisa Greenleaf
5Cis Hinkle
4Kathy Anderson
3Joseph Pimentel
3Peter Amidon
3Becky Hill
2Tony Parkes
2Steve Zakon-Anderson
2Seth Tepfer
2Scott Higgs
2Mary Devlin
2Larry Edelman
2George Marshall
2Beth Molaro
1Suzanne Giradot
1Susan Kevra
1Sue Rosen
1Robert Cromartie
1Laurie Andres
1Kathy Anderson
1David Kaynor
1Carol Ormand
Callers 2005-2009 (n=69)
9Nils Fredland
5Seth Tepfer
4Cis Hinkle
3Sue Rosen
3Robert Cromartie
3Lisa Greenleaf
3Joseph Pimentel
3Gaye Fifer
3Carol Ormand
3Beth Molaro
2Scott Higgs
2Rob Harper
2Rick Mohr
2Adina Gordon
1Suzanne Giradot
1Susan Kevra
1Mary Devlin
1Kathy Anderson
1Becky Hill
Callers 2010-2015 (n=82)
7Seth Tepfer
7Nils Fredland
4Gaye Fifer
3Susan Kevra
3Steve Zakon-Anderson
3Scott Higgs
3Lisa Greenleaf
3Diane Silver
3Cis Hinkle
3Adina Gordon
2Sarah Van Norstrand
2Rick Mohr
2Luke Donforth
2Kathy Anderson
2George Marshall
2Erik Weberg
2David Kaynor
1Sue Rosen
1Carol Ormand
1Beth Molaro

I also made stats for the whole period, though this exaggerates the popularity of older callers and bands because they've had more years to be counted. And then it's distorted the other way because the data covers more weekends for the most recent decade. But here it is:

All-Time Bands (n=231)
8Wild Asparagus
8Nightingale
8Elixir
7Latter Day Lizards
7Hillbillies from Mars
7Footloose
6Syncopaths
6Notorious
6KGB
6Great Bear Trio
6Clayfoot Strutters
5Hotpoint Stringband
5Airdance
5Crowfoot
4Rhythm Rollers
4Perpetual e-Motion
4Moving Violations
4Gallimaufry
3Red Mountain White Trash
3Reckless Ramblers
3Plum Creek String Band
3Maivish
3Lift Ticket
3Groovemongers
3Flapjack
3Black River Ironworks
3Avant Gardners
2Uncle Gizmo
2The Guppies
2String Beings
2Sevens
2Rodney Miller Band
2Popcorn Behavior
2Phantom Power
2Magic Foot
2House Red
2Giant Robot Dance
2Fresh Fish
2Free Raisins
2Fetchin Cat
2Contrarians
2Contra Sutra
2Coffee Zombies
2Brittany Bay
2Bag o Tricks
All-Time Callers (n=220)
16Nils Fredland
15Cis Hinkle
14Lisa Greenleaf
14Seth Tepfer
12Kathy Anderson
9Scott Higgs
8Steve Zakon-Anderson
7Robert Cromartie
7George Marshall
7Gaye Fifer
6Susan Kevra
6Sue Rosen
6Joseph Pimentel
6Beth Molaro
6Becky Hill
5Carol Ormand
5Adina Gordon
4Tony Parkes
4Rick Mohr
4Mary Devlin
4David Kaynor
3Peter Amidon
3Larry Edelman
3Diane Silver
2Suzanne Giradot
2Sarah Van Norstrand
2Rob Harper
2Luke Donforth
2Laurie Andres
2Erik Weberg

The data is collated in this sheet if you're curious, but some spelling corrections I've made didn't make it back into there.

(Sorry about the sorting: I don't know an easy way to sort in descending numerical order by ascending alphabetical order. And this way some people that are always last get to be first.)

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