Person Sylvia Miskoe 1135

Location
Concord, NH, USA
Areas of activity
  • Deviser of dances
  • Publisher of dance descriptions
  • Composer of tunes
  • Musician (or band)
Member of

Music play an important part in Silvia's life from early on. With about 10 years of age she learned the piano. In college time she started playing the accordion and was playing for square and contra dancing.

She joined the NH Scottish Dancers in 1954. At that time it was common to dance to recordings from Scotland. Even in the early 1970 when there was a growing number of good musicians around, Scottish dancers still resisted hiring locals, preferring their recordings from Scotland. There was the opinion prevailing that to play SCD music you needed to be a born Scot. Finally, Silvia and others were able to convince the Branch to hire Angus Mackinnon, a well known Scottish band leader, to give a workshop about how to play for Scottish Country Dancing.

After that, four musicians, Silvia (accordion), Cal Howard (bass), Allan Chertok (drums), and Ralph Jones (flute), founded the first SCD band on East Coast, which was later named The White Cockade.

Please also read Silvia's interview at the Maine Fiddle Camp for lots of interesting information.

NameTypeShapePublication
HiddenNamePublisherYearDancesTunes
Cross-Country Capers Cross-Country Capers Burrage, Priscilla / Miskoe, Sylvia 1996
Kitchen Capers Kitchen Capers Burrage, Priscilla / Miskoe, Sylvia 1992
SortNameNameTypeArtist(s)AlbumMediaClipTunes
Amelia's Waltz Amelia's Waltz W The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan CapersCD [S] Amelia's Waltz
Auld Toon o' Ayr, The The Auld Toon o' Ayr S32 8 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan CapersCD [S] The Auld Toon o' Ayr/The Earl of Angus and Arran/Schiehallion
Beal's Reel Beal's Reel R40 5 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan CapersCD [S] Whimsey/Miskoe's Reel/Far Frae Hame
Beatles' Reel Beatles' Reel R32 4 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan StewMC [S] Major Bill/Minor Syl
Campbell's Frolic Campbell's Frolic J32 8 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band The White CockadeMC Campbell's Frolic/The Mozart/Balcomie House
Concord Wedding Concord Wedding S64 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band The White CockadeMC Wee Sammy/Master Francis Sitwell
Cool as a Cucumber Cool as a Cucumber J32 3 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan CapersCD [S] de Martelly
Corn Rigs Corn Rigs R32 8 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band The White CockadeMC Corn Rigs/Mrs MacDouall Grant/Miss Mary Douglas
Crockett's Victory Garden Crockett's Victory Garden R32 4 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band The White CockadeMC Gaspe Reel/Dublin Hornpipe/Tara's Reel
Gay Gordons Gay Gordons X16 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan StewMC [S] Captain Cameron
Hairy Mary Hairy Mary R32 8 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan CapersCD [S] Four in One/Father Francis Cameron/Brumley Brae
Hey, Johnny Cope Hey, Johnny Cope R32 8 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band The White CockadeMC Hey, Johnnie Cope/Whimsey/Come Let Us Dance and Sing
Hunting Horn Hunting Horn J32 8 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band The White CockadeMC Tam's Hunting Horn/Tami Lane/The Scottish Bugler
Icebreaker Icebreaker J32 8 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan CapersCD [S] First Try/Princess Margaret's Jig/Rock Valley Jig
Madeline's Rant Madeline's Rant S32 8 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan StewMC [S] Hamilton Hall/Scotch Mist/Rose among the Heather
Memories Memories R32 8 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan CapersCD [S] Mrs Jean Cameron/Bill Cormack of Blair/The Dunkeld Volunteers
Mrs Watt's Teakettle Mrs Watt's Teakettle R48 8 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan StewMC [S] Mrs Hepburn Belches of Invermay/The Lass o' Gowrie/Miss Campbell
Myrtle and Joy Myrtle and Joy J32 6 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan StewMC [S] Miss McPherson Grant of Ballindalloch's Jig/The Craigellachie Lasses/Quickstep
Old Mill, The The Old Mill J32 8 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan StewMC [S] The Hundred Pipers/Miss Stewart of Bombay/Larry O' Gaff
Perfect Ending, The The Perfect Ending S40 4 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan CapersCD [S] The Fiddler's Joy/Lime Hill/Athole Brose
Pinewoods Medley Pinewoods Medley M64 4 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan CapersCD [S] Kinloss/Dumfries Lasses/Mr Douglas of Springwood Park/I Gaed a Gate awa Fu Yestreen
Piper's Leg, The The Piper's Leg J32 5 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan CapersCD [S] The Piper's Leg/Electric Jig
Queen City Strathspey, The The Queen City Strathspey S32 3 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band The White CockadeMC Scotch Mist/Hamilton Hall/Irene's Fancy
Round Reel of Eight Round Reel of Eight R88 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band The White CockadeMC Miss Murray of Lintrose
Seashells Seashells R40 8 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan StewMC [S] The Saratoga Hornpipe/Fisher's Hornpipe/Rickett's Hornpipe
Set of Jigs Set of Jigs J32 8 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band The White CockadeMC Pleasures of May/Doug's Jig/Fair Jenny's Jig
Sins of My Youth, The The Sins of My Youth S32 5 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan StewMC [S] The Perthshire Volunteers/The Kail Pot/The Scotsman in America
Stoner House Stoner House J32 4 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Celebrate Fifty Years of Dancing with the Boston BranchCD [S] A Dance for Sylvia/Lady Elizabeth Cole's Reel/Countess of Loudoun's Reel
Strathaven Strathaven S32 3 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan StewMC [S] Red Plaid/Woodbridge Strathspey/Willie Blair, Queen Victoria's Fiddler
Sugar on Snow Sugar on Snow S32 3 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan StewMC [S] Laoidh an t'Slanuidhfear/The Braes of Mar/Miss Douglas
Sweet Basil Sweet Basil R32 8 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan CapersCD [S] Miss Thompson/Henrietta Hornpipe/Edward Jay's Jaunt
Tipsy O'er the Glen Tipsy O'er the Glen S32 8 The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan CapersCD [S] Miss Stewart of Grantully/Miss Lyall (strathspey)/Mrs Stewart Nicholson
Waltz Waltz W The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band Tartan StewMC [S] Penobscot Memory
Waltz Waltz W The White Cockade Scottish Country Dance Band The White CockadeMC Bittersweet/Perth Waltz
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