|Bob "Mr. Mac" McQuillen|
|Born||June 27 1923
February 4, 2014|
Manchester, New Hampshire
|Genres||Folk, Contra Dance, Traditional Dance Music of New England|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, teacher|
|Instruments||Piano, accordion, guitar|
Bob "Mr. Mac" McQuillen (June 27, 1923 – February 4, 2014) was a teacher, musician, and prolific composer of contra dance tunes. His work in the traditional arts was honored when he was recognized as a National Heritage Fellow.
Bob McQuillen took piano lessons as a child, but didn't grow attached to music until after his time as a Marine during World War II. He started going to contra dances in and around Peterborough, New Hampshire, several times a week, and eventually joined the Ralph Page Orchestra. At a contra dance in 1946, he met Priscilla Scribner, whom he married a year later. They had three children, Dan, Rebecca, and William.
Contra dance years
Over the decades that Bob McQuillen was involved in the contra dance community, he wrote more than 1,500 dance tunes, most of which he named after people or events in his life. This began with his first tune, "Scotty O'Neil," named after one of his students who had died. He was the subject of the documentary movie Paid To Eat Ice Cream: Bob McQuillen and New England Contra Dancing in 2001.
Bob McQuillen suffered a massive stroke while at a restaurant on Sunday, January 26, 2014. He was taken to Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he died on Tuesday, February 4, exactly 29 years after his wife.
|?||Ralph Page Orchestra||?||?||?|
|1972||Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra||Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra||F&W Records||LP record|
|1972 or 1973||Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra||The Canterbury Country Orchestra Meets the F & W String Band||F&W Records||LP record|
|1974||Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra||Mistwold||F&W Records||LP record|
|1974||Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra||Contra Dances: The Canterbury Orchestra||CDSS Records||45 rpm record|
|1980||Applejack with Bob McQuillen||Contra Dance Music New England Style||Green Linnet Records||LP record|
|1988, 2003||New England Tradition||Farewell to the Hollow||Great Meadow Music||?, CD|
|1996||Old New England||Old New England||Old New England||CD|
|1997||Bob McQuillen, Laurie Andres, Cathie Whitesides||Hand It Down: Contra Dance Tunes by Bob McQuillen||Avocet||CD|
|1999||Compilation including Old New England||Choose Your Partners! Contra Dance & Square Dance Music of New Hampshire||Smithsonian Folkways||CD|
|2000||Rodney Miller and Bob McQuillen||Pure Quill||Great Meadow Music||CD|
|2002||Old New England||ONE: TWO||Old New England||CD|
|2005||Old New England||ONE: III||Old New England||CD|
|2008||The Rhythm Rollers||Grand Right and Left||Avocet||CD|
|2010||Old New England||ONE: IV||Old New England||CD|
|Guest appearance with Sarah Bauhan||Chasing the New Moon|
|Guest appearance with Sarah Bauhan||The Untamed Grasses|
|Guest appearance with Sarah Bauhan||Lathrop's Waltz|
- Benjamin Marshall House, McQuillen's Dublin home