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"... this would be an ideal addition to the library of any fiddler."
- Paul Anastasio, Fiddler Magazine, Winter 06/07

Leslie "Red" Raber was born March 14, 1911 in Allegan County, Michigan. He played old-time, Michigan-style, dance fiddle for 80 years from age 10 until his death in 2000 at age 90. Les played in a time when respect for one's partner was the primary consideration on the dance floor. The music he learned from his grandfather and neighbors was lively and spirited, yet relaxed and graceful, giving a person plenty of opportunity to enjoy the dance and their partner's company.

The Les Raber Memorial Foundation is dedicated to preserving the music of Les Raber and promoting old-time dance fiddling in Michigan through the production of books and recordings and the presentation of programs and performances about Les Raber and Michigan fiddling. Ask about the Les Raber Memorial Foundation.

The 5th edition (2013) of the Come Dance With Me tune book is a must-have item for any lover of old-time fiddle tunes. Its 228 pages contain a biography of Les, pictures, anecdotes from friends, an interview of Les and Varsal Fales by Eliot Singer and 182 tunes from Les's repertoire in standard notation with chords. These include original compositions by Les, old-time favorites, rare pieces from Gems of the Ballroom and several tunes from his grandfather that have never before been published.

All proceeds from the sale of Les Raber items go to the Les Raber Memorial Foundation for the preservation and continuation of old-time Michigan fiddling.

The tunes in the tunebook are:

Acrobat's Reel, The
Alexander's Reel
All Hands 'Round Quad. fig. 3
Among The Clouds
Arkansas Traveler
Barbara Polka
Beautiful Dreamer
Big Sandy River
Bill Bailey
Bill White
Billy in the Lowground
Black Velvet Waltz
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
Boom Quadrille fig. 4, The
Bridal Jig, The
Buffalo Gals
By Heck
Cabri Waltz
Caledonia Quadrille
Charmaine
Clarinet Polka
Cub Berdan Jig
Cub Berdan Quadrille
Dan Ried
Darktown Strutter's Ball
Darling Nellie Gray
Death Valley Waltz
Detroit Schottische
Devil's Dream, The
Dill Pickle Rag
Douglas' Favorite Hornpipe
Dreamy Melody
Drifting and Dreaming
Dummy Song, The
Durang's Hornpipe
Efterkaelken
Farmer's Reel, The
Fascination Quadrille fig. 3
Fisher's Hornpipe
Fisherman's Favorite
Forester's Hornpipe
Free From Care Quad. fig. 1
Free From Care Quad. fig. 3
Girl I Left Behind Me, The
Golden Eagle Hornpipe
Gordon's Waltz
Grampa Raber's
Grandad Raber's #1
Grandad Raber's #2
Grandad Raber's #2 variation
Grandad Raber's #3
Grandad Raber's Two-Step
Green Mountain Waltz
Hasselby Steppen Polka
Haste to the Wedding
Hastings Breakdown
Heel & Toe Polka
Helena Polka
Home Sweet Home
How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm
I'm Not So Young As I Used To Be
In The Garden
Irish Trot, The
Irish Washerwoman, The
Jane Kaylor
Jane Oaker
Jig in A
Jimmy's Favorite Jig
Johnson Rag, The
Jolly Girls
Julida Polka
Just So Quadrille fig. 1
Just So Quadrille fig. 3
Kentucky Waltz
Leather Britches
Les Raber's Schottische
Les Raber's Two-Step
Les Raber's Unfinished Waltz
Lewis Demski
Liberty
Life On The Ocean Wave
Little Burnt Potato
Little Gem Polka
Little Red Barn
Liverpool Hornpipe
Lloyd Kilts
Maggie Brown's Favorite
March of St. Timothy
Margie
Mason's Apron
Miller's Reel
Missouri Waltz
Money Musk
Moon Over Lake Erie
Moonbeam Waltz
Mountain Belle Schottische
Mrs. Torrey's Two-Step
Muskrat Ramble
My Best Girl Quad. fig. 1
My Little Girl
Naughty Boy Schottische
New Money Musk
Niskayuna Ramble
Oh! Susanna
Oh, You Beautiful Doll
Old Hickory
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Opera Reel
Orlie Smith's Tune
Over the Waves
Pap & Mam
Park Avenue
Peek A Boo Waltz
Pig Ankle Rag
Pigtown Fling
Pretty Baby
Princess of Wales, The
Put Your Little Foot
Raber's Reel
Ragtime Annie
Ramona
Ramsey Schottische
Ramsey Waltz
Ranger Waltz
Red Haired Boy
Red River Waltz
Redwing
Repasz Band March
Rickett's Hornpipe
Right & Left Six
Rosemary
Russ Craven's Schottische
Rusty Nail
Rye Waltz
Sally Waters
Seamus O'Brien
Shenaniquh's Hornpipe
Silver Star Hornpipe
Slip Away Schottische
Smiles
Snow Waltz
Soldier's Joy
Somewhere My Love
Sophrinia
Southwind
Star Over Norway
Stewart Carmichael
Still On The Hill
Stolen Sweets
Stone's Rag
Sunday
Temperance Reel
Tenstrike Quadrille fig. 1
Tenstrike Quadrille fig. 3
Tenstrike Quadrille fig. 4
There's Something Nice
Ticknor's Reel
Turkey in the Straw
Unknown 2
Unknown 3
Unknown 4
Unknown 7
Unknown 8
Unknown 9
Unknown 10
Unknown 12
Unknown 13
Unknown 14
Unknown 16
Unknown 20
Unknown 21
Unknown 22
Varsal's Tune
Wake Up Susan
Waltz You Saved For Me, The
When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New
Whispering
Whistling Rufus
Willow Waltz
Wooster Oddity
You Can't Break My Heart
Come Dance With Me
Fair Fiddlers, The
Les Raber's Jig
Raber Waltz
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Les Raber Recordings



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Come Dance With Me...Again!

The Come Dance With Me. . . Again! CD (2007) contains field recordings, homemade cassette recordings and unreleased studio takes of some of the rarest tunes in Les Raber's unique repertoire. The delightful music of Michigan's old-time dance bands and fiddlers in the authentic style is preserved in the repertoire of Les Raber.

All proceeds from the sale of Les Raber items go to the Les Raber Memorial Foundation for the preservation and continuation of old-time Michigan fiddling.

The tunes are:
  1. Unknown #3
  2. Alexander's Reel
  3. Unknown #2
  4. Jane Kaylor
  5. Grandpa Raber's #1
  6. Dan Reid
  7. Unknown #4
  8. Moon Over Lake Erie
  9. Tenstrike Quadrille fig. 1
  10. I'm Not So Young As I Used To Be
  11. Lewis Dembski
  12. Wooster Oddity
  13. Peek-A-Boo Waltz
  14. Naughty Boy Schottische
  15. Grandpa Raber's #2
  16. LLoyd Kilts' Quadrille
  17. Unknown #7
  18. Put Your Little Foot
  19. Irish Trot
  20. Jolly Girls
  21. Orlie Smith's Tune
  22. The Farmer's Reel
  1. Tenstrike Quadrille fig. 3
  2. Fisherman's Favorite
  3. Russ Craven's Schottische
  4. Mrs. Torrey's Two-Step
  5. Right & Left Six
  6. Little Gem Polka
  7. Red River Waltz
  8. Sally Waters
  9. New Money Musk
  10. Unknown #10
  11. Turnpike Reel
  12. Stolen Sweets
  13. Slip Away Schottische
  14. Unknown #16
  15. Rickett's Hornpipe
  16. Shenaniquh's Hornpipe
  17. Unknown #9
  18. Unknown #14
  19. Heel & Toe Polka
  20. Grandpa Raber's Two-Step
  21. Les Raber's Two-Step
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Come Dance With Me...A Little More

The Come Dance With Me. . . A Little More CDs (2003) contain all the tracks from the Come Dance With Me cassettes (1996) PLUS 18 selections from Les's 1986 solo recording Old Time Fiddle including 3 never-before-heard tracks from the studio session that were not included in the final release.

All proceeds from the sale of Les Raber items go to the Les Raber Memorial Foundation for the preservation and continuation of old-time Michigan fiddling.

Volume One:
  1. Raber's Reel
  2. Les Raber's Schottische
  3. Ranger Waltz
  4. Ticknor's Reel (Varsal's Tune)
  5. Darling Nellie Gray
  6. The Bridal Jig
  7. Pap & Mam
  8. Hasselby Steppen Polka
  9. Home Sweet Home
  10. Sophrinia
  11. Jig in A
  12. Gordon's Waltz
  13. Unknown #8
  14. Durang's Hornpipe
  15. Stewart Carmichael
  16. Black Velvet Waltz
  17. Red Wing
  18. Bill Bailey
  19. Cub Burdan Jig
  20. Cub Burdan Quadrille
  21. Ramsey Waltz
  22. Ramsey Schottische
  23. Maggie Brown's Favorite
  24. Among The Clouds
  25. Dill Pickle Rag
  26. Big Sandy River
  27. Green Mountain Waltz
  28. Clarinet Polka
  29. Park Avenue
  30. Grandpa Raber's
Volume Two:
  1. Willow Waltz
  2. The Acrobat's Reel
  3. Little Red Barn
  4. Turkey in the Straw
  5. Leather Britches
  6. Ten Strike Quadrille fig. 4
  7. Seamus O'Brien
  8. My Best Girl Quadrille fig. 1
  9. Moonbeam Waltz
  10. Fascination Quadrille fig. 3
  11. Jane Oaker
  12. Ramona
  13. Just So Quadrille fig. 1
  14. Just So Quadrille fig. 3
  15. Bill White
  16. The Waltz You Saved For Me
  17. Arkansas Traveler
  18. The Rye Waltz
  19. Whistling Rufus
  20. Jimmy's Favorite Jig
  21. Death Valley Waltz
  22. Still On The Hill
  23. Unknown #13
  24. Oh, You Beautiful Doll
  25. Free From Care Quadrille fig. 3
  26. Free From Care Quadrille fig. 1
  27. Rusty Nail
  28. Over the Waves
  29. Wake Up Susan
  30. Devil's Dream
  31. Cabri Waltz
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Come Dance With Me

The original Come Dance With Me cassettes (1996) contain 43 selections in Les Raber's unmatchable style; lively, spirited, graceful and ever mindful of the fact that you're on the dance floor to enjoy yourself.

All proceeds from the sale of Les Raber items go to the Les Raber Memorial Foundation for the preservation and continuation of old-time Michigan fiddling.

Volume One:
  1. Raber's Reel
  2. Just So Quadrille fig. 3
  3. Ranger Waltz
  4. Pap & Mam
  5. Hasselby Steppen Polka
  6. Sophrinia
  7. Jig in A
  8. Gordon's Waltz
  9. Durang's Hornpipe
  10. Stewart Carmichael
  11. Black Velvet Waltz
  12. Cub Berdan Jig
  13. Cub Berdan Quadrille
  14. Ramsey Waltz
  15. Ramsey Schottische
  16. Maggie Brown's Favorite
  17. Among The Clouds
  18. Big Sandy River
  19. Green Mountain Waltz
  20. Clarinet Polka
  21. Park Avenue
  22. Grampa Raber's
Volume Two:
  1. Willow Waltz
  2. The Acrobat's Reel
  3. Little Red Barn
  4. Tenstrike Quadrille fig. 4
  5. Seamus O'Brien
  6. My Best Girl Quadrille fig. 1
  7. Jane Oaker
  8. Ramona
  9. Just So Quadrille fig. 1
  10. Just So Quadrille fig. 3
  11. Bill White
  12. The Waltz You Saved For Me
  13. Whistling Rufus
  14. Jimmy's Favorite Jig
  15. Death Valley Waltz
  16. Still On The Hill
  17. Fascination Quadrille fig. 3
  18. Rusty Nail
  19. Over the Waves
  20. Wake Up Susan
  21. Devil's Dream
  22. Cabri Waltz


Michigan Fiddlers & History

More information about many of Michigan's early fiddlers and their stories can be found at MichiganFiddle.com



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