This is a spirited visit to some of the old dances in New England and with the callers and musicians who make them happen. It features Phil Johnson calling squares in Lebanon, Maine with the Maple Sugar Band; John Campbell and Norman MacEachern at the Canadian American Victory Club in Watertown, MA; William Chaisson and Joe Cormier at the French American Victory Club in Waltham, MA; and Arcade Richard and Victor Albert in Leominster, MA, doing quadrilles; and Charlie Mitchell at the Blue Goose in Northport, Maine, doing contra dances.
Alan Lomax said this film "takes us past the solemn facade of clambakes and town meetings into a lively world of all night dances and local musicians who could have helped Daniel Webster play down the devil".
The film includes performances of seven of the finest traditional musicians in the Northeast including Joe Cormier, Jerry Robichaud, Ben Guillemette, Paddy Cronin, Wilfred Guillette, Harold Luce, and Ron West playing in their lively and distinct Acadian, Irish, Cape Breton, and Quebecois styles.
Sean O Se's long and illustrious career as "a giant of Irish music" has touched all bases in the Irish music business. His unique, unforgettable tenor voice was nurtured in a family of singers. Sean's voice first reached a wide audience in Ireland in the 1960s working with composer Sean O Riada in the group Ceoltoiri Chualann which catapulted Irish traditional music onto the concert stage and into the international arena. The film explores Sean's musical life within the contexts of his deep attachment to the Irish language, West Cork and the Beara peninsula, and his passion for his career in teaching and education administration in Cork City. The film features live performances and interviews with longtime associates from the worlds of music and education.
From the unaccompanied ballads, to lively fiddle tunes, to radio cowboy bands, to square dancing at Moose Hall, The Unbroken Circle traces the path of traditional music in Vermont. Historic photos accompany the words and music of over a dozen Vermont musicians.