> If the 2 couple dances were done in 3 couple sets from the start, wouldn't > this problem vanish? I'm noticing an increasing number of 6x(whatever tempo) > arrangements on recent recordings. Also, apparently 6x arrangements used to > be recorded - e.g., I found several nice ones on the Jimmy Shand collection > "King of the Melodeon Men"; surely it wasn't just because of the space > available on the recording medium (or was it?). > > Anyhow, I'd be keen to see 3 couple sets for 2 couple dances become the norm. > > Waiting for the deluge, > > Peter McClure > Winnipeg, MB
Bobby Brown's latest CD, "Any Good Dance, Any Good Tune," is a
perfect answer to this problem, as long as you're willing to dance to
music other than the recommended tunes. The CD contains a
number of non-dance-specific selections of reels, jigs, and
strathspeys. I found it very useful several times last summer
during our "summer dancing" when we only had 3 couples show up.
The CD includes two different 6x32 strathspeys, a 3x32 strathspey,
a 6x32 jig, a 6x32 reel, and a number of "other-than-8-by" sets,
including a 5x32 reel and several 4-bys, including a 4x40 jig.
Personally, I couldn't imagine enjoying dancing Mairi's Wedding,
Reel of the 51st, Irish Rover, or Duke of Atholl's Reel to any tunes
other than the ones we all associate with these dances, but for
most other dances, and for the situation we're discussing here,
Bobby has done us a great favor with this album. I'm sure
TACSound has it.