Strip the Willow

David Mostardi

Message 2369 · 30 Aug 1995 04:19:08 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Elaine Brunken wrote:

> Getting back to Strip the Willow. We always did it as a 6/8 jig when I
> learned it in Scotland. [...]

Learn something new every day. I had no idea there
were different ways to play Strip the Willow (the figures
for which are exactly the same as the "Virginia Reel"
that I learned in fourth grade in Fremont CA -- back when
dancing was painful because girls were icky).

I have only played Strip the Willow in 9/8 time, but I have
done so on several occasions, and in my humble opinion
I don't think most of the dancers would have noticed
had I been playing in 23/16 time. The heck with finishing
at the end of the phrase -- hardly anybody I watched
was dancing on the beat! On the other hand, everyone was
definitely having a good time, so how can I complain?
After a tough strathspey, Strip the Willow can be just
what the doctor ordered.

Maybe next time I'll play an 11/16 Bulgarian kopanitsa and see
if anyone notices. :-)

David

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