How often has it happened to you that you have met a fellow
Strathspey-correspondent for the first time face-to-face (often after
a lot of e-mail contact)?
It has happened to me a few times. There was for example Anselm and
Ian McHaffie. I have missed Marjorie McLaughlan a couple of times now
- but live in hope.
It happened again last weekend when I stumbled across Malcolm and
Helen Brown at the Rechberg weekend.
When I commend Malcolm as a real gentleman and an excellent dancer it
has absolutely no connection with the fact that he slipped me copies
of the Dunnington Collection dance books (after all, I have a hungry
database to support!)
Talking of which - if you happen to have an advanced group which shows
signs of getting too big for it's boots, then try them with The
Thormanby Strathspey from the above collection, volume 1. Written by
Duncan Brown, it has a nice variation on reels-of-three with people
changing from one to the other. Judging by the effect it had on the
course participants on Sunday, it might have a subduing effect!
After doing this dance, I mentioned to Elke the possible result of
trying this on my lot. We agreed that, if they were to find this too
easy, then we could always throw "The Scamp" at them again. Seconds
later, Eric (Finley - the teacher) asked us to make up sets for the
next dance ... you guessed it!
Fun and confusion for all!
Thanks Malcolm, and also Eric, Robert and Sound Company for a great