ceilidh vs SCD

Bryan McAlister

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In article <1x6.158xxx35.2x0x038x@xxx.xxx>, XXxxxxx@xxx.xxx writes
>I am playing for a wedding this coming winter. The bride is American and the
>groom Scottish. They want an hour of ceilidh dances for those Scots coming
>over for the wedding. This is a comment the bride made about dancing at the
>Univ in Glasgow:
>The only other thing I would say about dances, is the people who do
>know what they are doing will know the informal ceilidh way of dancing,
>not the formal Scottish Country Dancing way (ie turns by the arm
>replace reels of three and such). There is a big gulf at university
>between ceilidh goers and Scottish Country Dance Society members.
>We need to work to keep these gulfs from getting too wide.
>Cheers,
>Sylvia Miskoe, Concord NH USA
The gulf exists and it is tragic. Flett notes that in times past there
were a half dozen or so dances that were widely known in various parts
of the country - If my memory serves me correct they included
Petronella, Flowers of Edinburgh, Deil amang the Tailors and a few
others. You certainly couldnt pull these out at a Ceilidh or Wedding
and expect everyone to leap onto the floor today.

Something completely different - Yesterday morning there was a snippet
on Radio Scotland about the old Dancing Masters from the area north of
the Tay - It included the tale of one of these who had a lifelong
ambition to get on the BBC as the Scots music they played wasnt Scots
enough!

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