"Is there a confusion in pronounciation and spelling and they are really
talking bout Orcadian STW?"
Sylvia Miskoe, NH USA
This does seem possible. At my son's wedding (which happened a couple of
weeks ago, in Edinburgh) the ceilidh band did a standard STW and then towards the
end of the evening did an 'Orcadian' STW.
By the way, the event went very well, and a 'thank you' to everyone on the
list who helped me anticipate which dances would be likely to be done. For the
record, the repertoire consisted of: Gay Gordons, St. Bernard's Waltz, Dashing
White Sargeant, Strip the Willow, Virginia Reel, Canadian Barn Dance,
Eightsome Reel, Military Two-step, Orcadian STW, and a circle dance (Circassian
Circle, I think). One or two of the couple dances were danced first in the standard
way, and then progressively, changing partner at each repetition. The evening
ended with a rousing rendition of 'Loch Lomond', the happy couple swinging in
the middle, while everyone else was holding hands in a big circle around
them, singing along and periodically advancing and retiring.
Chris (back in New York, but leaving shortly for Pinewoods)