> Personally I hate the 6/8 version of strip > the willow as it moves too fast (OK, a 2 bar one armed turn is fast, but a > series of them is frantic).
We play for ceilidhs every so often here in Germany (various people want to
have something special for their weddings and such) and »Strip the Willow« is
always near the top of the list of dances that are done. It does not matter
in the least that people (especially Germans doing it for the first time)
will make a complete and utter mess of it -- usually you have five minutes of
total mayhem on the floor and then they want to do it again immediately.
Just for the record, we always play the 9/8 music because we enjoy it so much
(if the dancers can have fun then we're surely entitled to a bit, too) -- but
at ceilidhs in Scotland I have only heard 6/8 jigs for StW.