Langholm Fair

Steve Wyrick

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Actually, I think there's some confusion on this and DanceData may be
incorrect. DanceData specifies a tune called "Langholm Fair" by Ian
Cruickshanks for Indian River Strathspey but looking at Ian's
recording for the dance he actually used Shy Anne, Cutty's Wedding and
Captain Home. I'm guessing that originally, the recorded music for
the dance Langholm Fair (which also does not use a tune named Langholm
Fair) was used for Indian River Strathspey--being that both are 3x32
strathspeys, and there aren't a lot of recordings for that
configuration, although maybe I'm all wrong! At any rate I did a
search for any tune called Langholm Fair a couple years ago and
couldn't turn anything up.

Indian River Strathspey was previously discussed on this list in 2004
(see here for instructions:
http://www.strathspey.org/list/strathspey/archive/msg/38271/ ) -Steve

On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 5:01 AM, Martin Sheffield <xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxx.xxx> wrote:
> 2009/3/20 Margaret Lambourne wrote :
>
>>  Langholm Fair is also a 3 couple set dance, a strathspey, devised by Jean
>> Attwood ...
>
>
> I'm glad someone mentioned this nice little dance
> Reading the previoous messages, I foiund it rather odd that the
> tune, Langholm Fair, should be attributed to some other dance (appropriately
> or not, I cannot say).
>
> Indeed, I am alway surprised to read that some newly-written dance "should"
> be danced to some already well-known tune, epscially if the tune is commonly
> used ofr another better-known dance.
>
> I can understand the desire of a deviser for a pleasant piece of music to be
> used for his dance (if you try out a dance with poor music, the dance will
> likely be rejected), but I feel it is quite presumptuous.
>
> Martin
>
>

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Steve Wyrick -- Walnut Creek, California

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