I have had the music on 33rpm since the late 1950's and the sheet music
since about the same time. It was very frustrating to try to interpret
those few lines of 18th century dance instructions and believe that
everyone else would come up with the same dance.
>From the mid-1960's until 1992 I tried to devise an alternative dance that
would fit the 48 bar music. (I think I have a folder of rejects thicker
than all the Drewry published leaflets.)
Finally I came up with one that had the dancers laughing and clapping.
It's 'Mrs. Watts Teakettle', in my book Kitchen Capers. Sylvia Miskoe has a
tape, Tartan Stew, that includes all the dances from the book. Her
band's rendition of Mrs HP will get you up and into a set for dancing
even if you were going to sit one out!
On Tue, 22 Jul 1997, M Sheffield wrote:
> William wrote: > > >P.S. It all goes to show you shouldn't choose dances for a program > >just for their tune!! > > So now I know why Mrs HB appeared on one of the recent CDs ! > > It surprised me, as I cannot recall the dance ever turning up on a program, > though i remember the tune from way back on a 45 rpm by Jimmy Blair. We > used to use it in my energetic youth-- twice through, it was just long > enough for an Irish 8-hand reel. > > Yours, > Martin, > Grenoble, France. > ------------ http://perso.wanadoo.fr/scots.in.france/ -------- > > > -- > M Sheffield <firstname.lastname@example.org> > >
Priscilla Burrage Vermont US