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Message 37066 · Chris1Ronald · 18 Nov 2003 17:41:11 · Top

" St Columba's Strathspey is enormously popular down here at the moment -
on every programme!" - Andrew Buxton, Brighton (UK)

Someone mentioned that this dance was unpublished, but I believe it can be
purchased as a leaflet from TAC. Perhaps the proceeds are still going to the
hospice...?

By the way, the leaflet says nothing about music: Is there any generally
accepted tune for the dance down your way, Andrew?

Chris, New York.

St Columba's Strathspey (was help required)

Message 37070 · George Meikle · 18 Nov 2003 19:23:41 · Top

Chris,

The correct tune is Challenger Lodge which was composed by Sadie Gillan.
The dance was co-devised by Sadie Gillan and Vicky Sproule.

If you want a copy of the tune, let me know and I will try to send you one.

George Meikle
Lothian Scottish Dance Band

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris1Ronald@aol.com [mailto:Chris1Ronald@aol.com]
Sent: 18 November 2003 16:41
To: strathspey@strathspey.org
Subject: St Columba's Strathspey (was help required)

" St Columba's Strathspey is enormously popular down here at the moment -
on every programme!" - Andrew Buxton, Brighton (UK)

Someone mentioned that this dance was unpublished, but I believe it can be
purchased as a leaflet from TAC. Perhaps the proceeds are still going to the

hospice...?

By the way, the leaflet says nothing about music: Is there any generally
accepted tune for the dance down your way, Andrew?

Chris, New York.

St Columba's Strathspey (was help required)

Message 37074 · Brian Charlton · 19 Nov 2003 00:45:58 · Top

G'Day All,

For those without the benefit of a 'live' musician, there are 3 recordings
listed in DanceData. Colin Dewar's (on Special Requests Vol I) uses
Challenger Lodge as the lead tune, together with The Rowan Tree, Mary
Hamilton of Auchincruive, The Boatie Rows and John Roy Lyall.

For those who would like something 'challenging' with the Corner Pass and
Turn movement (plus the Tourbillon, mentioned recently), try the following:

Turbulence
A 40 bar Strathspey for 5 couples in a 5 couple longwise set
by Brian Charlton - Devised 14 March 1996

1-8 First couple with second couple, third couple with fourth couple, set
and link, then dance four hands round to the left to finish in the side
lines.

9 -16 All couples dance a five-couple "Eddy". They all join hands and
advance for two steps, retire for one step and all set to the left for one
step. All then pass the person opposite them by the right and curve to the
right, second, fourth and fifth couples to return to first, third and fifth
places while the first and third couples continue to pull their right
shoulders back to finish in the middle. First lady is between the second
couple facing second man, first man facing the fourth lady, back to back
with third lady who is facing fourth man, third man between the fifth couple
facing fifth lady.

17 - 24 First lady dances a right shoulder reel of three with second couple,
first man and third lady dance a reel of four with fourth couple and third
man dances a right shoulder reel of three with fifth couple. First and
third couples finish passing left shoulder to face first corners (first man
facing fourth lady, first lady facing second man, third man facing fifth
lady and third lady facing fourth man)

25 - 28 First and third couples dance "corner pass and turn" with second
corners, first and third couples passing right shoulders to face second
corners.

29 - 32 First and third couples dance "corner pass and turn" with second
corners, first and third couples pass right shoulders to finish in the side
lines, first couple in second place, third couple in fourth place.

33 - 40 First couple with fourth couple, third couple with fifth couple
dance the "Tourbillon".

Repeat from new places.
The movement "Corner pass and turn" is by John Drewry, and described in the
Notes in The Bankhead Book Part 3. The dancing couple pass the corners they
are facing who dance towards the centre. The corners turn right hand on bar
2 and dance back to place on bars 3 and 4 as the dancing couple pass the
corners, again by the right shoulder, to the centre of the dance.
The Tourbillon progression is by Barry Priddey and is described in the
Silver Rose Book. The first and second couples half turn with two hands and
open out so that the first couple dances down the ladies' side and the
second couple dance up the men's side (2 steps). Both couples set on the
sides. First and second couples then half turn partners with two hands and
open out so that the second couple dance to opposite sides in first place
while the first couple dance to opposite sides in second place (2 steps).
Both couples cross over giving right hands.
"The Eddy" is a movement devised by Mary-Jane Lawrie for her dance "The
Selwyn Strathspey". As originally devised it was for three couples and has
been adapted for five couples in this dance.

Brian Charlton,
Sydney, Australia.

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris1Ronald@aol.com [mailto:Chris1Ronald@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 19 November 2003 3:41 AM
To: strathspey@strathspey.org
Subject: St Columba's Strathspey (was help required)

" St Columba's Strathspey is enormously popular down here at the moment -
on every programme!" - Andrew Buxton, Brighton (UK)

Someone mentioned that this dance was unpublished, but I believe it can be
purchased as a leaflet from TAC. Perhaps the proceeds are still going to the
hospice...?

By the way, the leaflet says nothing about music: Is there any generally
accepted tune for the dance down your way, Andrew?

Chris, New York.

St Columba's Strathspey (was help required)

Message 37075 · Andrew Buxton · 19 Nov 2003 10:13:55 · Top

Chris,

I couldn't reply until I checked at home - meanwhile others have
answered about the music. We have it on Colin Dewar's Special Requests
1 and Ian MacPhail Scottish Dances Volume 5. The instructions are
typewritten with a date "15th February 1985" and a note "for St
Columba's Hospice, Boswell Road, Edinburgh".

Andrew

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris1Ronald@aol.com [mailto:Chris1Ronald@aol.com]
Sent: 18 November 2003 16:41
To: strathspey@strathspey.org
Subject: St Columba's Strathspey (was help required)

" St Columba's Strathspey is enormously popular down here at the moment
-
on every programme!" - Andrew Buxton, Brighton (UK)

Someone mentioned that this dance was unpublished, but I believe it can
be
purchased as a leaflet from TAC. Perhaps the proceeds are still going to
the
hospice...?

By the way, the leaflet says nothing about music: Is there any generally

accepted tune for the dance down your way, Andrew?

Chris, New York.

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