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  • Jean Martin

    Jean Martin Feb. 3, 2006, 2:46 p.m. (Message 44103)

    Re: The Guid Man of Ballangigh

    Marie et Al
    I agree with Elaine about the English origins of this dance BUT  The Guidman
    of Balangigh was James V of Scotland!
    Jean
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    Subject: Re: The Guid Man of Ballangigh
    
    
    >
    > This one was definitely an English dance fist. The original movements are
    > similar (two people dancing through the other two and back to place in 4
    bars)
    > but the pairings are completely different and it flows  beautifully.  This
    is
    > one of those dances that should have been left as an  English dance.  Not
    > sure how some of these old English dances 'morph' into  a similar but
    different
    > Scottish dancee that usually don't work as well.!
    >
    > Marjorie has the history on this one and often uses this in her classes of
    > English/Scottish similarities and differences etc.
    >
    > Elaine
    >
    >
    > In a message dated 2/3/2006 7:15:15 AM Eastern Standard Time,
    > xxxx@xxxxxxxxxxx.xxxxxxxxx.xx.xx writes:
    >
    > Hi  there, Marie
    > I had no involvement with RSCDS HQ Committees when Book 30 was  produced
    but
    > we danced The Guidman here in Aberdeen.  It was danced as  a SLOW jig and
    > required a lot of control, (cf. The Gentle Shepherd) which  may be the
    reason
    > why it lost popularity.  The instructions I had  originally exactly
    replicate
    > the movements in the Book 30 dance though they  are expressed differently.
    > You mention a different spelling - is it  Balangeich?
    > The dance was a favourite with Tibbie Cramb who was probably on  the
    > Publications Committee at that time.  John Drewry may also have  been on
    the
    > Committee and I'll check with him.
    > Jean Martin
    > -----  Original Message ----- 
    > From: "Marie Disiewicz"  <xxxxx@xxxxx.xxx>
    > To: "SCD news and discussion"  <xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
    > Sent: Friday, February 03, 2006 9:48  AM
    > Subject: The Guid Man of Ballangigh
    >
    >
    > Hi Everyone
    > I would  like to know who was around when the RSCDS produced The Guidman
    of
    > Ballangigh in Book 30.
    >
    > I have the printed music for 3 versions in  The Playford Ball.
    > Three dances all different than the one in Book  30.
    > The spelling is a little different also.
    >
    > I would love to know  the Royal Scottish Country Dance history on this
    one.
    > Cheers
    > Marie from  Surrey B.C.
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