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  • Stella Fogg

    Stella Fogg May 6, 2006, 5:04 p.m. (Message 45178)

    The Gary Strathspey

    This message should be in the Strathspey archives as I believe it was a 
    response to Etienne ozorak.......
    Dear Gary,
    I'm curious to know more about this dance.  I understand that your father 
    composed the Jigtime Polka.  How did it come about being used as the 
    original for the Garry Strathspey?
    Because the Garry Strathspey was invented for me.  This dance was devised at 
    the time of my birth, by a man called Cosh, (only problem was, that he spelt 
    my name wrong!)
    Thanks for enquiring
    BTW.  As you will probably been aware of, the Jigtime polka was written for 
    a TV show, of the same name on which my father and his band played.  But, 
    the tune my father originally wrote for the programme was called "The Bute 
    Polka", and for some reason, he decided to change it.  I don't know if I 
    told you or not, but I managed to get three episodes of "Jigtime" onto 
    video.  One was from 1957, one from 1958 and one from 1962.  There were only 
    the three episodes left in STV's archives, so I count myself lucky!
    Gary Blair (ecosse)
    Stella Fogg
    Richmond, VA
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Seonaid Anderson" <>
    To: "SCD news and discussion" <>
    Sent: Saturday, May 06, 2006 4:13 AM
    Subject: Re: The Gary Strathspey
    >I always thought that it was named after the River Garry which flows near 
    >Pitlochry.  Anyone able to confirm or deny?
    >  Seonaid
    >  Fife, Scotland
    > wrote:
    >  My mistake in spelling. I can never remember if there is one R or 2 and I
    > know Gary Blair spells his name with 1 and the dance refers to him.
    > ---------------------------------
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