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    The Ottawa Low Family May 9, 2006, 1:39 a.m. (Message 45202)

    Today, May 8, 2006,  the Ottawa Branch celebrated our 40th anniversary
    by dancing on Parliament Hill to the Peace Tower Carillon. The music
    was played by Mr. Gordon Slater, the Dominion Carilloneur.   Four sets
    warmed up before the Noon hour chimes by dancing Mairi's Wedding to
    bag pipes played by two members of the Branch.  After the tolling of
    the hour we danced Hooper's Jig, the Saltire Strathspey (Book 45,
    devised by Barb Anglin of the Ottawa Branch who also danced it today)
    and the White Cockade.  We should have pictures on our web site some
    time next week.
    
    My question is - Has any one else danced to a Carillon?
    
    This is an excerpt from the web page announcing the monthly programme
    for the carillon which can be found at
    http://www.parl.gc.ca/Sites/Collections//carillon-e.htm
    
    Monday, May 8th, 2006; from 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.
    for a performance on parliament Hill by the Ottawa branch of the Royal
    Scottish Country Dance Society
    
    Scottish Country Dance Medley, Various, arranged by Gordon Slater, 2006 
    Pansonic No. 3, Op. 28, No. 3, for carillon (2000), by Ray Twomey (b.1938) 
    Asleep in the Deep (1920), by H. W. Petrie, arranged by Gordon Slater, 1967 
    
    Bill Low
    Ottawa, Canada
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    John Mccain May 9, 2006, 2:21 a.m. (Message 45203, in reply to message 45202)

    Your dancing sounds like a fun event.
    
    Our group really enjoys the Saltire Strathspey. We used it as a demo 
    dance a couple of weeks ago.
    
    Best, John
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    George Meikle May 9, 2006, 10:42 a.m. (Message 45204, in reply to message 45203)

    John,
    
    I am glad to hear you enjoy the dance and hope the original tune used is
    just as enjoyable - after all it was composed by a great box player!!!!!
    
    You may also be interested to know that the CD for Book 45 also holds 'A
    World First' title in that it was the very first CD to be recorded using a
    'digital' accordion rather than the usual acoustic accordion. The instrument
    used on the recording is a Roland FR7. Who says the RSCDS are behind the
    times? On this occasion they were very definitely at the forefront of
    technology!
    
    George Meikle
    Lothian Scottish Dance Band
    
    > John wrote:-
    
    > Our group really enjoys the Saltire Strathspey. We used it as a demo 
    > dance a couple of weeks ago.

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