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Sharlene Penman (piano), visiting from New Zealand, is the band leader for the 2019 Tea Dance.
Our fiddlers are Sarah Stefanski and Jenny Evans, both local artists.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

24 August 2015 - Scotia End of Summer Dance

Well I am posting out of order again. Oh well, just live with  it if you can.

Scotia had an of Summer Dance party, with live music (Genny Vaughn -piano and Julia Hartman - violin) in honor of three teachers, the late Joan Treble, Shiela Wilson and Freddy Sverdlove. The dances sere all written by them, for them,  a favorite of one of them or first learned from one of them. In other words a thematic  program. So there were minor problems. A few too many 40 or 48 bar dances and sometimes one right next to another- Oh well.

The music was pretty darn good. Even with a occasionally functional sound system they had a decent balance. I do have a complaint, a relatively mild complaint. The tempos varied a bit. In Cadgers the tempo varied within some of the tunes, in a couple of strathspeys the tempo varied as the tunes changed. But not by much. It was always danceable. and only a few people even noticed. Thumbs up for this combo. I'd gladly hire them.

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Jubilee Jig  – (32 J 3) – Leaflet 11
Ferguson's Frolic  – (32 R 3) – J. Treble
A Strathspey for Shelley  – (32 S 3 set) – F. Sverdlove
Cadgers in the Canongate  – (48 R 3) – Bk 9
Sandy Butterly  – (48 J 4) – M.S. Brandon
Birks of Invermay  – (32 S 3) – Bk 16
Blooms of Bon Accord  – (32 R 4) – Drewry

Alice's Request  – (32 J 2) – Goldring
The Professor's Wife  – (32 R 3) – N. Pryce
Drumrossie  – (32 S 3) – S. Wilson
Peat Fire Flame  – (40 R 3) – Drewry
Auld Springs Gees Nae Price  –  (32 S 3) – J. Treble
Roaring Jelly  – (32 J 3) – Foss
Mairi's Wedding  – (40 R 3) – Cosh

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