Aa the Ships are Sailing
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AA THE SHIPS ARE SAILING. Shetland, Shetland Reel. Shetland, Nesting.
According to Shetland fiddler, teacher and composer Tom Anderson, the reel was composed at the beginning of the 20th century; it depicts the herring fleet sailing out to the fishing grounds. It was collected in the Shetland village of Nesting.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Anderson (The Ringing Strings), 1983; p. 84.
Recorded sources: Topic 12TS379, "Shetland Folk Fiddling, vol. 2" (1978), played by Anderson and Boys of the Lough fiddler Aly Bain, a Shetland native and friend of Anderson.