Aandowin at da Bow(e)
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AANDOWIN AT DA BOW(E). Shetland, Shetland Reel. Shetland, widely known in the islands. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Hunter, Martin, Martin & Hughes); AABB' (Cooke). A good example of an indigenous Shetland reel, states Peter Cooke (1986), widely known in the islands. Tom Anderson & Tom Georgeson (Da Mirrie Dancers, 1970) relate that it is supposed to have been composed by a fiddler from Muckle Row, Shetland. Anderson also explains the title refers to the action of keeping a fishing boat steady in one place by means of "iddling" with the oars while the lines are out. The 'bowe' referred to in the title is a marker buoy attached to a fishing line. Cooke (1986) prints the following text sung with this dance tune, of more recent composition than the tune and in oral tradition in the Shetlands in the 1970's:
No gaen forward, no gaen trow
Bidin aboot ae place, Aandowin at da bow.
Source for notated version: A. Peterson (Shetland) [Anderson & Georgeson].
Printed sources: Anderson & Georgeson (Da Mirrie Dancers), 1991; p. 24. Anderson & Swing, (Hand Me Doon Da Fiddle); No. 25. Cooke (The Fiddle Tradition of the Shetland Isles), 1986; Ex. 15, p. 65. Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 194. Martin (Traditional Scottish Fiddling), 2002; p. 94. Martin & Hughes (Ho-ro-gheallaidh), 1990; p. 29.
Recorded sources: Topic 12TS379, Aly Bain & Tom Anderson - "Shetland Folk Fiddling, vol. 2" (1978).