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DANCING FEET. Scottish, Reel. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was composed by Pipe Major G. S. MacLennan (1883-1927), a bagpiper revered in Highland circles. Supposedly MacLennan spontaneously composed the tune while playing a dance in Inverness. He was piping out the reel "Sandy Duff" when he found himself playing this tune, which he called "dancing feet" in honor of the dancers. MacLennan's son has said this was the tune his father was playing on a practice chanter at the time of his death, from lung disease.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: MacLennan (Highland Bagpipe Music, book 1), 1929.

Recorded sources: Flying Fish FF-250, Battlefield Band - "Home is Where the Van Is" (1981. Heard by Battlefield Band bagpiper Duncan MacGillvray as a boy from the playing of his father). Green Linnet GLCD 1081, The Tannahill Weavers - "Dancing Feet."




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