Fashion o da Delting Lasses (Da)

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FASHION O DA DELTING LASSES, DA. AKA and see "Duke of Perth." Shetland, Reel. Shetlands, Mainland district. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Tom Anderson (1979) remarked:

Some folk say it dis een is taen fae a Scottish tun caad da "Duke o' Perth." What wy he cam ta Shetland we niver ken bit da fiddlers fan oot it he could be turned in til a Shetland Reel an so dey used him fir dat.

Dey said at da Delting lasses wir awful fine dancers an it becam da fashion ta dance laek dem. Idder eens said dey wir awful fashie so maybe der's a bit o' afftak ida name o' him. Sometimes whin I play him het minds me o' what da auld folk telt me aboot da Bad Day in 1900 whin sae mony Delting men were lost at d fishing, an hoo da lasses stod ida doors o' da hooses aye lippinin to see da boats comin sailin in trow da voe. Efter dat naebody in dat district hed da hert ta dance an onywye maist a what wis left moved awa an noo da h ooses aa stand empty.

Source for notated version: Andrew Peterson (Shetland) [Anderson & Georgeson].

Printed sources: Anderson & Georgeson (Da Mirrie Dancers), 1970; p. 22. Anderson (Haand Me Doon da Fiddle), 1979; No. 46.

Recorded sources: Green Linnet GLCD 3105, Aly Bain - "Lonely Bird" (1996). Philo 1026, "Boys of the Lough" (1975).




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