NUT COUNTRY DANCE, THE. English, Scottish; Country Dance Tune (6/8 tme). A Major ('A' part) & E Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "The Nut" was one of the Scottish Country Dances mentioned by Flett & Flett (1964) as being in the teaching repertoire of a Fife dancing master, Alexander Adamson (1859-1939), whose career the authors documented as an example of a typical period instructor. The dance is considered suitable for beginners and requires that balance in line be danced with hands held high. "Nut Country Dance" was entered into the music copybook of John Neilson, a fiddler living in Cuilhill, Scotland, in 1875. There are tunes written in other hands in the manuscript as well.
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Printed sources: Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 71. Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, 1844; p. 36. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880's; No. 1, p. 27. Laybourn (Köhler's Violin Repository, Book One), 1881; p. 63. J. Kenyon Lees (Balmoral Reel Book), Glasgow, 1910; p. 80.
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