Boanie Isle o' Whalsay (2) (Da)
BOANIE ISLE O' WHALSAY , DA. Shetland, Jig. A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. Cooke's 'a' version is from A.W. Johnston's "Old Lore Miscellany" ("Four Shetland Airs"), vol. 5, No. 2, 1912, pg. 80. Cooke theorizes that jig time, while popular in the Shetlands today, was a relatively recent import and addition to the repertoire. "There may once have been a dance genre of which only the tunes have survived--in the 'ambiguous' rhythm which is neither 2/4 nor 6/80--and this finds parallels in the dance repertory of western Norway, but during the past 100 years their tunes have been modernized or 'rationalized', most into reel time, but some into jig time. One should not discount the possibility that some never were dance tunes at all. Twelve of the twenty-one tunes in this category were recorded from one source, John Stickle of Unst, and he, having received most of them as 'listening' tunes from his grandfather, played them rather slowly. However, those which have been taken up and popularized by the Shetland Folk Society are played today as true jigs at a brisk tempo and are frequently used for any dance today requiring music in jig time" (Cooke, 1986).
Printed source: Cooke (The Fiddle Tradition of the Shetland Isles), 1986; Ex. 27a., p. 77.
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