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Whalsay dances during the inter-war period

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Title - Whalsay dances during the inter-war period
Contributors - William Robertson
Reporters - Peter R. Cooke

Summary - Whalsay dances during the inter-war period.

Willie Robertson tells Peter Cooke about the dances held in Whalsay, starting with the schottische, which was danced when he was a young man. It arrived with the Scotch herring lasses between the wars, when it would be played at their farewell foy [social evening] in Lerwick. During that period, Scotch and Irish tunes were influential.

Other dances included the lancers, quadrilles, the eightsome reel and what was called the Scotch reel, with four standing in a line with the middle two back to back and the group dancing from one side to the other. The latter was very popular in the Isbister hall and was danced to a strathspey such as 'The Braes of Mar'.


Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:01:42
Date Recorded - 1974.01.12
Language - Scots
Genre - Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 38112
Original Tape ID - SA1974.009
Original Track ID - SA1974.9.2
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R



Recording Location:
  County - Shetland
  Parish - Nesting
  Island - Whalsay
  Village - Isbister


Item Location:
  County - Shetland
  Parish - Nesting
  Island - Whalsay

Item Notes - Herring fishing and processing was a major industry and social factor in Shetland in the first half of the 20th century. Hundreds of boats from all over Scotland and the East Coast of England participated along with thousands of female gutters, mainly from the North and North-East of Scotland and the Western Isles, who followed the fleet around the coast of Britain.

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