Wha’ll Dance wi Wattie

Wha'll Dance wi Wattie
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This is another Shetland reel. The title translates simply as ‘who will dance with Wattie?’ I’ve heard it suggested that Wattie was a dancing bear. I’m glad this is not true. The tune is in Tom Anderson’s book, Ringing Strings’ (1983). Anderson says:

‘A traditional reel from the North Mainland of Shetland. Wattie was a seaman who was very fond of dancing. When he was home on leave and attending a local dance his partners had to work very hard to keep pace with him, and the word would go around “Who’ll dance with Wattie now?”’

The Jones Boys play highly accomplished traditional music from Ireland, England, Scotland, Brittany, Sweden, Bulgaria …

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