Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Shetland Fiddler

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

SHETLAND FIDDLER (R4x32) 4C set Robert M Campbell Farewell My Fancy

1- 8 1s petronella turn and set as 2s move up and set, 1s+2s RH across 1s end BtoB facing 2s
9-16 1s+2s dance reel of 4 across 1s end passing RSh to face out on opposite sides (1s in 2nd place and 2s in 1st place)
17-20 1s+3s ½ turn on sides with nearer hand to change places, 1s dance round each other LSh to face out opposite sides (1s in 3rd place)
21-24 1s+4s ½ turn on sides with nearer hand to change places, 1s cross RH to 4th place own sides
25-32 4s+1s dance Double Fig of 8 (4s in and down to start)

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


Dance Information

Hjaltadans Stone Circle, near to Houbie, Shetland Islands, Great Britain. This stone circle is well hidden in the moor to the north of Skutes Water.

The story goes that the two central stones were a fiddler and his wife who were entertaining a group of trows and were interrupted in their music making by the rising sun which turned them all to stone.

Shetland Fiddler Image
Shetland Fiddler


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Text from this original Hjaltadans article on Wikipedia.
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