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Bauldy Bain's Fiddle

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BAULDY BAIN'S FIDDLE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) John Bowie Dickson Lothian Collection

1- 8 1s turn RH, cast 1 place, turn LH 1½ times 2nd place opposite sides
9-16 1M casts up, crosses and casts to 2nd place own side as 1L cast down 1 place, crosses and casts up to 2nd place while 2s+3s dance RH across once round 1s turn LH 1½ times to face 1st corners positions while 2s+3s chase clockwise to opposite corners
17-24 1s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners and ½ reel of 4 with 2nd corners
25-32 2s+1s+3s dance 6H round and back

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

Bauldy Bain's Fiddle
John Bowie Dickson Lothian Collection
Reel 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-4   1s turn by the right and cast;

  5-8   1s turn by left 1½ times, finishing facing out on opposite sides;

  9-12 1s cast to the left, cross and cast to the left again to 2nd place on own sides WHILE 2s3s right hands across, finishing in the side lines;

13-16 2s3s chase clockwise halfway round outside WHILE 1s turn by the left 1¼ times finishing facing first corner positions (1M facing 2M, 1L facing 3L);

17-20 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with first corner positions;

21-24 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with second corner positions, finishing by passing right shoulder to 2nd place on own sides;

25-32 2s1s3s 6 hands round and back.

(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

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This reel, Bauldy Bain's Fiddle, was dedicated by John Bowie Dickson in 1978 to John Armstrong.

In the Lothian Collection the first verse of The Barn Dance - Poem by W. D. Cocker (1882-1970) is quoted.

Hey! for the music o' Baldy Bain's fiddle!
Redd up the barn, a' we'e gie ye a Reel.
In till it, noo! wit a diddle-dum-diddle,
Dod! that's the tune to pit springs in your heel.

Exactly who Bauldy Bain or Baldy Bain was, seems to be lost in time.

Fiddle On Barn Door
Fiddle Hanging On Barn Door

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