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The Buckie Loon

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THE BUCKIE LOON (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Bill Zobel and Muriel Johnstone Dancing On Air

1- 8 1s+2s set, dance ½ RH across. 1s+3s set, dance ½ LH across. (2)(3)1
9-16 Reels of 3 on sides (1M+3L and 1L+3M pass LSh). 1L finishes in 3rd place facing out
17-24 1L followed by 1M casts up behind 3M and across to 2nd place opposite side. 1s turn LH. (3s step down). (2)(1)(3)
25-32 2s+1s+3s dance down nearer hands joined. Bar 28 Ladies dance under partner's arm to change sides and all dance back up to place. 213

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


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In an obituary to Alex Jappy, a prominent musician in Toronto, and later in Vancouver for many years, it was stated that he was from Buckie, on Moray Firth. The obituary quotes his wife Ruth saying he was a Buckie Loon forever. Coincidentally, we have a Scottish visitor at the moment [April, 2019] who knew Alex well. I asked her: "What exactly is a Buckie Loon?" She said that's just the dialect from that area of Scotland. Loon is a common word for man. A woman in the dialect is a quine. (She pronounced it something like "queenie").

So the dance The Buckie Loon, simply references a chap from Buckie. No doubt devisors Muriel and Bill had a particular Buckie loon in mind, and I think it might be Bill Zobel himself. I've a vague memory of him self-identifying as a Buckie loon at TAC summer school one year.

Dance Information by Rob Lockhart, Toronto.

Buckie is a burgh town (defined as such in 1888) on the Moray Firth coast of Scotland.

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