Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Jenny Dang The Weaver

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

JENNY DANG THE WEAVER (Musselborough) (R8x32) 2C (4C set) Johnson RSCDS Book 12

1- 8 1M+2L turn RH 1½ times, 1L+2M turn RH 1½ times
9-16 1s and 2s repeat above Fig
17-24 1s lead down, back to 2nd places and turn LH
25-32 2s+1s R&L

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


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

The title of this dance, Jenny Dang The Weaver, relates to Jenny Dang The Weaver - Song written by Sir Alexander Boswell (1775-1822), sung to the earlier air Jenny Dang The Weaver (1733).

Chorus
Jenny dang, Jenny dang
Jenny dang the weaver
But soon the fool his folly kent
For Jenny dang the weaver

Many explanations exist regarding the meaning behind the lyrics. They may reference an argument between the composer's wife and his handy-man; a powered machine called a Spinning Jenny (invented in 1764) that replaced a weaver to produce cloth that could be said to 'dang' or 'beat' him; or it may simply be a song about a weaver who makes unwanted advances toward a lady called Jenny, who turns him down flatly, or 'dangs' him.

Jenny Dang The Weaver Song - Information Video

Jenny Dang The Weaver Image
Jenny Dang The Weaver, From Glen Collection Of Printed Music, Printed Music, Lyric Gems Of Scotland, c. 1856


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