Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Penny Whistle

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

PENNY WHISTLE (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Ann Dix Reel Friends 1

1- 8 1s petronella turn into centre and set while 2s step up and set, 1s+2s RH across and end in line across (1s BtoB in the middle facing opposite partner)
9-16 1s+2s reel of 4 across ending on own sides with 1s in 2nd place
17-24 1s followed by 2s dance 4 slip steps down middle and set, 1s and 2s dance down 1 more step and 2s leading cast up own side
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 penny whistle, also known as the tin whistle, is a simple woodwind instrument with six finger holes and a mouthpiece, typically constructed from metal or wood in the same category as the recorder.

It originated in the early 19th century and gained popularity in various folk music traditions. The instrument's name is derived from its historical low cost, making it an accessible choice for a wide demographic. The penny whistle is characterized by its distinct sound, produced by blowing air through the mouthpiece and manipulating the finger holes to create different pitches.

Its compact size and portability have contributed to its widespread use in folk, Celtic, and popular music genres. Additionally, the penny whistle is often used as an educational tool for beginners due to its simplicity and affordability.

Penny Whistle
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