Uist Dance reel

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Uist Dance has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Uist Dance
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2 dB dA F2 | D2 dF EF G/F/E | D2 dB dA F2 | GA FA EF G/F/E | D2 dB dA F2 |
D2 dF EF G/F/E | D2 dB dA F2 | GA FA EF G/F/E :|: D/D/D AF/F/ FA D/D/D |
AF/F/ FA D/D/D AF/F/ | FA EF GF E2 | D/D/D AF/F/ FA D/D/D | AF/F/ FA G/G/G AF/F/ |
FA EF GF E2 | D/D/D AF/F/ FA D/D/D | AF/F/ FA D/D/D AF/F/ | FA EF GF E2 |
D2 dB dA F2 | GA FA EF G/F/E |
2
X: 2
T: Uist Dance
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D<D {c}d2 B>d A2 | D<D d>F E>F (3GFE | D<D {c}d2 B>d A2 |
G>AF>A E>F (3GFE :| D>AF>A D>AF>A | D>AF>A E>F (3GFE |
D>AF>A D>AF>A | G>AF>A E>F (3GFE | D>AF>A D>AF>A |
D>AF>A E>F (3GFE | D<D {c}d2 B>d A2 | G>AF>A E>F (3GFE |]
3
X: 3
T: Uist Dance
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2d2 B>d A>F|D2d>F E>F (3GFE|D2d2 B>d A>F|G>A F>A E>F (3GFE:|
(3D/D/D/A (3F/F/F/A (3D/D/D/A (3F/F/F/A|(3D/D/D/A (3F/F/F/A E>F (3GFE|(3D/D/D/A (3F/F/F/A (3D/D/D/A (3F/F/F/A|(3G/G/G/A (3F/F/F/A E>F (3GFE|
(3D/D/D/A (3F/F/F/A (3D/D/D/A (3F/F/F/A|(3D/D/D/A (3F/F/F/A E>F (3GFE| D2d2 B>d A>F|G>A F>A E>F (3GFE||

Eight comments

Re: Uist Dance

Hi Jamie

You’ve provided a rather nice variation on the tune called "Uist Reel" elswhere:
https://thesession.org/tunes/3473

Two of the settings in the above location have the ‘B part’ played first so it isn’t immediately apparent they are the same tune.

Anyways, I like your setting. It goes well with the "G" settings of this tune listed on the JC’s abc site.

Re: Uist Dance

I’m not convinced that "Uist Dance" is the same tune as "Uist Reel". Jamie’s tune is the same as the tune I know as "Uist Dance" and which I first learned from the Scottish group Deaf Shepherd. Let me post their setting…

Uist Dance, X:2

This was recorded by Deaf Shepherd on their 2002 album ‘Even In the Rain’ in a set of strathspeys and reels (Uist Dance/Lady Madelina Sinclair/Grant’s Reel/Dunse Dings A’/Haggs Castle). Although markedly different from Jamie’s setting from Blazin Fiddles above, it is the same tune.

Uist Dance, X:3

Aye, Nigel, the Blazin Fiddles take is pretty much the same as the Deaf Shepherd take. The triplets in the B part are what has caused Jamie’s setting to get stretched to eleven bars due to transcribing issues.
This setting (X:3), I got from Anna Massie. The triplets in the B part are triplets within a triplet but for ease of reading are not notated that way.

Re: Uist Dance

I don’t hear any link between Uist Dance and Uist Reel either. Unless I’m mistaken it was Lunasa who reversed the parts to Uist Reel. Both Patrick MacDonald Collection of 1784 and Eliza Ross Manuscript of 1812 have the lower part first.

Re: Uist Dance

Gotta bow to the wisdom of the crowd on this one. They are different.
Certainly seeing the tune played with that C# slide distinguishes the dance from the reel too.

As for the lack of "any" similarities, however, I’m just gonna make two points:
1) If you change the key of the dance from D to G all the notes fit (except the slide which wasn’t in the X1 setting). 2) Then its simply a matter of combining the G version of the reel (from JC abc site) with the dance by placing one infront of the other. In that form they are similar and sound nice together too.

Re: Uist Dance

DonaldK’s version is more accurate than mine. I would say that his version is correct whereas with mine the timing is a bit off (well, quite a lot off). So if you are going to learn it, learn his version