T: Naanie An' Betty
|:EFGG AGGG|EGGG ECC2|D2EG A2AG|1 AcBd c2cD:|2 AcBd c2cd||
|:eAAc BGG2|e2ge de^fd|eAAc BGG2|1 AcBd c2cd:|2 AcBd c2cD||
There is 1 recording of this tune.
Naanie An' Betty has been added to 3 tunebooks.
A simple Shetland tune which is one of my favorites from “The Silver Bow” by Tom Anderson and Aly Bain. Can’t say much else, as I don’t know a lot about it, but I like the fairly low, sparse first part and the modulation to A dorian in the second part.
The tune is from the island of Whalsay in Shetland, and is said to be a very old reel. Tom Anderson learned it from a John Irvine* and said, “Naanie and Betty were apparently two very good dancers…” (Ringing Strings, Tom Anderson, 1983).
* = In the book Ringing Strings, there is a photograph of John Irvine holding his fiddle, taken in 1954.