Naanie An’ Betty reel

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Naanie An' Betty has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Naanie An' Betty
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|: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||

Two comments

Naanie An’ Betty

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.

Re: Naanie An’ Betty

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.