Dancing Feet reel

By G.S. MacLennan

There are 17 recordings of this tune.
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Dancing Feet appears in 1 other tune collection.

Dancing Feet has been added to 11 tune sets.

Dancing Feet has been added to 80 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Dancing Feet
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
c|:a2 (ea) ce Ac|a2 (ea) ce Bc|a2 (ea) ce Ac|faef ceBc:|
|:eA ~A2 (ce) Ac|eA ~A2 (ce) Bc|eA ~A2 (ce) Ac|faef ceBc:|

Thirteen comments

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Would you like to tell us about this tune, please, Gard?

Heeeeeey, isn’t this the tune that sometimes is paired up with Devil in the Kitchen at the same time?!


Too arpeggiated and not enough melody for my liking.

Let me restate or something!

I’ve seen about two or so times where Devil in the Kitchen [Strathspey] is played WITH this tune, Dancing Feet most likely being the harmony or second part or something, but yeah, it doesn’t sound THAT great together but it works out, but then again, I’d have to hear it live instead of in MIDI format. Yes, school.


not to your liking?
I wouldn’t find it too attractive to read either or hear in this context, but luckily I first heard it on a Tannahill Weavers‘ album (+ also on Gerald Trimble(???!!!)’s cistern album?): It’s absolutely elecrifying to hear on the scotspipes at high speed!
hear that and dance!

Gerry on the cistern ?

Glad I never heard that ! 🙂
Composed by G.S.McLennan. Glasgow fiddler Chris Miller wrote another 2 parts to it, but they never really caught on.

Kenny, if you search ebay for “cittern”, it’ll ask if you meant “cistern” - perhaps it does this, anticipating that a lot of bum notes are going to be played….😉

Dancing Feet

I play it in D on the box. It works a treat.

G.S. McLennan wrote what is arguably the finest tune ever written for the Highland Pipe - Mrs MacPherson of Inveran.

He wrote other great pipe tunes too. It is rumoured that when he died, he was playing Dancing Feet on his practice chanter.

This is a great tune, I find it fits in really nicely after mrs macleod of raasay in a set. Also fiddlers can recreate the bagpipe feel of the tune by turning the long low A’s in the second part into triplets.
I don’t know how true this is but my pipe tutor once told me that George McLennan wrote this tune whilst playing for dancers at a party. Aparently they out-danced the tunes he was going to play so he started improvising and this tune was the result.

Dancing to your shadow’s feat

funny to read these comments 6 years later. 🙂 Apart from the distracted spelling, it seems I was in doubt as to Trimble’s real firstname! That must have come about as a result of too many years spent in the wee province I guess! Of course these artists were already credited in full in the Details section but I presumably had not discovered it yet!
I still love this tune and don’t play it enough!


This tune was written by Highland Piper, G.S. McLennan.

…as mentioned by 3 of us above.