Dunse Dings A’ reel

Also known as Duns Dings Aa, Dunse Dings A.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

Dunse Dings A' has been added to 23 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Dunse Dings A'
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
ceeg aecA|ceeg a3e|ceeg aecA|B=GGB =g3 d:|
cAeA fAeA|cAeg a3e|cAeA fAeA|B=GGB =g3 d|
cAeA fAeA|cAeg a3e|cAeA fAeA|B=GGB =gdBG||

Six comments

I submit this lovely old tune in polite response to the comments my posting of “Shields Fair” and “Wideopen Lasses” garnered recently.

The Lowland Scottish town of Dunse is famous for having given us the word “dunse” meaning a dullard. This tune is the melody of their town fight song, however, and means Dunse beats or bashes all comers.

I noticed that the meter for reels here is listed as 4/4. I believe thought it is 2/2, isn’t it?

This version is from Kerr’s Collection. It’s undoubtedly published in atleast one of Matt Seattle’s books as well.

The town is known as Duns now; the spelling was officially changed in 1882. My cousin used to run one of the pubs in Duns, and was well-known not only for participating in bar brawls in his own pub, but also for actually starting them 🙂 For more info on the origins of the word “dunce”, see

BTW any chance of getting sheetmusic & midi for this one? It’s already been swamped under a pile of new tunes which have already been converted…

Re: Dunse Dings A’

I wonder if this tune should be in A major, not D? That’s how it’s printed in Kerr’s Merry Melodies vol 2. Otherwise the G naturals don’t make much sense.

Re: Dunse Dings A’

I agree, got10thumbs, it should either be one or the other, not both.