Miss Spence’s reel

By John Anderson

Also known as Lady Spence’s, Miss Spence, Spence’s, Spencie’s.

There are 9 recordings of this tune.

Miss Spence’s has been added to 4 tune sets.

Miss Spence’s has been added to 36 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Miss Spence's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A|d2 AG F2 DF|E =C2 E c3 A|B2 AG F2 D2|D d2 c d3:|
|:e|fafd fafd|egec egec|fafd fafd|egec d3:|

Four comments

My first submission

A simple Shetland tune that can have many variations.
The first Shetland tune I learned, in 1982 from a fiddler who told me that “everyone knows it”.
It doesn’t seem to be that well-known now, so it must be time for a revival.
There’s quite a variation in the way fiddlers hit the C natural, often times with a “Scotch snap”

And, of course, the second C in bar 2 should be natural as well.
I believe this is often played after Da Ferry Reel and Lay Dee at Dee.


“John Anderson of Voe, 1759” - source = “Da Mirrie Dancers”, published 1970.

Re: Miss Spence’s

Has anyone else noticed a similarity with Union Street Session in the first bar or so? I found myself getting mixed up after revisiting the tune after some time.