The Dancing Dustman jig

Also known as The Dancing Dustman Two Step, The Dancing Dustman Two-Step, The Dancing Dustman’s Two-Step, The Dancing Dustman’s.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Dancing Dustman has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Dancing Dustman
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: bgd B2 d | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 A | B^AB e2- e/B/ | d3- d3 |
bgd B2 d | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
FAc f2 e | d2 c A2 F | E^EF B2 A | G3 g3 :|
K: Cmaj
g2 c cde | d2 c g3 | a2 d def | e2 d a3 |
b2 f fga | g2 g g3 | a2 c cde | a2 a a3 |
g2 c cde | d2 c g3 | a2 d def | e2 d a3 |
b2 f fga | g2 g g3 | gag fed | c3 c'3 ||
K: Gmaj
bgd B2 d | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 =A | E3- E3 |
FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 A | B^AB e2 B | d3- d3 |
bgd B2 d | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
FAc f2 e | d2 c A2 F | E^EF B2 A | G3 g3 ||
K: Cmaj
G2 A G2 F | E2 G c2 e | e2 d f2 d | A3- A3 |
B2 ^A B2 c | d2 ^c d2 ^d | e^de a2 e | g3- g3 |
G2 A G2 F | E2 G c2 e | e2 d f2 d | A3- A3 |
B2 ^A B2 c | d2 ^c d2 e | cBc e2 g | c'3 c'3 |]
X: 2
T: The Dancing Dustman
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
"Intro"G3 | FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 A | E^EF B2 A | G3 |]
K: GMaj
P: A
|: d3 |bgd B2 c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 ^A | B^AB e2 B | d3 d3 |
bgd B2 c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 A | E^EF B2 A | G3 :|
P: B
|: G3 |d2 G GAB | A2 G d3 | e2 A ABc | B2 A e3 |
f2 c cde | f2 f f3 | e2 G GAB | e2 e e3 |
d2 G GAB | A2 G d3 | e2 A ABc | B2 A e3 |
f2 f fde | f2 f fde | fed cBA | G3 :|
P: A
d3 |bgd B2 c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 ^A | B^AB e2 B | d3 d3 |
bgd B2 c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 A | E^EF B2 A | G3 ||
P: C
K: CMaj
|: EF^F |G2 A G^F=F | E2 G c2 e | d^cd f2 d | A3 A3 |
B2 ^A B2 c | d2 ^c d2 ^d | e^de a2 e | g3 EF^F |
G2 A G^F=F | E2 G c2 e | d^cd f2 d | A3 A3 |
B2 ^A B2 d | a2 g A2 B | c3 e3 | c3 :|
K: GMaj
"A to finish"d3 |\
bgd B2 c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 ^A | B^AB e2 B | d3 d3 |
bgd B2 c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 A | E^EF B2 A | G3 g3 |]
X: 3
T: The Dancing Dustman
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
P: A
K: G Major
|: Gdg |bgd B2 c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E2 G |
FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 ^A | B^AB e2 B | d3- d2 g |
bgd B2 c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E2 G |
FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 A | E^EF B2 A | G3- :|
P: B
|: G3 |d2 G GG/A/B | A2 G d3 | e2 A ABc | B2 A e3 |
f2 c cde | f2 f f3 | e2 B Bcd | e2 e e2 ^c |
d2 G G2 B | A2 G d3 | e2 A- ABc | B2 A e2 =f |
f2 c cc/d/e | fgf f2e | ff/e/d cBA | G3 :|
P: A
|: d^cd |bgd B2 c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E2 G |
F2 A f2 e | d2 c B2 ^A | B^AB e2 B | d3- dcd |
bgd B2 c | edB GFG | A^GA c2 A | e3- e2 G |
F2 A f2 e | ded cBA | E^EF B2 A | G3 :|
P: C
K: CMaj
|: G2 F |G2 A G^F=F | E2 G c2 e | d^cd f2 d | A3 AcA |
B^AB BcA | d2 ^c d2 ^d | e^de a2 f | g3 EF^F |
GA^F GF=F | EGG ce/f/e | d^cd f2 d | A2 d ^c2 =c |
B^AB B2 d | a2 g fed | cBc e2 B | c3 :|
K: GMaj
"A to close"de/f/g |\
bgd B2 c | edB G3 | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
FAc f2 e | d2 c E2 F | B^AB e2 B | d3- d3 |
bgd B2 c | edB G3 | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
F2 A f2 e | d2 c B2 A | E^EF B2 A | G3 g3 |]

Ten comments

“The Dancing Dustman Two-Step” ~ another composition by Felix Burns

The transcription given has been taken from the playing of Peter Wyper ~ melodeonist!

Here are some possible ways with the parts ~ all recordings I have heard have finised with the A-part:

ABAC ~
AABAC - AABAC - A ~ Wyper
AABBACC ~ Angus Fitchet
AABBAACC ~

This jolly tune has been recorded by many, including Jimmy Shand and his band…

“The Dancing Dustman Two-Step” ~ transcription from Angus Fitchet

X: 2
T: The Dancing Dustman
S: Angus Fitchet
M: 6/8
R: Two-Step
N: AABBACC
N: Intro ~ G3 | FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 A | E^EF B2 A | G3 ||
K: G Major
P: A
|: d3 |
bgd B2 c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 ^A | B^AB e2 B | d3 d3 |
bgd B2 c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 A | E^EF B2 A | G3 :|
P: B
|: G3 |
d2 G GAB | A2 G d3 | e2 A ABc | B2 A e3 |
f2 c cde | f2 f f3 | e2 G GAB | e2 e e3 |
d2 G GAB | A2 G d3 | e2 A ABc | B2 A e3 |
f2 f fde | f2 f fde | fed cBA | G3 :|
P: A
d3 |
bgd B2 c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 ^A | B^AB e2 B | d3 d3 |
bgd B2 c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 A | E^EF B2 A | G3 ||
P: C
K: C Major
|: EF^F |
G2 A G^F=F | E2 G c2 e | d^cd f2 d | A3 A3 |
B2 ^A B2 c | d2 ^c d2 ^d | e^de a2 e | g3 EF^F |
G2 A G^F=F | E2 G c2 e | d^cd f2 d | A3 A3 |
B2 ^A B2 d | a2 g A2 B | c3 e3 | c3 :|

N: Finishing ~
P: A
K: G
d3 |
bgd B2 c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 ^A | B^AB e2 B | d3 d3 |
bgd B2 c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 A | E^EF B2 A | G3 g3 |]

~ dedicated to dancing dustmen, binmen, and women, waste and recyling engineers everywhere… Without your expertise and time we’d be ~ no, I’d better not word-paint that predicament. When your job gets you down, find salvation in music and / or dance. There’s plenty of room for more. Our passions are not as well spread and represented amongst all the many different occupations and vocations out there as I’d like and it could be in danger of the usual excesses and obsessions of centralization… 😎

“The Dancing Dustman Two-Step” ~ variations from the various

AABBAACC ~ & A to finish…

X: 3
T: The Dancing Dustman
M: 6/8
R: Two-Step
P: A
K: G Major
|: Gdg |
bgd B2 c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E2 G |
FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 ^A | B^AB e2 B | d3- d2 g |
bgd B2 c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E2 G |
FAc f2 e | d2 c B2 A | E^EF B2 A | G3- :|
P: B
|: G3 |
d2 G GG/A/B | A2 G d3 | e2 A ABc | B2 A e3 |
f2 c cde | f2 f f3 | e2 B Bcd | e2 e e2 ^c |
d2 G G2 B | A2 G d3 | e2 A- ABc | B2 A e2 =f |
f2 c cc/d/e | fgf f2e | ff/e/d cBA | G3 :|
P: A
|: d^cd |
bgd B2 c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E3- E2 G |
F2 A f2 e | d2 c B2 ^A | B^AB e2 B | d3- dcd |
bgd B2 c | edB GFG | A^GA c2 A | e3- e2 G |
F2 A f2 e | ded cBA | E^EF B2 A | G3 :|
P: C
K: C
|: G2 F |
G2 A G^F=F | E2 G c2 e | d^cd f2 d | A3 AcA |
B^AB BcA | d2 ^c d2 ^d | e^de a2 f | g3 EF^F |
GA^F GF=F | EGG ce/f/e | d^cd f2 d | A2 d ^c2 =c |
B^AB B2 d | a2 g fed | cBc e2 B | c3 :|

& to close ~
P: A
K: G
de/f/g |
bgd B2 c | edB G3 | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
FAc f2 e | d2 c E2 F | B^AB e2 B | d3- d3 |
bgd B2 c | edB G3 | A^GA c2 A | E3- E3 |
F2 A f2 e | d2 c B2 A | E^EF B2 A | G3 g3 ||

Dancing Dustman

In England, he is dancing as the idle toe-rag only has to come round once a fortnight!!

😉 ~ alternate weeks

Yes, here too, but he comes every week, only alternating collections. We have ‘recycling’ here in Lancashire, and four different bins… One week it is grey or brown with the yellow lidded bin, and the other week it is brown or grey with the red lidded bin…

Don’t blame the bin folk, it’s the council’s doing, cutting back on services while charging us more… They still work a full week, just larger areas and less of them to do it… 😏

“Traditional Scottish Fiddling:

A Player’s Guide to Regional Styles, Bowing Repertoire and Dances"
Compiled by Christine Martin
Taigh na Teud, 2002
ISBN: 1-871931-38X

http://www.scotlandsmusic.com/
http://www.scotlandsmusic.com/tutors.htm

Page 47: "The Dancing Dustman"
A very curious suggested sequence ~ ABACCA
A = 16
K: G Major
bgd B2 ^c | edB G2 B | A^GA c2 A | E6 | ~
B = 16
K: C Major
g2 d cde | d2 c g3 | a2 f def | e2 d a3 | ~
C = 16
K: C Major
G2 A G2 F | E2 G c2 e | e2 d f2 d | A3- A2 A | ~

While I’m happy to recommend this book and most of the output of ‘Taigh na Teud’, some of the tune transcriptions have problems and are best used with support ~ an instructor, a well informed friend and other resources ~ in print and recordings…

“Traditional Scottish Fiddling” ~ Page 47: Two-Step

This is a fast ballroom dance of American origin. It became popular in the 1890s and spread to Europe about 1900, and remained popular until replaced by the one-step and foxtrot shortly before World War I. The term ‘two-step’ was often used for the foxtrot in Europe during the 1910s. The steps, to a quick-quick-slow rhythm in each bar, were done with a gliding skip similar to that of the polka. The term also came to refer to the type of tune to which the dance was originally performed, with a characteristic skipping rhythm in 6/8 and a light, springing melody.

At ceilidh dances in the Highlands today the Military and Boston two-steps are some of the most popular dances and are mostly danced to modern two-steps such as ~ "The Dancing Dustman"…

The Dancing Dustman

Another great tune by Burns. I’m a sucker for these tunes that have great key changes in them.