T: The Underhill
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Also known as Da Underhill, Da Underhoull.
There are 4 recordings of this tune.
The Underhill has been added to 12 tunebooks.
I’ve a feeling this is really called “Da Underhoull”, in Shetland dialect. It is labelled The Underhill, however, on one of the High Level Ranters’ records of the 1960s, which is how I first heard it.
I don’t know what the name “Underhill” or “Underhoull” refers to, or if it’s a reference to a particular Shetland place.
In all the Sherland recordings of it I have, and in Tom Anderson’s book ‘Da Mirrie Dancers’, it is called simply “Underhill” or “Da Underhill”. Anderson mentions that it is “a tune from the West side”.