Lay Dee At Dee reel

Also known as Law Dee At De, Lay De At Dee.

There are 10 recordings of this tune.

Lay Dee At Dee has been added to 2 tune sets.

Lay Dee At Dee has been added to 40 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Lay Dee At Dee
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:AB|defe d2d2|ABAG FED2|d2ef gfed|efed cBA2|
defe d2d2|ABAG FED2|d2ef gfec|e2d2 d2:|
|:e2|f2df afdf|afdf g3f|e2Ae ecAc|edcB A3e|
f2df afdf|afdf g3f|efgf edcB|A2d2d2:|

Three comments

Lay Dee at Dee

I first picked up this fine Shetland reel from Aly Bain’s “50 fiddle solos” book, then on his ‘Silver Bow’ CD with Tom Anderson. The abc was taken from JC tunefinder, which also gives the following info:

LAY DEE AT DEE [1]. Shetland, Shetland Reel. Shetland, North Yell. D Major. Standard. AAB (Carlin): AABB (Bain, Martin). Tom Anderson (1978) relates that when Shetland fisherman returned to land from fishing the farther reaches (the Far Haaf) they would sleep in a shared bed in a stone hut called a lodge. “If one took up too much room in the bed he was told to ‘lay dee at dee’ or ‘shift up.’” Christine Martin (2002) uses the tune as an example of a traditional Shetland tune that is often played with ‘ringing strings’ i.e. with drones (two strings played at the same time) throughout. Bain (50 Fiddle Solos), 1989; pg. 39. Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No. 125, pg. 78. Martin (Traditional Scottish Fiddling), 2002; pg. 92. Topic 12TS379, Aly Bain & Tom Anderson ‑ “Shetland Folk Fiddling, vol. 2” (1978).

Common set

In Shetland sessions, this is often played in a set known as the “Yell Reels”, which goes: Ferry Reel - Lay Dee At Dee - Miss Spence’s Reel. Cheers for the post!

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