Harris Dance reel

Also known as Ceapaval, Skye Dance, Skyedance.

There are 21 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Bird’s Nest (a few times) and The Glass Of Beer (a few times).

Harris Dance has been added to 6 tune sets.

Harris Dance has been added to 83 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Harris Dance
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|: cgge g3a | g2eg gede | cgge g3a |1 gede AGAB :|2 gede a4 ||
|: ~e2dc ~A2GA | ~e2dc ~A2GA | ~e2dc ~A2GA |1 cdcA GAcd :|2 cdcA g4 ||
# Added by bdh .
X: 2
T: Harris Dance
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
c2 ge g2 a2 | g2 eg geed | c2 ge g2 a2 | gede AA A2 :|
e2 dc A2 GG | e2 dc AAAG | e2 dc A2 GG | cdcA GG G2 :|
X: 3
T: Harris Dance
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
c2 g<e f<g a2 | g2 eg geed | c2 g<e f<g a2 | gede AA A2 :|
|: e2dc A2G2 | e2 dc AAAG | e2 dc A2G2 | cdcA GG G2 :|
X: 4
T: Harris Dance
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|"Am"EEDC A,A,A,D | (3EEE DCA,D G,D | EEDC A,G,A,B,| CB,CA, "G" G,G,G,D |
|"Am"EEDC A,A,A,D | (3EEE DCA,D G,D | EEDC A,G,A,B,| CB,CA, "G" G,G,G,B,|
| "C" CGGC GCAC | GCCG GEED | CGGC GCAC |GEDE "Am" A,G,A,B,|
| "C" CGGC GCAC | GCCG GEED | CGGC GCAC GEDE "Am" A,A,A,D|

Fifteen comments

McGoldrick

This is ‘Skyedance’ as I hear it on McGoldrick’s "Wired." Since this is my first attempt at ABC notation I haven’t included much by way of ornamentation.

Feedback will be much appreciated!

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Skyedance

The Patrick McDonald Collection of Highland Vocal Airs, Country Dances or Reels of the North Highlands and Western Isles was first published in 1784 and contains a lot of untitled airs and dances. In the ‘Western Isles’ section there four untitled reels noted as "Skye dance" and a further two noted as "Harris dance". The tune posted here is in fact one of the Harris dances, and possibly now the best known of all six of these tunes.

X:878
T:Harris Dance
S:Patrick McDonald Collection, 1874
Z:Nigel Gatherer
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:C
c2 ge g2 a2 | g2 eg geed | c2 ge g2 a2 | gede AA A2 :|
e2 dc A2 GG | e2 dc AAAG | e2 dc A GG | cdcA GG G2 :|

Other tunes from the Patrick McDonald Collection:

Low Country Dance https://thesession.org/tunes/6222
North Country Highland Dance https://thesession.org/tunes/2365
Maraidh Bhan Og https://thesession.org/tunes/2817

A2…

in the second to last bar, I think.

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… of nigelg’s transcription…

in the comments, that is.

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Skyedance

Quite right, Peter, the second last bar should read
| e2 dc A2 GG |
Sorry about that.

The Harris Dance

This is one of the tunes that Iain MacDonald "The Whaler" taught at Sabhal Mor Ostaig this year. He taught it as the Harris Dance.

Since then Marc Duff played the ‘piping’ version with C sharps rather than C naturals. It certainly takes a lot to get used to it with the C sharps but give it a go - it is fun! :-)

Re: The Harris Dance

"Fun". No its not….

…I suppose you where a cilice?!

Back ‘tae the beggin’ you go old boy!

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Sorry Jamie, your grasp of the English language seemed to slip up on that second line - no more than I would expect for a member of the medical profession!

It is great fun, in an arse-squirmy kind of a way!

And please don’t bring that argument about The Periwig online. You will just make a right fool of yourself. :-D

There is another tune called Skye Dance. I know this one only as Harris Dance. There is a bagpipe setting with (by necessity) C#s and F#s and a few dotted groupings in it. Here is an approximation of it, as learned from The Best of Ossian:

T:Harris Dance
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Amix
c2 g<e f<g a2 | g2 eg geed | c2 g<e f<g a2 | gede AA A2 :|
|: e2dc A2G2 | e2 dc AAAG | e2 dc A2G2 | cdcA GG G2 :|

Well, Skye isn’t very far from Harris, and this might be the reason for the confusion. Just 100-min. journey on the ferry though the departure is sometimes delayed.

But it is still not "Skye Dance" - not originally anyway. Of course now it is on McGoldrick’s album as this that is now the new name and everyone will just have to get used to that.

you can play this on pipes with the C and F naturals if you cross finger.

This tune is also known as Ceapaval - as played on Kris Drever and Eamon Coyne’s new release "Storymap"

Skyedance, X:4

As heard on Caepaval, the title track of the album ‘Storymap’ by Eamonn Coyne ft. Kris Drever (2013)

Re: Skyedance

Also the title track of a 2001 re-release album by Alasdair Fraser and Paul Machlis: same tune, or yet another Skye Dance (Skyedance)?