The Shetland Two Step jig

By Frank Jamieson

Also known as Ronald Cooper, Ronald Cooper’s, Ronald Cooper’s Two Step, The Shetland Two-Step.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

The Shetland Two Step has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Shetland Two Step has been added to 43 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: The Shetland Two Step
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
E3|:A3 E2A|c3 A2c|e^de fec|e3 edc|B3 F2B|d3 B3|
b2a g2f|efe dcB|A3 E2A|c3 A2c|e^de fec|e3 edc|
B2c d2e|f2a g2f|efe dcB|1 Afe dcB:|2 A3 A3||
K: D
|:DFA d2e|f2d A2F|DFA def|g2e B3|ccc c2d|e2^d e2f|
gfe dcB|ABA GFE|DFA d2e|f2d A2F|DFA def|g2e B3|
ccc c2d|e2^d e2f|gec ABc|1 d3 d2A:|2 d3 E3||
K: A
A3 E2A|c3 A2c|e^de fec|e3 edc|B3 F2B|d3 B3|
(2ba (2gf|(2ed (2cB|A3 E2A|c3 A2c|e^de fec|e3 edc|
B2c d2e|f2a g2f|efe dcB|A3 ^A3|
K: G
|:B3 G3|D3 B,3|G,B,D GAB|c2A E3|c3 A3|E3 C3|
A,^CE A2G|FAF D2^A|BdB GBG|DGD B,DB,|G,B,D GAB|c2A E3|
FFF F2G|A2^G A2B|cAF DEF|1 G3 ^A3:|2 G3||
2
X: 2
T: The Shetland Two Step
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
E3|:"A"A3 E2 A|c3 A2 c|e^de fec|e3 edc|
"Bm"B3 F2 B|d3 B3|"E"b2 a g2 f|"E7"efe dcB|
"A"A3 E2 A|c3 A2 c|"F#m"e^de fec|e3 edc|
"Bm7"B2 c d2 e|f2 a g2 f|"E7"efe dcB||1 "A"Afe "E7"dcB:|2 "A"A3 "A7"A3||[K:D]
|:"D"DFA d2 e|f2 d A2 F|DFA def|"Em"g2 e B3|
"A"ccc c2 d|e2 ^d e2 f|"Em7"gfe dcB|"A7"ABA GFE|
"D"DFA d2 e|f2 d A2 F|"Bm7"DFA def|"Em"g2 e B3|
"A"ccc c2 d|e2 ^d e2 f|"A7"g ec ABc||1 "D"d3 d2 A:|2 "D"d3 D3||
K:A
"A"A3 E2 A|c3 A2 c|e^de fec|e3 edc|
"Bm"B3 F2 B|d3 B3|"E"b3/2a3/2 g3/2f3/2|"E7"e3/2d3/2 c3/2B3/2|
"A"A3 E2 A|c3 A2 c|e^de fec|e3 edc|
"Bm7"B2 c d2 e|f2 a g2 f|"E"efe dcB|"A"A3 "F#7"^A3||
K:G
|:"G"B3 G3|D3 B,3|G,B,D GAB|"Am"c2 A E3|
c3 A3|E3 C3|"A7"A,^CE A2 G|"D"FAF D2 ^A|
"G"BdB GBG|DGD B,DB,|G,B,D GAB|"Am"c2 A E3|
"D"FFF F2 G|A2 ^G A2 B|"D7"cAF DEF||1 "G"G3 "[-]"^A3:|2 "G"G3||
# Added by Bazza .

Nine comments

This is not so much a jig (hence the 16 bar sections) as a two step for dances such as the Britannia Two Step or Military Two Step, hence the alternative and more common name: The Shetland Two Step.
It was written by Shetlander Frank Jamieson.
In practice after the part in G you would go back to the part in A to finish.

By the way, this transcription is from the playing of Amy Geddes.

Ronald Cooper Jig

I really love playing this tune, its a great one for the box, and when I eventually learnt it I felt great satisfaction.

I was told that the tune was called Ronald Cooper, but the dance devised by Dixie Ingram to the tune was called the Shetland Two Step, and this is how we have the confusion of names.

Ronald Cooper’s Shetland 2-step

Another tune attributed* to Ronnie Cooper (1934-82), Shetland accordionist/pianist. This one has become a favourite among players in an e-session based in Sussex, UK (but with international membership) that has been Zo0m-meeting over the past year or so. I’ve added chords; take or leave as desired.
*I can’t remember where I came across it. The title is a giveaway, of course, but it’s not included in ‘The Ronnie Cooper Collection’, pub. Iris Black & Kenny Cooper, Lerwick, 2013, so I can’t confirm authorship.
It’s listed as a Barndance because there isn’t a Two-Step category.

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Re: Ronald Cooper

This is identical (apart from a transcription error of a low D instead of the low E coming from the D major part back to the A major part) to the setting I posted in 2008 and has the same peculiarities as in the duplets in the E7 run down and the triplet variation in the G major part (all Amy Geddes peculiarities, I believe) so it must have been picked up from this site or from riddellfiddles.scot.

Re: Ronald Cooper’s Shetland 2-step

After I’d posted this I found the other page referred to by Johnny Jay and DonaldK. Seeing the duplication, I have asked Jeremy to remove the one I’d added. (Not sure if I can do so myself).

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