By the way, here’s what the dance notation looks like. It’s quite compact, and you need to know the argot to interpret it. Which of course means that there are different interpretations, and sometimes even the same caller will lead a dance differently if they’re at a social dance or a historically informed reenactment.

Salmon Tails up the Water

Time for a little rant. The dance, I don’t have any particular need to vent. This one was composed by 18th century piper and sheepstealer James Allen.

Oh yeah, and I had accidentally turned a one-off borrowing of a mandolin into a long-term loan, so decided to use that before returning it. It’s easier to play than a mandoline.