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Set 22: Shetland Reels
Da Peerie Hoose Ahint da Burn/Da Mirrie Boys o Greenland/Oliver Jack

Shetland Reels

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Three old Shetland reels. Da Peerie Hoose Ahint da Burn was known as Hae Ye Ony Moorit Oo? in Eshaness, and in North Yell as Da Doonfaa' o' Paris. The tune is a Shetland variant of an English tune, Fay's Hornpipe.

Da Mirrie Boys o' Greenland and Oliver Jack are said to have been brought to Shetland by whale fishing fleets, which would stop in Lerwick harbour to enlist men for the hunt. According to Tom Anderson, a version of Da Mirrie Boys is played in Denmark.


This set and other tunes played at the GFW Monday Slow Session can be found in The Glasgow Slow Session volumes 1 & 2, available from my Online Store.


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