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JSS0353
The image of Scott Skinner is not contemporary with the flyer - it was taken prior to 1893. In 1893, Skinner adopted Highland Dress for all performances and publicity.
'Dancie' Sandy Skinner
JSS0354
'Dancie' Sandy Skinner This colourful image shows Skinner's elder brother, Sandy performing the sword dance whilst accompanying himself on the fiddle. The medal pinned to his waistcoat shows that he has won a prize for this already. Dancing masters traditionally accompanied themselves for dancing, and usually taught and played the fiddle at the same time.
Verso of The Chief of Bemersyde
JSS0355
Verso of The Chief of Bemersyde On this note found on the verso of a manuscript version of The Chief of Bemersyde, Skinner gives speed directions for the music: 'Same Tempo as Bovaglie or Oor Highland Queen [both tunes appear in The Harp & Claymore] Blood & Tears. Of course the time is the tempo about 80.'
The Chief o' Bemersyde
JSS0356
The Chief o' Bemersyde Skinner has noted at the bottom of the manuscript: 'A great effort I think. To be played by G [George] Rose Wood & Master Kiloh. A War Sermon - please get it carefully copied and return - when I write for it 'King'.' George Rose Wood (Banff) was Master Kiloh's fiddle teacher. Compare this handwritten version with a published version (JSS0696). Click on the audio link below to listen to Skinner playing this bold pastoral.
An Illustrated Guide to the National Dances of Scotland
JSS0357
An Illustrated Guide to the National Dances of Scotland Title page of D R Mackenzie's dance instruction book.
Introduction to the Illustrated Guide to the National Dances of Scotland
JSS0358
Introduction to the Illustrated Guide to the National Dances of Scotland Introduction page to the Illustrated Guide to the National Dances of Scotland, discussing various forms of national dance.
Preface to the Illustrated Guide to the National Dances of Scotland
JSS0359
Preface to the Illustrated Guide to the National Dances of Scotland Preface to the Illustrated Guide to the National Dances of Scotland., by Donald Richard Mackenzie, intimating that in this up to date guide he will give examples and dance steps of many dances.
Alphabet of Footstep Positions
JSS0360
Alphabet of Footstep Positions This illustrated description of foot positions used in the National Dances of Scotland, has been carefully worked out to differentiate between the left and the right foot. The views are from the rear.
Alphabet of Footstep Positions - Description
JSS0361
Alphabet of Footstep Positions - Description A guide to interpreting the foot positions given on the diagram JSS0361.
Description of the original chain figure of the reel
JSS0362
Description of the original chain figure of the reel Page 1 of 3 of a description of the chain figure when a reel of 4 is danced.

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