I thought the videos on this site were kinda neat. Gives context to some of the fiddle tunes. Theres some instructional videos of different dances and music. Theres also some sheet music of the tunes played with suggested bowings, slurs, etc..
🤣 EXACTLY my point - NO one plays the Virginia Reel for The Virginia Reel!
I always expect quite a few different tunes to accompany a type of dance, but I'm not finding any connection between the Virginia Reel & the dance. Thought maybe The Virginia Reel dance changed/developed as people of different areas adopted it, idk.
The Virginia reel was a popular dance, and in each area there would be slight differences. This has given rise to a large number of dances called the Virginia reel. All of the versions have certain similarities, such as the reel figure.
Music consists of lively old time reel music such as Durang's Hornpipe or Old Zip Coon aka. Turkey in the Straw. Students at the University of Virginia dance the reel to 'The Rattlin' Bog' or 'Scotland the Brave' with variations on the chorus at the annual Colonnade and Restoration Balls. When done with four couples, the record usually used for the song was MacGregor #7345, labeled Virginia Reel (Haste to the Wedding).
I can't find any connection between Haste to The Wedding and Virginia Reel tune, unless they just meant the dance here, too.
So, not a dance tune - just happens to have the same name as a dance (?)
Thank you! Believe it or not, I remember this, but couldn't remember the name of the thread. 😊