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Miss Spence

This reel is from Shetland.

The Fiddler’s Companion website has information from Peter Cooke (1986) that the tune was composed by John Anderson of Voe in 1759. He played it to the Neven of Windhouse family at Reafirth at a Christmas party.

The majority of ladies present were 'Miss Spences' and the reel adopted their name.

Hear 'Miss Spence', played by Aly Bain with the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club.
From Scottish Fiddle Rally 1985-1995. CDTRAX154 (April 1998) Greentrax Recordings.

Listen to a version of 'Miss Spence' performed by the Kiltearn Fiddlers.