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I often hear comments that this dance should be called “Flour o’ the Quern” as a Quern is a grinding stone.
As I understand it (although not a Gaelic speaker), a quern (pronounced ‘kern’) is Gaelic for ‘hollow’.
A verse is included as a dedication in James Scott Skinner’s original sheet music:
The flo-ers grow fair on the lowland vales,
an’ green grow the wids on the braes,
an’ saft an’ low sing the scented gales
in the lang, lang simmer days;
But dearer to me are the mountains blue
where grow the heath an’ fern,
an’ the bonniest flo’er is the ane I lo’e
that blooms ‘mang the braes o’ the Quern.
I believe this verse is by J. Gordon Phillips
This dance is incorrectly categorized in the Overview as a three couple set dance. Whereas it’s a three couple dance in a four couple set. The progression is 2134.
Written for my class by John Robertson of Perth. An excellent 'starter’t to any programme.
One of Eddie West’s excellent dances. Celtic Reels always popular!
The whole class just love this dance. Unusual in a 6 couple set.
A dance worth doing with any class.
An excellent dance to add to a class list of favourites.
One of the best 5 couple dances introduced recently!
Still ‘working’ on this dance with the class. Definitely worth the effort.
An excellent dance and worth the effort to learn!!
A dance worth attempting over and over again until you get it correct!!
Definitely a dance worth attempting with advanced dancers.