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Taught/practised on: 2012 September 23rd
ROARING JELLY (J8x32)  Hugh Foss  Glendarroch SD Sheets  1- 8 1s cross RH, cast 1 place, cross RH & cast (Man up & Lady down) into centre  9-16 1s+2s+3s circle 6H round & back (1s end in centre) 17-24 1s change places RH & dance to right into Figs of 8 (Lady round 2s as 1M dances round 3s) 25-32 1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides giving RSh to 2nd corners & cross RH to places
The tune 'Roaring Jelly' is also known as 'Smash the Windows'. There has been a persistent rumour that both titles refers to plastic explosives. While that makes a good story, the tune and its titles predate the explosives by about 80 years. It is more likely that the "jelly" title refers to the rolling boil required for cooking jellies and jams. It was often used as the accompaniment for the country dance "The Haymakers' Jig" an Irish ancestor of the American contra dance "The Virginia Reel." Gelignite (aka gelly), a blasting gelatine, has been used in mining operations since around the turn of the last century. Roaring gelly was used, one presumes, by Scots miners comforted at day's end by the eponymous tune. Listen to it -- can't you hear a lilting upward blast on the A part, followed by the delicate fall of the rubble in the B part? No? Try another single malt and listen again... Alan Gardiner & his band have recorded Roaring Jelly as 1st tune in an 8x32 bar jig as The Flying Scotsman on Scottish Dance Vol.7.
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