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Old 10-21-2020, 11:20 AM   #1
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Default Celtic Society from Donald MacDonald Quickstep

It has been a month it feels like since I've played through a Donald MacDonald tune, and I'm hoping to get back to it soon. I recorded a go at The Celtic Society Quickstep for future use on the podcast, but I couldn't find anything about the early days of this society online, other than somewhat vague entries about several Celtic Societies springing up at the oldest Universities in Scotland in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
I'd be really interested in the oldest of these societies, and if anyone knows if this tune is a shared Quickstep for all of them, or just referring to a specific organization.

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Old 10-24-2020, 03:24 PM   #2
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Default Re: Celtic Society from Donald MacDonald Quickstep

I would suspect that it is what is known today as 'The Royal Celtic Society' founded as the Celtic Society in 1820. The timing is about right and they were known for their annual Celtic Ball which would also fit with the tune.

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Old 10-24-2020, 06:12 PM   #3
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Thanks Keith! I was counting on you having an idea, was gonna email you directly about it later today if you didn't post.
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Old 10-25-2020, 02:23 AM   #4
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Here is a link to their 'history' page.

https://www.royalcelticsociety.scot/...blication.html

Their lunch time talk series of lectures are usually held in the National Records of Scotland lecture room, which was fine as I could spend a morning buried in archives then go down to an hours relaxation listening to a lecture. The last one I attended was just before the virus closure of the NRS occurred and my life went into stand-by mode.
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