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Updated 07/12/2019


Cuttymun & Treeladle

Capt. Simon Fraser printed a Highland version in his 1816 collection as "Bedding of the Bride" and remarked: "[The tune is]] celebrated as 'Cuttymun and Treeladle' in the low country, for exciting the agility of the dancers." He supposed that the term 'cuttyman and treeladle' was known to his readers, as he did not explain further, but he is referencing the tune's being played for vigorous dancing at weddings, and seems to suggest the music briskly stirred (as in a 'short-shaked spoon') the dancers efforts. It may be a derivation of Gallic meaning a short and speedy exit.