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The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) San Francisco Branch has an extensive bookstore available to its members and visitors. We have many items that are produced locally here in Northern California featuring the talented members of the San Francisco Branch.

NEW! We have now implemented online ordering! You'll need a Paypal account, but that will allow you to use a credit card. Try it! If you are ordering from outside the US or Canada, please expect a request for additional shipping costs.

Unless otherwise indicated below, the books and recordings on this page are available by mail order for people outside of Northern California. Dancers in Northern California can pick up these items at monthly parties and workshops. If you'd like to order by mail, send a check payable to RSCDS-SF Branch to:

Jane Muirhead
29292 Harpoon Way
Hayward, CA 94544

Once your check is received, Jane will mail the item to you.

If you are located within the US or Canada, please add $2.25 for shipping for each item. If you are located outside of the US or Canada or if you are ordering more than one item, please email Jane to verify the amount necessary for postage before sending a check.

Jane Muirhead e-mail:

We accept payment in $USD or £GBP. (Checks or cash only, no credit cards unless you're ordering online using Paypal.)

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Recordings

The Berkeley Scottish Players

CD $15.00
A Camp of Pleasure - Ancient & Modern Music f (CD) The Berkeley Scottish Players formed in 1973-74 and first performed in public in October 1975 with a seminal performance at the San Francisco Branch Weekend in Burlingame. . In 1976 the band became the first American band to record and LP album. Now, 25 years later, this historic album is still influencing dancers and musicians, and most of the greater family of the Berkeley Scottish Players, though widely dispersed, can still be spotted playing a Scottish tune upon occasion.

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John Taylor

CD $15.00
After the Dance (CD) A lively collection of airs, marches, strathspeys, reels and jigs (not dance arrangements), with a couple of songs from guest Ed Miller. John on fiddle with support from Brian McNeill, Rich Brotherton, Lawrence Drummond, and Stuart, Lesley and Fiona Taylor. Produced by Brian McNeill.

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Bayside & Benside

CD $15.00
Bayside & Benside - Scottish Music from - This musical project celebrates the ties between Scottish traditions in the homeland and in the New World. Besides music, one such tradition finding a home in the San Francisco Bay Area is the Scottish sport of Shinty, long a part of Highland culture. The Northern California Camanachd Club was founded in 2001 and has worked to foster interest in Shinty. The sales of this CD will help to raise fund for the first U.S. Shinty Club and allow them to continue to present this ancient Scottish pastime to new audiences in California.

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Deby Benton Grosjean

CD $15.00
Beyond The Shore - Navigating Traditional and Unc (CD) Deby Benton Grosjean on fiddle with William Coulter, Chris Caswell, Paul Machlis, Barry Phillips, Dennis Patterson, Lars Johannesson, Shelley Phillips, Jack Gilder, Jay Salter and Stan Poplin . Like converging currents, ancient and modern Celtic oceanic lore merge in this conceptual recording. The narrow focus of this project inspired Deby to pursue new euphonious directions - those of the environment and its musical imagery. This is a great listening CD.

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San Francisco Branch

CD $5.00
Clearance! The San Francisco Collection, Volume 2

(CD) Recorded by San Francisco branch musicians and friends. This is the companion CD to the recently published

The San Francisco Collection II

Reel Of Seven

CD $15.00
Dance for Joy Encore! (CD) Back by popular demand! The fans of our first CD, Dance for Joy! asked for more and encouraged us to record another album. We hope you enjoy dancing to this blend of traditional and modern music for Scottish Country Dancing as much as we enjoy making it! Musicians: Deby Benton Grosjean, Janet Kurnick, Patty Van Winkle, Susan Worland, Renata Bratt, Sherryl Fawx, Gary Campus, Andy Imbrie, Visit www.reelofseven.com

for tune samples, photos, and more information.

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Reel Of Seven

CD $15.00
Dance for Joy! (CD) Dancing is about joy - pure exhilaration and unbounded delight. Reel of Seven is pleased to present "Dance for Joy" - a blend of traditional and modern music for Scottish Country Dancing. We hope you love dancing to this music as much as we love making it. Recorded live November 1, 2008 at the Kim McGarrity Memorial Ball at Asilomar. Musicians: Renata Bratt, Gary Campus, Deby Benton Grosjean, Andy Imbrie, Janet Kurnick, Shelley Phillips, Patty van Winkle, Susan Worland. Visit www.reelofseven.com

for tune samples, photos, and more information.

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Hood, Wink & Swagger

CD $30.00
Dancers Dream (CD) Finally, a new recording of step dance music! Two CD's! Forty-one tracks! Muriel Johnstone calls it a "monumental achievement" and says that "'Dancers Dream' will be any dancer's delight". More information , including track listings and samples can be found at www.ronwallace.org/music.htm

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StringFire!

CD $15.00
Excited States
Dynamic, string-based Scottish dance sets - reels, jigs, strathspeys and waltzes - with original and trad. tunes
Genre: Folk: Contemporary Celtic
Release Date: 2016

Album Contents

  1. On the Wings of a Skorie (8 X 32 Reel)
  2. Couple of Keepers (3 X 32 Strathspey)
  3. The Jig Is Up (8 X 32 Jig)
  4. Ice on the Lake (Waltz)
  5. Excited States (8 X 32 Reel)
  6. Linneas Strathspey (8 X 32 Strathspey)
  7. Those Eyes (8 X 32 Jig)
  8. Sweet Garden (Waltz)
  9. City of Belfast (6 X 32 Strathspey)
  10. On the Boardwalk (8 x 32 Reel)
  11. Chased Lovers (8 X 32 Jig)
  12. Dancin in the Rain (4 X 32 Strathspey)
  13. Kristis Conundrum (8 X 32 Jig)
  14. The Long and the Short of It (4x32s + 4x32r Medley)

Fiddlesticks and Ivory

CD $15.00
Ghillies on the Golden Gate (CD or cassette) Already a classic. Includes: Fair Jenny's Jig, Delvine Side, Lady Susan Stewart's Reel, Bonnie Stronshiray, Waverly, Carolynn's Waltz, J. B. Milne, Miss Ogilvie's Fancy, Miss Grace Hays' Delight, Monymusk, The Rendezvous

For ordering information, contact David Mostardi at

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Reel of Seven

CD $15.00
Gotta Dance ... To Reel of Seven

We are truly honored to have so many enthusiastic fans worldwide who have asked for this, our third recording...we hope you enjoy our signature blend of traditional and modern music for Scottish Country Dancing as much as we enjoy playing it!

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Album Contents

  1. On the Incoming Tide
  2. John of Bon Accord
  3. The Silver Tassie
  4. Carlin's Cairn
  5. Dr Stocker's Hornpipe
  6. Bonnie Stronshiray
  7. Links With St Petersburg
  8. The Flowers of Edinburgh
  9. Culla Bay
  10. Granville Market
  11. None so Pretty
  12. The Flower of Glasgow
  13. Trip to Timber Ridge

Berkeley Scottish Player

CD $15.00
Heather & Yon
Volume 2 of traditional music for Scottish Country Dancing played by the groundbreaking fiddle band from the west coast of America; a re-release on CD of the original 1977 vinyl LP. Fiddles, flute, piano, bass, snare, with the occasional hammered dulcimer
Genre: Folk: Scottish Traditional
Release Date: 2015

Album Contents

  1. Petronella (8x32 Reel): Petronella / Persian Dance / Niel Gow's Farewell to Whisky
  2. The Gentle Shepherd (4x32 Jig): The Gentle Shepherd / Mrs Jamieson's Favourite / I'm a Young Man
  3. The Rakes of Glasgow (8x32 Strathspey): The Rakes of Glasgow / Mrs Garden of Troup / Niel Gow's Lamentation for James Moray Esq. of Abercarney
  4. Willie Wi' His Tartan Trews (8x40 Jig): Willie Wi' His Tartan Trews / The Haddington Assembly / Lady Charlotte Murray's Jig
  5. The Princess Royal (8x28 Reel): The Princess Royal / Griffith Ap Cynan's Delight / Planxty Sir Festus Burke
  6. I'll Mak' Ye Fain to Follow Me (8x32 Jig): I'll Make You Be Fain to Follow Me / Kiss Me Fast / I Hae' Laid a Herring in Saut
  7. A Trip to Tobermory (8x24 Strathspey): Tobermory Bay / Lord Lyndoch / The Laird of MacFarlane's Strathspey
  8. The Sailor (8x32 Reel): Davy Hornpipe / Douglas Hornpipe / Fisher's or Blanchard's Hornpipe
 
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The Players: Caryn Palmer - flute, Carol Ginsburg - piccolo; Barbara Bouwsma McOwen & Vaughn Wolff & Margo Leslie - fiddle; Jane Landstra - fiddle, hammered dulcimer, bass; Ken Embrey - fiddle, concertina, tenor banjo, bass; Robert McOwen - guitar, bass; Paul Machlis - piano; Roy Kaitner - snare drum.

This second album by the historic Berkeley Scottish Players presents a number of dances requested by our local San Francisco Branch RSCDS teachers – a 28-bar reel, a 40-bar jig, a 24-bar strathspey, a "slow jig" – as well as some perennial favorites that appear on program after program, but with our unique blend of instruments. We originally met as dancers and carried the dance force into our music. The band played for many local events in the 70s, and were invited to play further afield in Fresno and Victoria. Scottish music is still a driving force of the band members who now live miles apart but are occasionally able to meet up and play some of our choice tunes from the old days.

John Taylor

CD $15.00
Loose Ends

All Tunes composed By John Taylor, John plays fiddles on all tracks, and guitars on track 8. All other instruments by Phil McCudgie and the Conveniences.

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Red Thistle Music

CD $15.00
Lucky 13

Thirteen tracks from 2013… Lucky 13! This is Scottish Country Dance music recorded in a live setting, you can hear the energy of the dancers infusing the tracks with a special vitality. But these sets are more than just dance music. With a tune selection ranging from 18th century classics to modern favorites, from toe-tapping jigs and driving reels to lyrical strathspeys and lovely waltzes, there is a lot to provide listening pleasure. Please join us for an evening's music, and dancing, fun!

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O'er the Moor, Among the Heather

CD $15.00
O'er the Moor, Among the Heather - Fiddling

(CD) Deby Benton Grosjean - "A fiddle tune is like a photographer's snapshot. Its musical imagery can evoke the senses - the smell of damp peat below one's feet, the soft tickle of summer rainfall on a chilled cheek, or the vision of rich grassy colors of the vast green moors." Another beautiful offering from Deby Benton Grosjean.

Susan Worland Bentley, Gary Innes, Lyle Ramshaw, M

CD $10.00
Six for Sixty (CD) Recorded to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Stockton Folk Dance Camp. Musicians: Susan Worland Bentley (violin), Gary Innes (accordian), Lyle Ramshaw (piano), Michael Bentley(bodhran & shaker)

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StringFire!

CD $15.00
Spindriftin'
Lively, string-based contra dance sets - reels, jigs and waltzes - with original and trad. tunes.
Genre: Folk: Contra Dance
Release Date: 2015

Album Notes
 
StringFire features excellent musicians with great reputations in their own right. This frolicking, high energy group is guaranteed to get you grooving and inspire your dance moves. Often playing as a trio with JAMES MACQUEEN on fiddle, PATTI COBB tickling the ivories, ERIK IEVINS rounding things out on bass and cello, StringFire adds another fiddle whenever possible, choosing from a select group of high caliber players including Caroline McCaskey, Shira Kammen, and Annie Rodier.

Album Contents

  1. Ice Palace, He Gives You Wings, Madame Neruda (feat. Caroline McCaskey)
  2. Round the Horn, The Burning of the Pipers Hut, Evil Diane (feat. Caroline McCaskey)
  3. Far Away, Remembrance (Waltzes) [feat. Caroline McCaskey]
  4. Magicians Hornpipe, Blackberry Blossom, Ginger Sling (feat. Caroline McCaskey)
  5. Reel De Gasp, Bus Stop Reel, Its Too Hot (feat. Caroline McCaskey)
  6. Kitty in the High Grass, Beachcomber Reel, Brumley Brae (feat. Shira Kammen)
  7. La Maison De Glace, Driving Across Nebraska, The Lightning Bug (feat. Shira Kammen)
  8. Vladi On the Trans Siberian, Sniff the Biscuit, Spindrifter (feat. Caroline McCaskey)
  9. Hughie Shortys Reel, The Spinning Tree, Dancing Bear (feat. Caroline McCaskey)
  10. Over the Lake (Waltz)
  11. Whiskey Before Breakfast, Beth Cohens, The Chronosynclastic Infundibula (feat Shira Kammen)

The Breakdown

CD $18.00
The Breakdown - Thirteen Scottish Country Dances in Strict Tempo - Lyle Ramshaw, Susan Worland Bentley, Michael Bentley - A spirited collection of dance sets from John and Jennifer Kelly, the same people that brought you The March Hare.

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The Devil's Quandary

CD $15.00
the devil's quandary - Deby Benton Grosjean and Andy Imbrie provide the music to accompany the recently released book of new dances by Bob Mc Murtry. Tunes both traditional and original are performed by two of the best, accompanied by Bob on percussion and recorder. Twelve dances and a lovely waltz set make up this CD.

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The Road Ahead

CD $15.00
The Road Ahead - John Taylor (CD) Another incomparable collection of performances by John Taylor with his friends Brian McNeill, Stuart Taylor, Lesley Baily, Lawrence Drummond, Pamela Laine and Joe Weed.

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Andy Imbrie, Susan Worland Bentley, Michael Bent

CD $15.00
The March Hare - Twelve Scottish Country Dances i (CD) Susan Worland Bentley on violin, Andy Imbrie on piano, and Michael Bentley on bodhran join to offer music for twelve dances. Produced by John and Jennifer Kelly.

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Reel of Seven

CD $15.00
The Magic of Summer School, Reel of Seven Live in New Zealand
Not your typical Scottish Country Dance band! A compilation of traditional and modern tunes for SCD recorded live on tour in New Zealand -- high energy, beautiful harmony, fiddle power! Can't stop dancing!
Genre: Folk: Scottish Traditional
Release Date: 2016

Album Contents

  1. Shiftin' Bobbins (Live)
  2. Best Set in the Hall (Live)
  3. The Byron Strathspey (Live)
  4. The Meeting of the Waters (Live)
  5. Mrs. Stewart's Jig (Live)
  6. The Minister on the Loch (Live)
  7. The Montgomeries' Rant (Live)
  8. Ten Minutes Ago (Live)
  9. Christine M Phillips (Live)
  10. Reel of the 51st Division (Live)
  11. The Gentleman (Live)
  12. Mairi's Wedding (Live)
  13. The Hunting Horn (Live)
  14. City of Belfast (Live)
  15. The Magic of Summer School (Live)

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Books

Chocolate & Champagne

Book $5.00
Chocolate & Champagne . The Sacramento Branch celebrates twenty-five years of dancing with twenty-five dances written by members of the Sacramento Branch. The theme: chocolate and champagne!

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Dragonfly

Book $7.00
Dragonfly. Collected Dances by Bob McMurtry & Friends For Beginners & Advanced Dancers. Also includes music for Golden Whisper Waltzes.

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Kristi Closser, Bruce Herbold, David Newitt and the members of StringFire!

Book $15.00
Excited States

12 Scottish Country Dances And 18 Tunes

This book includes directions for all the unpublished dances on the The StringFire! recording, Excited States.

This book also includes three dances and tunes not included in that recording:

The Aloha Strathspey with its accompanying tune, a modification by Patti Cobb of an original tune by Rebecca King.

Stoeln Moments with its tune Stolen Time (which is included in the tunes for On the Boardwalk).

Mairrit at Last was recorded, but notincluded on the CD.  Please check the StringFire! website: http://www.stringfile.org for more information.

 

This book does not include directions for previously published dances included on the StringFire! recording:

Chased Lovers - published by the International Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society in their book World Wide Weavings.

City of Belfast and Linnea's Strathspey are available in books 48 and 47, respectively, published by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

Heart of San Francisco

Book $8.00
Heart of San Francisco A collection of dances from members of the San Francisco Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. All proceeds go to support the Valentine's Ball.

John Taylor

Book $20.00
jTunes

A Collection of tunes by John Taylor

A collection of 50+ or - Airs, Jigs, Reels, Strathspeys and Waltzes by John Taylor.

 

I don't write a lot of tunes. A reel here, a strathsbey there, maybe a waltz or an air.  However, after this many years, a tune here and there adds up, as i realized when I was cleaning up recently.  Some more memorable than others.  Some better than I thought when I originally wrote them.  Some of themm not particularly Scottish sounding, but then again, I've lived longer in California than I did in Scottland.  For the record, here they are.

I hope you enjoy them.

Le Petit Chat Celtique

Book $9.00
Le Petit Chat Celtique . Scottish Country Dances with music by Bob McMurtry and selected dances by Trudy Roughgarden.

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Let's All Dance

Book $5.00
Let's All Dance - A collection of beginner and audience participation dances. Compiled by two San Francisco branch teachers.

This book can also be ordered from Jo Hamilton, 662 16th Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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Let's All Dance, Too

Book $5.00
Let's All Dance, Too - More beginner and audience participation dances.

This book can also be ordered from Jo Hamilton, 662 16th Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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Measure of Pleasure

Book $12.00
Measure of Pleasure - 27 Scottish Country dances with 5 original tunes written by and for members of the San Francisco Class, The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, San Francisco Branch.

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Mt. Diablo Collection

Book $5.00
Mt. Diablo Collection - a collection of 12 Strathspeys by Eugene Bissell.

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Pawprints

Book $5.00
Pawprints - Fifteen Scottish Country Dances from the Sacramento Branch. Devisors are Peggy Hamilton, Sandra Kesler, Margo Glenn-Lewis, Lynne Lockwood and EB Van Otterloo. Titles include A Basket of Kittens, The Calico Jig, Miss Beans and other feline favorites.

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The Alamo Collection

Book $4.00
The Alamo Collection by Eugene Bissell and Jennifer Kelly, a collection of 15 dances created by two of the San Francisco Branch's stalwarts.

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The Devil's Quandary

Book $10.00
The Devil's Quandary by Bob Mc Murtry, a collection of 60 dances and 14 new original tunes, some by Muriel Johnstone and Andy Imbrie.
Half of the book contains dances for beginners and the other half for the more experienced dancers. Figures like the la barrate, set and link for 3 and a couple of Bob's own devising are part of the contents. Audience participation dances can be found as well.

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CD now available!

The Jean Patrick Collection

Book $3.00
The Jean Patrick Collection - a collection of 23 dances in memory of Jean Patrick, founder of the Sacramento, California branch of the RSCDS

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The Middle Earth Collection

Book $4.00
The Middle Earth Collection - Twelve Original Scottish Dances, devised by Peggy Hamilton.

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The New World Scottish Dancers Collection, Volume 1

Book $10.00
The New World Scottish Dancers Collection, Volume 1

- Step Dances - A collection of 11 solo and group Scottish Step Dances for intermediate to advanced-level dancers, created by members of the New World Scottish Dancers.

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The New World Scottish Dancers Collection, Volume 2

Book $8.00
The New World Scottish Dancers Collection, Volume 2

- Country Dances - A collection of 19 Scottish Country Dances of various levels, created by or for members of the New World Scottish Dancers. Also included are 4 tunes composed by Steve Wyrick for members of the New World Scottish Dancers.

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Whisper of the Fyredragon

Book $10.00
Whisper of the Fyredragon. The sequel to Devil's Quandary! 30 SCD dances of varying levels by Bob McMurtry and members of the San Francisco Branch with some music included.

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Downloads

The San Francisco Collection

Book
The San Francisco Collection - Fourteen Scottish Country Dances devised by members of the San Francisco Branch. Includes the classics, The Six-Penny Jig and Miss Giving's Strathspey. Now available for download individually or in one complete file.

Click here to download.

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Videos

Scottish Country Dancing Part I

DVD $20.00
Scottish Country Dancing Instructional Teaching Videos with the Red Thistle Dancers part 1

(Red Thistle DVD - Part 1, 45 minutes) For new or intermediate dancers who want to improve their technique

  • All the basic steps in close-up and slow motion
  • 13 common formations, walked through bar by bar and danced with voice-over commentary
  • 8 full dances with visual and verbal explanation of set progression

 

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These videos are also available for digital download.

For detailed contents and ordering information, go to www.redthistledancers.org/videos  or email:

Scottish Country Dancing Part II

DVD $25.00
Scottish Country Dancing with the Red Thistle Dancers Part II

(Red Thistle DVD - Part 2, 75+60 minutes) Excellent practice or teaching tool for the intermediate Country dancer

  • Intermediate SCD figures shown in close-up and slow motion
  • Patterns walked through with drumbeat
  • Voice-over explanation of figures and patterns
  • 18 dances set to excellent live music

this DVD includes also Performance Dancing with the Red Thistle Dancers (Red Thistle DVD - Part 2) Ideas and techniques for groups or teachers staging public performance

  • Performance dancing at several levels
  • 10 full medleys for varying spaces and audiences
  • Ideas for interesting choreography
  • Perfect gift to demonstrate SCD for family and friends

 

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These videos are also availablr for digital download.

For detailed contents and ordering information, go to www.redthistledancers.org/videos  or email:

The Red Thistle Dancers

DVD $20.00
The Scotia Suite & Magazine Dances

The Scotia Suite
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Magazine Dances

 

The Red Thistle Dancers perform
Dances from the Scotia Suite and Leaflets
Produced by Malcolm Brown

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Miscellaneous

Dow Corning RTV 3140

Misc $23.00
Dow Corning RTV 3140 - Uncle Barry's Shoe Goo. Members of the San Francisco branch use the silicone treatment, Dow Corning RTV 3140, on the bottom of our dance shoes to reduce the slipperiness of our northern California floors. One tube will treat several pairs of shoes. Instructions for application are included with the "goop". Thanks go to Barry Lewis for testing and discovering this wonderful product.


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