Tour Scotland Video The Sailor's Hornpipe Dance Highland Games Blackford Perthshire



Tour Scotland video of The Sailor's Hornpipe dance at the Scottish Highland Games in Blackford, Perthshire, Scotland. The Sailor's Hornpipe is also known as The College Hornpipe and Jack's the Lad, it is a traditional hornpipe melody. It is suggested that hornpipe as a dance began around the 16th century on English sailing vessels. The hornpipe is an Irish, Scottish and English dance. It is done in hard shoes, which are used to help keep track of how the dancer keeps in time.

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Tour Scotland Video Irish Jig Dance Highland Games Blackford Perthshire



Tour Scotland video of The Irish Jig dance at the Scottish Highland Games in Blackford, Perthshire, Scotland. Female dancers wear one of several combinations of red, green and white blouses, dresses, skirts and cummerbunds. Dancers also wear white underskirts and a white apron. Irish Jig shoes are black, green or red and, though they closely resemble ghillies, are hard shoes with heels.

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Tour Scotland Video Shot Put Highland Games Blackford Perthshire



Tour Scotland video of the Shot Put event at the Scottish Highland Games in Blackford, Perthshire, Scotland. The Shot is thrown either after a short run-up to the toeboard or from a fixed standing position, depending on the rules of the competition. The contestant who throws the furthest wins.

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Tour Scotland Video Tossing The Caber Highland Games Blackford Perthshire



Tour Scotland video of the Tossing The Caber event at the Scottish Highland Games in Blackford, Perthshire, Scotland. A long tapered pine pole or log is stood upright and hoisted by the competitor who balances it vertically holding the smaller end in his hands. Then the competitor runs forward attempting to toss it in such a way that it turns end over end with the upper end striking the ground first. The smaller end that was originally held by the athlete then hits the ground in the 12 o'clock position measured relative to the direction of the run. If successful, the athlete is said to have turned the caber.

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Tour Scotland Video Throwing The Hammer Highland Games Blackford Perthshire



Tour Scotland video of the Throwing The Hammer event at the Scottish Highland Games in Blackford, Perthshire, Scotland. A round metal ball, weighing 16 or 22 lb for men is attached to the end of a shaft about 4 feet in length and made out of wood. With the feet in a fixed position, the hammer is whirled about one's head and thrown for distance over the shoulder. Hammer throwers sometimes employ specially designed footwear with flat blades to dig into the turf to maintain their balance and resist the centrifugal forces of the implement as it is whirled about the head. This substantially increases the distance attainable in the throw.

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Tour Scotland Video Yla Steven And Marching Pipe Band Highland Games Blackford Perthshire



Tour Scotland video of Yla Steven, Chieftain of the Games, and a Marching Pipe Band at the Scottish Highland Games in Blackford, Perthshire, Scotland. Her unusual Christian name is simply the old spelling of Glen Isla in Perthshire, where she had a home in early years. Yla began learning the violin in Edinburgh, at the age of seven, continued her studies in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, and later graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She is now Musical Director of the Edinburgh Highland Reel and Strathspey Society.

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