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 (străth′spā′, străth′spā′)
1. A Scottish dance, slower than a reel, for two dancers.
2. The music for this dance.

[After Strath Spey, valley of the river Spey in Scotland.]
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1. (Dancing) a Scottish dance with gliding steps, slower than a reel
2. (Music, other) a piece of music in four-four time composed for this dance
[after Strathspey, valley of the River Spey]
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(ˌstræθˈspeɪ, ˈstræθˌspeɪ)

n., pl. -speys.
1. a slow Scottish dance in quadruple meter.
2. the music for this dance.
[1645–55; after Strath Spey, the valley of the river Spey in Scotland]
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Among the subject areas covered are instruments of the tradition such as fiddle, guitar, piano, and pipes; general concepts such as accompaniment, amplification, composing, competitions, dancing, festivals, gapped scales, modes, and tempo; tune categories such as hornpipes, jigs, marches, reels, and strathspeys; and fiddle-specific elements such as bowing, drive, drone, double-stops, dynamics, flying spiccato, 'groups' of tunes (medleys), fat-flat stroke, and ornamentation.
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Accompanied on guitar, bodhran and vocals by Gordon Belsher, the performance combines the best of jigs, reels and strathspeys with Wood's own compositions.
So while album opener The Source has the jazz beat, Mhairi plays folk melodies on her piano using a 1700s Strathspey. While she also uses old standards for second tune Strathspeys From Strathspey, A Good Winter is her own but fits in perfectly.

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