Shuldham-Shaw was a man of many talents. He had a thirst for learning
and had not only an encyclopedic knowledge of most subjects (including
Whisky and food) he was an authority on the folk music, song and dance
of many countries. He played many instruments and spoke many languages-
indeed, it was said that there were none he could not just pick up and
play or converse in. He was a fine singer, natural teacher and a lover
of puns with a sometimes wicked sense of humour.
collected traditional tunes- most notably in Shetland where he noted
down tunes that had previously been passed on orally. He edited The
Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection, which was published in eight volumes
after his death. He was a ‘Roving Ambassador’ for the Sing for Pleasure
movement. Most of all he was an authority on and composer of English
was his prodigious output of dances in all styles and levels of
complexity which has led him to be labeled the Twentieth Century Dancing
Master. He took his dances to Wales, Scotland, Holland and the U.S.A as well as all over England.
Pat was also full of charm and enthusiasm and had a charisma which led
to him being loved and well remembered by all who knew him. This book
has attempted to bring together those memories and the varying strands
of his life.