June 24, 2008

Molly MacLay of Kilfinnan 3x32 S


32-bar strathspey for three couples in a three-couple longways set

1 - 8     1st and 2nd couples Set and Link; 1st and 3rd couples Set and Link (finishing in order 2, 3, 1).

9 - 16    All set. In four bars, 1st couple cast to 1st place while 2nd couple dance down the middle and cast into 3rd place. All set again (finishing in order 1, 3, 2).

17-24    1st, 3rd and 2nd couples turn once round with right hands in four bars, finishing the turn facing up in Allemande hold. 1st, 3rd and 2nd couples set with Highland Schottische setting step (women are slightly in front of their partners; men’s working feet are behind their partners’).

25-32    1st, 3rd and 2nd couples Allemande.

Music: Strathspeys suitable for Highland Schottische.
Recommended recorded music: “The Highland Minstrel Boy,? track 13 from “For Old Tymes Sake? by Bobby Brown and the Scottish Accent.

Devised by Donald L. Fuell, Jr. (fuell [at] mindspring.com), 2008. May be reproduced for dance instruction and use.

Molly MacLay of Kilfinnan is the full name of the devisor’s black Labrador retriever, who while in her sixties in human years personifies Miss Milligan’s philosophy of controlled abandon – well, almost controlled…You can see pictures of Molly and her adopted pack mate Jasmine at http://picasaweb.google.com/Lee.Fuell/Dogs.

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June 8, 2008

Blethering Ghillie 8x32 S


32-bar strathspey for three couples in a four-couple longwise set

1-8     1st and 2nd couples set, turn partners with both hands, and circle four hands round to the left.

9-16     1st and 2nd couples dance the knot; 1st couple finish facing first corners.

17-24     1st couple dance corners pass and turn with first corners, pass right shoulders in the center of the set, dance corners pass and turn with second corners, and pass right shoulders across the set to finish in second place on own sides, facing out. (Corners turn with both hands.)

25-32     1st couple dance figures of eight on their own sides in six bars, beginning by giving right shoulder to the person on their right, finishing with 1st woman between 2nd couple facing down and 1st man between 3rd couple facing up. On bars 31 and 32, 1st couple turn with left hands ¾ to finish in 2nd place on own sides, ready to begin again.

The Blethering Ghillie is the deviser’s pub, located in the basement of his home in Beavercreek, Ohio, USA. Much blethering has transpired there over the years, especially at afters parties following dance events.

Devised by Donald L. Fuell, Jr. (fuell [at] mindspring.com), 2008. May be reproduced for dance instruction and use.

UPDATE 9 June 2008: Corrected the last sentence of the instruction for bars 25-32.

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