MALLY'S MEEK, MALLY'S SWEET
32-bar strathspey for 3 couples in a 4-couple set
1-4 1st couple cast into second place (4-bar cast), 2nd couple step up on bars 3 & 4. (1st couple take near hands briefly at end of bar 1)
5-8 1st couple dance between 3rd couple and cast up into second place on own sides.
9-12 1st couple set advancing to first corners (who set back)2 and turn ¾ with two hands to finish in line across the dance, 1st woman between 2nd couple and 1st man between 3rd couple.
12-16 1st couple set advancing to second corners (who set back)3 and turn ¾ with two hands to finish between their corners (i.e., 2nd place on opposite sides).
17-20 With hands joined on the sides, all set then all turn partners with two hands once round.
21-24 1st couple dance half figures of eight across, 1st woman around 2nd couple and 1st man around 3rd couple,4 passing through second place on own sides to finish left shoulder to left shoulder in the center.
25-28 1st couple dance right hands across, 1st woman with 2nd couple and 1st man with 3rd couple.
29-32 1st couple dance left hands across, 1st woman with 3rd couple and 1st man with 2nd couple (1st couple pass right shoulders in the center to begin), finishing in second place on own sides.
At the end of bar 10, 1st couple should be back to back in the center facing their first corners.
At the end of bar 14, 1st couple should be back to back in the center facing their second corners.
Bars 21-24 are colloquially known as "fishhooks" - 1st woman dances around 2nd woman passing right shoulders and 1st man around 3rd man, also passing right shoulders.
Devised by 2009 by Lee Fuell (fuell [at] mindspring.com)
Mally's meek, Mally's sweet,
Mally's modest and discreet;
Mally's rare, Mally's fair,
Mally's every way complete.
--- Robert Burns, 1795
GUDE ALE KEEPS THE HEART ABOON
32-bar reel for 3 couples in a 4-couple set
1-8 1st couple set, dance a half figure of eight around 2nd couple, then dance in and down to finish back to back facing opposite sides (2nd couple step up on bars 7 & 8). (1st couple may take near hands briefly as they dance in and down on bars 7 & 8.)
9-12 1st couple and corners set as in double triangles, then 1st couple and first corners turn with right hands to finish in position as on bar 9.
12-16 1st couple and corners set as in double triangles, then 1st couple and second corners turn with left hands to finish in position as on bar 9.
17-24 1st couple and corners dance inverting double triangles (1st couple and corners set as in double triangles, then all advance setting and turn right about so 1st couple is in second place on opposite sides facing in and 2nd and 3rd couples are back to back in the center facing out. All set with hands joined, then all advance setting and turn right about to finish in position as on bar 9 (1st couple back to back in the center facing out)).
25-32 1st couple dance out opposite sides and cast around their first corners to face each other up and down in the center of the set, then turn 1 ¼ times with the right hand to finish in second place on own sides ready to begin again. (If desired, 1st couple may substitute a Tulloch turn or birl for the right hand turn at the end of the dance.)
Devised 2009 by Lee Fuell (fuell [at] mindspring.com)
O gude ale comes and gude ale goes;
Gude ale gars me sell my hose,
Sell my hose, and pawn my shoon--
Gude ale keeps my heart aboon!
--- Robert Burns, 1795