Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Clarsach (Ryer)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE CLARSACH (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Charles W Ryer 20th Anniv Dance Book

1- 8 1s+2s circle 4H round, turn partners 2H and 1s cast 1place own sides as 2s lead up
9-16 1s dance diag R&L
17-24 3s+1s+2s set and advance (1 bar), 3s+2s retire as 1s petronella turn into lines of 3 across, all set and adv 3s+2s retire as 1s petronella turn to opposite sides
25-32 All Set+Link for 3 twice

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


Dance Information

Also see the dance The Clarsach (Blaschke) by Marilyn Blaschke.

The Scots word derives directly from the Gaelic "Clarsach" which means "A harp" of any type; in English usage, it refers exclusively to the traditional small harp. "Clarsach" should be pronounced as "Klahrssahch" in English, with almost even stress on the two syllables and where:
  "ah" is pronounced as in "shah";
  "ss" is as in "less"; and
  "ch" is as in "loch".
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.

Clarsach Image
Replica Of 15th Century Scottish Clarsach, 'The Queen Mary Harp'


Images Copyright Bobbobb.

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