The Clarsach (Blaschke)
Scottish Country Dance Instruction
(J4x32) 4C set Marilyn Blaschke Gretchen's Fancy
1- 8 1L crosses down and cast down behind 3M, crosses down and casts up behind 4L to place
9-16 1s lead down to bottom and cast up round 4s to 3rd place, 2s+1s petronella turn into middle
17-24 2s+1s dance reel of 4 up/down middle
25-32 2s and 1s turn partners RH ending 2s at top and 1s at bottom, 2s+3s also 4s+1s circle 4H round to left
(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)
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
" is as in "loch
See Gaelic Dance Names
for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.
Replica Of 15th Century Scottish Clarsach, 'The Queen Mary Harp'
Images Copyright Bobbobb.
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