Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Corrie Brochain

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Corrie Brochain
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 12: Corrie Dances
Strathspey or Reel   8 x 32 bars   2 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   DOWN MIDDLE: 2nd couple followed by 1st couple, nearer hands joined;

  5-8   WOMEN ROUND PARTNER: Retaining hands women dance clockwise around their partner (who stand still) ending facing down in SKYE HOLD with man's left hand passing in front of him to his right hip where it is joined with woman's right hand (men place their right arm akimbo);

  9-16 WEE CORRIE: 2nd and 1st couples unwind crossing to opposite side (2 bars), chase with other couple clockwise halfway round to own side (2 bars), cross with partner using right hands (2 bars), and set on opposite side;

17-20 UP MIDDLE: 2nd couple followed by 1st couple nearer hands joined;

21-24 MEN ROUND PARTNER: Retaining hands men dance anticlockwise around their partner (who stand still) ending facing up in SKYE HOLD with woman's right hand passing in front of her to her left hip where it is joined with man's left hand (women place their left arm akimbo);

25-32 WEE CORRIE: 2nd and 1st couples unwind crossing to own side (2 bars), chase with the other couple anticlockwise halfway round to opposite side (2 bars), cross with partner using left hands (2 bars), and set on own side in original places;

33-40 ¾ RIGHTS AND LEFTS AND SET: 1st and 2nd couples dance ¾ of Rights and Lefts, and then set to partner.

Repeat having passed a couple.

(Dance Crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)


Dance Notes

As with all dances having the format, 2-Couple Repeat in a 4-Couple Set, if dancer numbers so dictate it can be performed in a 3-Couple or 5-Couple Set and with the number of repeats adjusted appropriately.

(Dance Notes by Reuben Freemantle)


Dance Information

"Coire Brochain" in Gaelic means "Corrie of Gruel" where a "Corrie" is a bowl-shaped depression of glacial origin in a mountain valley; however, since "Coire" also means "Cauldron" in the domestic sense, it could be translated as "Cauldron of Porridge". It is located on Braeriach (Gaelic "Am Bràigh Riabhach" meaning "The Brindled Peak"), the third highest mountain in Scotland.
"Coire Brochain" should be pronounced as "Ko~r~ Brochin" in English and "Am Bràigh Riabhach" as "~m Brahee Ree~v~ch", with stress always on the first syllable and where:
  "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound;
  ch is as in "loch";
  "ah" is as in "shah"; and
  "ee" is as in "beet".
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.
Corrie Brochain Image
Looking Down On Lochan Uaine
Coire Brochain, Overlooked By Braeriach, Is Seen In The Background Across The Valley


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