Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Eyemouth Harbour Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE EYEMOUTH HARBOUR REEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Ruary Laidlaw St Abb's Collection

1- 8 1L casts, followed by 1M, crosses below 3s, casts up behind Men and across or original place. 1s face down
9-16 RSh reels of 3 on sides
17-24 1s dance down nearer hands joined (3 steps), dance up and cast to 2nd place (2s step up 23-24)
25-32 1s+3s dance RH across, 1s+2s dance LH across

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

The Eyemouth Harbour Reel
A 32 bar reel for three couples in a four couple set

1 - 8 The first lady casts off two places, followed by her partner, dances down round the third lady and across the dance, round the third man, up behind the third and second men and across the dance to her original position, her partner following all the way to his original position.
Both couples finish facing down ready for...
9-16 First couple dance Right Shoulder Reels of Three on the side with the second and third couples.
17-24 First couple then dance down the middle of the dance for three steps, turn and dance back up the middle to the top and cast off to second place, the second couple move up on bars seven and eight.
25-32 First couple then dance a right hand wheel once round with the third couple, then left hands once round with the second couple ready to start again from second place. First lady just dances straight into the left and wheel with her partner following.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Ruary Laidlaw, 1998)

Dance Notes

This dance was composed as a simple reel to teach Right Shoulder Reels of Three.

Dance Information

Eyemouth, at the mouth of the Eye Water, was the place where my (Ruary) brother and I went to school. It was a large fishing village whose numerous trawlers, smells of fish, tar and salt and stone walls of the harbour itself, were a constant source of fascination to us.
The people of the town still remember 14th October 1881, Black Friday, the day when a terrible storm sank 23 of the fishing boats, half the fleet, and 129 fishermen were drowned!

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