Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Fiddler On The Capstan

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

FIDDLER ON THE CAPSTAN (R8x48) 3C (4C set) John Drewry SCDs Vol 4

1- 8 1s+3s ½ turn partners RH and dance RH across ½ way, 3s and 1s turn partners RH. 321
9-16 2s dance RSh reels of 3 on own sides with 3s+1s (2L up and 2M down)
17-20 2s petronella turn into middle and set as 3M+1M also 3L+1L ½ turn RH and dance ½ RH across to end in lines across
21-24 All turn opposite person RH once round and 2s end facing 3rd corner (pstns)
25-32 2s dance ½ diagonal reels of 4 with 3rd corner (pstns) then with 4th corner (pstns) and 2s end in 2nd place own side. 123
33-40 1s+2s ½ turn partners RH and dance RH across ½ way, 2s turn partners RH
41-48 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

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


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

The term fiddler refers to the player of any bowed string musical instrument, usually the violin.

A capstan is a rotating machine used to apply force to ropes, cables, and hawsers, commonly, though not exclusively, in a maritime setting.

Capstan Image
Illustration Of Crew And Passengers Working At Capstan On East India Company Ship, From The Quid 1832

Capstan Image
OK - It's Not Actually A Fiddler, But You Get The Idea.
An Original Print Of Seamen Working At A Capstan In The Nineteenth Century


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