Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Gallagher's Rant

Scottish Country Dance Instruction


1- 8 1M+3L cast 2 places (1M down, 3L up), meet in centre and turn LH to finish in each other's place
9-16 1L+3M repeat but turning RH
17-32 2M+4L repeat turning LH, then 2L+4M repeat turning RH
33-40 3s+4s and 1s+2s dance ½ R&L, 1s turn RH while 4s+3s+2s dance ½ reels of 3 on sides. 2341

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

Gallagher's Rant
Collected and adapted by Chris Freemantle
Jig   4 x 40 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   1M cast two places WHILE 3L cast up two places, finishing 3L1M on the centre line of the set;

  5-8   3L1M turn by the left, each finishing in the other's original place;

  9-16 1L3M repeat bars 1-8 from their places (turning by the right);

17-24 2M4L repeat bars 1-8 from their places;

25-32 2L4M repeat bars 9-16 from their places;

33-36 3s4s (at top) 1s2s (at bottom) half rights and lefts;

37-40 4s3s2s half reels of 3 on their own sides (3s, going down, giving right shoulders to 2s to start) WHILE 1s turn by the right, finishing 2s3s4s1s.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

  1-32 1s 4s cast only two places, not all the way to the other end.

  1-32 3s always cast up, 2s always cast down, i.e., toward the more distant end.

33-36 Need to be awake.

37-40 Top 3 couples half reel.

    -40 The new 1M and 3L must be awake ready for the repeat.

  1-32 At each repeat, the same pairs cast, meet and turn.

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