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Ian Powrie's Farewell To Auchterarder

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IAN POWRIE'S FAREWELL TO AUCHTERARDER (J128) Sq.Set Bill Hamilton

1- 8 All circle 8H round to the left and back (popular variation - 8 hands all the way round to left)
9-24 Ladies dance in front of partner and behind next Man, into RH across, in front of Man opposite own partner and behind next Man, into RH across and back to place
25-32 All Promenade clockwise
33-40 1s and 3s dance clockwise behind next couple and Men dance past couple as Ladies dance in between couple and both turn R to face couple, all set and turn RH
41-48 All dance parallel reels of 4
49-56 1s and 3s dance a full Fig of 8 round the standing 2s/4s
57-64 1s and 3s dance LH across, 1s and 3s dance back to places (Men round and Ladies through the standing 2s and 4s)
65-96 2s and 4s repeat 33-64
97-104 All Promenade anticlockwise
105-120 Men dance in front of partner and behind next Lady, into LH across, dance in front of Lady opposite own partner and behind next L into LH across and back to place
121-128 All circle 8H round to the right and back (popular variation - 8 hands all the way round to right). 1234

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


Ian Powrie's Farewell to Auchterarder
Bill Hamilton
Jig   128 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Square Set

    1-32     Ladies' Chorus:

      1-8     All 8 hands round and back;

      9-12   Ls dance in front of partner, behind next M and meet in centre;

    13-16   Ls right hands across;

    17-20   Ls dance in front of M standing opposite partner, behind next M and meet in centre;

    21-24   Ls right hands across;

    25-32   all promenade clockwise around the set to places.

  33-64     1s and 3s solo:

    33-36   1s release hold and, 1M leading, chase clockwise behind 2L, 1L dancing between 2s, 1M dancing around 2M, (finishing 1L facing 2L, 1M facing 2M) WHILE 3s dance likewise around 4s (finishing 3L facing 4L, 3M facing 4M);

    37-40   1L2L 1M2M 3L4L 3M4M set and turn by the right, finishing with 2s 4s still in original places;

    41-48   2L1L3M4M 2M1M3L4L reels of 4 across the dance, finishing with 2s 4s back in original places;

    49-56   1s cross between 2s to start figures of 8 WHILE 3s cross between 4s to start figures of 8;

    57-60   1s3s left hands across;

    61-64   1L dance out between 2s and cast anticlockwise to place WHILE 1M dance out around 2M and cast anticlockwise to place WHILE 3L dance out between 4s and cast anticlockwise to place WHILE 3M dance out around 4M and cast anticlockwise to place.

  65-96     2s and 4s solo:
Repeat the 1s and 3s solo with 2s dancing as 1s, 3s as 2s, 4s as 3s and 1s as 4s.

  97-128   Men's Chorus:

    97-104 All promenade anticlockwise around the set to places;

  105-108 Mn dance in front of partner, behind next L and meet in centre;

  109-112 Mn left hands across;

  113-116 Mn dance in front of L standing opposite partner, behind next L and meet in centre;

  117-120 Mn left hands across;

  121-124 all 8 hands round to the right;

  125-128 all 8 hands round to the left.

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


Dance Notes

  33-         1L 3L follow partners.

      -36     1s 3s must be on the inside facing out.

      -40     1s 3s must be in same place as on bar 36.

  41-48     cover in the reels;

  63-64     1M 3M follow partners clockwise back to original places.

  65-         1s 4s don't try to take promenade hold; Ls follow partners.

  95-96     2L 4L must slow down to allow partners to catch up to take promenade hold for the Chorus.

125-128   It's more fun to continue with 8 hands round to the right again and to finish with a "hooch".


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Instruction Videos

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Dance Information

Ian Powrie (1923- 2011) was a bandleader of great repute in the 1950s and 1960s. He was from a farming and musical family. He left school when he was fourteen to work in farming and also at that time formed his own band. Over the years he played with other accomplished musicians and the reputation of his band grew considerably.

After touring Australia in 1966 he made the decision to leave Auchterarder and emigrate. As a consequence, the dance Ian Powrie's Farewell to Auchterarder was written.

Robert A. Donald of Scottish Dance Archives reveals the origin of the popular variation of circle left for 8 bars (rather than left and back, bars 1-8). It was simply an error in transcribing the dance that then became entrenched and enjoyed in Merseyside, and beyond.

Auchterarder is a small town located north of the Ochil Hills in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, and home to the famous Gleneagles Hotel.
The 1.5 mile long High Street of Auchterarder gave the town its popular name of "Lang Toon" (Long Town).

Excerpt From Legend Of The Fiddle: The Ian Powrie Story - Video On YouTube

Auchterarder Image
Auchterarder High Street


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