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The Irish Rover

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THE IRISH ROVER (R8x32) 3C (4C set) James B. Cosh 22 SCDs

1- 8 1s dance down below 3s and cast up to 2nd place own sides, 1L dances RH across with 2s while 1M dances RH across with 3s
9-16 1s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners, ½ reel with 2nd corners and ½ turn LH in centre to face 1st corners
17-24 1s dance reels of 3 across giving LSh to 1st corners ending in 2nd place own sides. (3)1(2)
25-32 1s dance Diag R&L (1M crossing down and 1L crossing up to start). 213

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

The Irish Rover
James B. Cosh   22 Scottish Country Dances (and 2 more)
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-2   Taking nearer hands, 1s lead down below 3s;

  3-4   1s cast up on own sides to 2nd place;

  5-8   2s1L 1M3s right hands across;

  9-12 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with first corners;

13-16 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with second corners, finishing by taking left hands;

17-24 1s turn about ¾ by the left into reels of 3 across, 1L with 2s, 1M with 3s, starting with left shoulder to first corner positions and finishing 1s in 2nd place on own sides, 3s at the top on opposite sides, 2s at the bottom on opposite sides;

25-28 3L1s2M half diagonal rights and lefts;

29-32 3M1s2L half diagonal rights and lefts, finishing 2s1s3s.

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

Dance Notes

12-13 In the original instructions, 1s pass left shoulders but the popular, right shoulder, form is quite commonly found (see Mairi's Wedding Reels for the deviser's view).

16-17 1s take left hands as they approach to finish the half diagonal reel of 4 and turn by the left appropriately to enter the reels of 3.

23-24 1s must hold back to finish their reels of 3 in 2nd place on own sides.

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