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The Kelpie Of Loch Coruisk

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THE KELPIE OF LOCH CORUISK (R7x32) 7C set Barry Priddey Silver Rose

1- 4 1s, 3s and 5s cross RH, cast 1 place
5- 8 Ladies dance ½ Fig of 8 round couple above and Men with couple below (dancers pass LSh) and end facing 2nd corner pstns while 2s 4s, 6s and 7s set and cross RH
9-24 1s, 3s and 5s dance 'Mairi's Wedding' reels with corners ending 7163452 Dancing couples pass RSh to end Men facing down and Ladies up
25-32 1s, 3s and 5s turn partners ¾ RH to end facing up, 1s, 3s and 5s lead up to top and cast into 6th, 4th and 2nd places. 7563412

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


The Kelpie of Loch Coruisk
Barry Priddey   Silver Rose
Reel   7 x 32 bars   7 Couple Repeat   7 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-2   1s 3s 5s cross;

  3-4   1s 3s 5s cast WHILE 2s 4s 6s step up;

  5-8   2s 4s 6s 7s set and cross WHILE 1L 3L 5L half figures of 8 through couples above WHILE 1M 3M 5M half figures of 8 through couples below, 1s 3s 5s finishing facing second corners' positions, M to M, L to L;

  9-24 1s 3s 5s four half reels of 4 (as in the informal version of Mairi's Wedding, passing right shoulder in the centre) WHILE 2s 4s 6s 7s, as corners, progress Ls up, Mn down the set until they reach the top or bottom where they wait for four bars before changing direction;

25-26 1s 3s 5s turn by the right to own sides;

27-32 1s 3s 5s lead to the top and cast to finish 7s5s6s3s4s1s2s.

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


Dance Notes

  1-8   This sequence is as in The Flying Spur except that the dancing Mn go down and the dancing Ls go up.

    -8   2M 4M 6M finish facing diagonally down, 4L 6L 7L finish facing diagonally up, on second corners' diagonal.

  9-24 As in Polharrow Burn, the corners must dance half reels of 4 on alternating diagonals without stopping before they reach either the top or the bottom.

25-26 There isn't enough time to return to the side lines; make some progress up the set instead.

27-32 7s 6s 4s 2s should leave clear spaces on the sides for the 1s 3s 5s to fill; also, 7s 6s 4s must be ready to be the new 1s 3s 5s when the next repeat starts.


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Dance Information

The Kelpie is a supernatural water horse from Celtic folklore that is believed to haunt the rivers and lochs of Scotland and Ireland; the name may be from Scottish Gaelic cailpeach or colpach 'heifer, colt.' Kelpies were said to transform into beautiful women to lure men into their traps.

Loch Coruisk (in Scottish Gaelic, Coire Uisg, the "Cauldron of Waters") is an inland fresh-water lake, lying at the foot of the Black Cuillin in the Isle of Skye, in the Scottish Highlands.

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The Kelpie

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Loch Coruisk, Isle Of Skye


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