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Rakes Of Auld Reekie

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RAKES OF AULD REEKIE (S8x32) 2C (4C set) Barry Priddey SCD Archives

1- 8 1s set and cast below 2s, turn 2H and dance up to top places
9-16 2s in prom hold dance reel of 3 across (RSh to 1L as 1s cast to start) and end in 1st places as 1s cast to 2nd places
17-24 1s prom hold dance reel of 3 across (RSh to 2L as 2s cast to start) and end in original places as 2s cast to places
25-28 1s cast 1 place while 2s ½ turn 2H and dance up, 2s cast 1 place while 1s ½ turn 2H and dance up
29-32 Original version - 1s cast 1 place while 2s turn 2H moving up and 2s also 1s cross RH to own sides
29-32 Later version - 1s cast 1 place while 2s ½ turn 2H and dance up and 1s cross RH to own sides

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


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The city of Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is affectionately nicknamed Auld Reekie (Scots for Old Smoky), because when buildings were heated by coal and wood fires, chimneys would spew thick columns of smoke into the air.

A rake is another name for a charmer, womanizer or seducer.

So, 'Rakes Of Auld Reekie' means a 'Womanizer Of Old Edinburgh'.

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Auld Reekie
A winter sunset picks out the gables of tenements at the foot of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh.


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