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The Recumbent Stone

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THE RECUMBENT STONE (R5x48) 5C set John Drewry Greenburn Book 3

1- 8 2s+3s+4s circle 6H round and back while 1s and 5s wait for 4 bars then turn RH for 4 bars
9-16 1s and 3s dance Fig of 8 round couples below them
17-24 1s and 3s dancing between couple below turn them with nearer hand 1½ times, cast down behind next couple and lead up LH to face 1st corners
25-32 1s and 3s dance ½ diag reel of 4 with 1st corners, pass RSh and ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 2nd corners to end passing RSh to face 3rd corners
33-40 1s and 3s dance ½ diag reel with 3rd corners and pass RSh to face each other up/down in centre (Ladies face down and Men up) and ½ reel of 4 in centre
41-48 3s and 1s turn RH 1¼ times to 2nd/4th places (opposite side) and 3M passes 1L RSh to dance ½ Figs of 8 across round couples on their left (Lady up, Man down) 53412

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


The Recumbent Stone
John Drewry   Greenburn Book
Reel   5 x 48 bars   5 Couple Repeat   5 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   2s3s4s 6 hands round to the left;

  5-8   2s3s4s 6 hands round to the right WHILE 1s 5s turn by the right;

  9-16 1s figure of 8 round 2s WHILE 3s figure of 8 round 4s, crossing down to start;

17-20 1s lead down between 2s and turn 1½ times, 2M1M by the right, 1L2L by the left, WHILE 3s lead down between 4s and turn 1½ times, 4M3M by the right, 3L4L by the left;

21-24 1s 3s cast one place, meet, take left hands and lead up to face 1st corners;

25-28 1s 3s half diagonal reels of 4 with 1st corners and pass by the right;

29-32 1s 3s half diagonal reels of 4 with 2nd corners and pass by the right;

33-36 1s 3s half diagonal reels of 4 with partners' 1st corners' positions and pass by the right, finishing on the centre line, Ls facing down, Mn up;

37-40 1s3s half reel of 4 on the centre line;

41-44 3s 1s turn by the right 1¼ times, finishing on opposite sides, 3s in 2nd, 1s in 4th place;

45-48 3s 1s half figures of 8 across, Ls crossing up to start, Mn down, finishing 5s3s4s1s2s on own sides.

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


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Dance Information

Recumbent stone circles are a variation on the more familiar standard stone circles found throughout the British Isles and Brittany. The recumbent circle is a form peculiar to the north east of Scotland and south west Ireland (Drombeg Stone Circle near Rosscarbery, Co. Cork). Recumbent stone circles date back to approx 3000 BC.

A recumbent circle is formed principally of a ring of stones, like all other stone circles; however, there is one, large recumbent stone laid on its side, usually flanked by the two largest of the standing stones immediately on either side. The stones are commonly graded in height with the lowest stones being diametrically opposite to the tall flankers.

Recumbent Stone Image
Recumbent Stone Circle Near Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland


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