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The Sound Of Harris

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THE SOUND OF HARRIS (R3x48) 3C set John Drewry Canadian Book

1- 8 1s set, cross down to face out joining hands with corners and Balance-in-Line, 1s turn 1st corners RH to form lines across 1L with 2s and 1M with 3s
9-16 All set and change place RH with opposite dancer, set and cross back RH, 1s turning to face up in centre (1L behind 1M) and 2s+3s facing down on sides
17-24 1s+2s+3s dance Tandem reel of 3 across (1M+1L facing up, 3L+2L and 3M+2M each pair dancing as 1 person), 1s end in centre 1M giving LH to 2M+3M and 1L RH to 2L+3L
25-32 Men dance LH across and Ladies RH across once round, continue but change places with partner when passing through centre (as Alison Rose)
33-40 1s followed by 3s+2s dance up, cross and cast to 231 and all turn partners RH
41-48 All circle 6H round and back

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


The Sound of Harris
John Drewry    Canadian Book
Hornpipe   3 x 48 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   1s set and cross down to face out between corners;

  5-6   2s1s3s set;

  7-8   1s turn first corners, finishing 2M1L2L facing 3M1M3L in lines across;

  9-10 1L with 2s, 1M with 3s set facing;

11-12 all cross by the right up and down;

13-16 repeat bars 9-12;

17-24 1L1M (up), 3L2L (down), 3M2M (down) tandem reel of 3 across;

25-28 Ls right hands across, Mn left hands across (on own sides);

29-32 repeat bars 25-28 with 1s followed by 3s and 2s changing wheels;

33-36 1s3s2s lead up, cross and cast, finishing 2s3s1s;

37-40 all turn partners by the right;

41-48 6 hands round and back.

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

Dance Notes

  3-10 This is the same as bars 1-8 of The Sailor.

    -16 3M and 3L stay facing down.

33-36 All must cross at the top.

37-40 Contingency time (4 bars for the turn).


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The Sound of Harris (Scottish Gaelic: Caolas na Hearadh) is a channel between the islands of Harris and North Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
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