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The Wind On Loch Fyne

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THE WIND ON LOCH FYNE (S3x32) 3C Triangular set John Bowie Dickson Dunedin 1

1- 8 1s cross over (Man between 3s, Lady between 2s) and dance Fig of 8 and end turning RH ½ way to face partner in original places
9-16 All dance interlocking RSh reels of 4 and end by turning RH to bring Men into centre
17-24 Men dance LH across in centre 2 places while Ladies dance clockwise 1 place, turn partner RH and repeat ending in triangular set order 231
25-32 All set and circle 6H round for 2 steps, turn partner 2H and continue to circle 6H round to pstns. 231

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


The Wind on Loch Fyne
John Bowie Dickson   Dunedin Book 1
Strathspey   3 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Triangular Set
Numbered clockwise, 1s facing down.

  1-4   1s giving left hands cross down, pass 1L between 2s, 1M between 3s and meet;

  5-8   taking nearer hands, 1s lead up between 2M3L, cast up (1L around 2L, 1M around 3M), meet and turn by the right halfway;

  9-16 all dance interlocking reels (pass partner right shoulder, pass next left shoulder, pass right around next, pass next left shoulder, finally turning partner ¾ by the right), finishing Mn inside, Ls outside;

17-18 Mn left hands across 2/3 WHILE Ls dance clockwise 1 place around the outside of the set;

19-20 all turn by the right;

21-24 repeat bars 17-20 from new positions;

25-26 1s 2s 3s set;

27-28 6 hands round to the left (1 place);

29-30 all turn partner both hands;

31-32 6 hands round to the left (1 place), finishing with 3s at the top.

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

Dance Notes

    -0   Make the set a neat circle: 1M at 1 o'clock, 2L at 3 o'clock, 2M at 5 o'clock, 3L at 7 o'clock, 3M at 9 o'clock, 1L at 11 o'clock.

    -8   1s finish back in places; all face partners.

  9-16 Always pass the same dancer in the same way in the interlocking reels.

    -12 Acknowledge your partner before turning away.

25-26 1s 2s 3s set as separate couples.

27-32 In these instructions, the hands round are one place only around the set, leading to 312 as the equally acceptable progression; the original version requires hands round halfway which is less elegant (cf The Duchess Tree, bars 11-16).

29-30 All should be back in original places while turning.

    -32 Finish in a neat circle.


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Dance Information

Loch Fyne meaning Loch of the Vine or Wine, although there is no evidence for grapes growing there - it was more metaphorical, such as meaning that the River, 'Abhainn Fìnn', was a well respected river, is a sea loch on the west coast of Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It extends 65 kilometres (40 miles) inland from the Sound of Bute, making it the longest of the sea lochs.
Inveraray Bridge Wind On Loch Fyne Image
Inveraray Bridge On Loch Fyne


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