Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Awa' Whigs Awa'

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AWA' WHIGS AWA' (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Hugh Foss Dances to Song Tunes

1- 8 1s set and turn 2H, 1s cast 1 place and cross RH
9-16 1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides
17-24 2s+1s+3s set and 2s also 3s ½ turn partners 2H as 1s turn once, 1s dance ½ reels of 3 across (1L with 2s, 1M with 3s) all end on own sides
25-32 1s lead down and cast up round 3s, 1s lead up and cast round 2s. 213

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

The title of this dance, Awa' Whigs Awa', comes from the Awa' Whigs Awa' - Poem written by the Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1789.

Awa' Whigs, awa'!
Awa' Whigs, awa'!
Ye're but a pack o' traitor louns,
Ye'll do nae gude at a'.

Whigs may be considered the forerunners of the Liberals and many blamed them for selling out Scotland's crown, identity and heritage.

Awa' Whigs Awa' Song - Information Video

Awa' Whigs Awa' printed copy of the song
Awa' Whigs Awa', From A Collection Of Songs, Printed Music, c. 1837

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