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The Braw Wooer

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THE BRAW WOOER (J8x40) 10 bars phrases 3C (4C set) John Drewry Rondel Book

1-10 1s and 2s set twice, 1s cast 1 place, cross up and cast to 2nd place opposite sides while 2s cross up, cast and cross up to top place own sides
11-20 2s+1s+3s dance reels of 3 on sides (1s down between 3s to start) and 1s turn RH to 2nd place opposite sides facing out
21-30 1s cast RSh round 1st corners into centre, turn LH 1½ times, dance out other end, cast to 2nd place own side and into centre BtoB (Lady facing up Man down) while 2s+3s dance R&L ending with 2s and 3s dancing in to face down/up
31-40 2s+1L also 1M+3s circle 3H round to left, 1s dance down/up own side and 3H round to left with other couple to end in 2nd place on opposite side and cross RH

(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, The Braw Wooer, comes from The Braw Wooer - Song written by Robert Burns in 1795.

Last May, a braw wooer cam doun the lang glen,
And sair wi' his love he did deave me;
I said, there was naething I hated like men-
The deuce gae wi'm, to believe me, believe me;
The deuce gae wi'm to believe me.

"The Braw Wooer" is Scots for "the brave lover" or "the fine lover" and the song is about a rich laird and a conniving young lassie.

The Braw Wooer Song - Information Video

The Braw Wooer
The Braw Wooer, From A Study In Tone-Poetry, Printed Music, c. 1903

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