Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Bunting Bee

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE BUNTING BEE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Rod Downey Johnsonville Collection, 2016

1- 8 1s lead down (3 steps), lead up (3 steps), Cross&Cast (2s step up). 1s face down
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance Grand Chain (2s cross at top, 2s+3s RH on sides to start)
17-24 1s cross down, cast up round 3s, dance up and cast to 2nd place own side
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

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


The Bunting Bee 32 bar Strathspey/Reel for 3 Couples Rod Downey The Johnsonville Collection
A three couple 32 bar strathspey (or reel) in a four couple set.

1-8 First couple lead down (3), and up (3) and cross over casting into second place to face down. Second couple step up on bars 7 and 8.
9-16 2C, 1C, 3C grand chain.
17-24 First couple cross down between the third couple, cast up dance with nearer hand up between the second couple and finish in second place on own side.
25-32 Six hands round and back.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Rod Downey, Johnsonville SCD Club Tutor)

Dance Notes

This dance is a teaching dance for grand chain and could also be performed as a reel.

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Instruction Videos

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Dance Information

This dance, The Bunting Bee, was devised on 29th March 2014.

The name comes from a tribute to the highly energetic 2013 beginners who organized themselves to have a "bunting bee" to produce tartan bunting for our hosting of the region's "New Dancers' Celebration" in late 2013.

Recommended music is "Callum's Road" by D. Shaw played ABAB, and a set of suitable tunes can be found for the track "Moranbank", which is track 9 of the CD "A' the Best from Banffshire" by Colin Dewar and his Band.

This dance could also be performed as a reel. In this case I would suggest the tune "Walking on the Moon" by Addie Harper, and an excellent set or reels with this as part is by Bobby Brown and his Band, "Celtic Fire in the Music" CD 1, track 9.



Dance information from The Johnsonville Collection Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey.

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