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Caddam Wood

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CADDAM WOOD (R5x32) 5C set John W Mitchell SCD Archives

1- 8 1s+5s cross RH, cast in 1 place and turn partners RH 1¼ times to end in line in the middle Ladies facing down and Men up
9-16 1s+5s dance RSh reel of 4 in middle while 2s+3s+4s dance RSh reels of 3 on own sides (3L up and 3M down to start)
17-24 2s+1s also 5s+4s dance RH across and LH back ending with 1M facing 5L in centre
25-32 1M+5L turn RH 1½ times to change place, then 1L+5L also 1M+5M turn LH 1½ times to end own sides Men's side 23451 and Ladies 51234

Repeat with new partners 4 more times

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

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Dance Information

This reel, Caddam Wood, was named after the tune Caddam Wood, which was reputably penned by Coupar Angus's Adam Rennie (or perhaps Kirriemuir's Jim Cameron).

Caddam Wood is a tract of wooded land in County Angus just to the north of Kirriemuir, north of Dundee, Scotland.

Here is an interesting story appearing on Peterborough RSCDS Afternoon Tea Dance crib in 2018:

One evening at a Summer School Ball in St. Andrews, during one of the reels, the band started to play the tune "Caddam Wood". Miss Milligan immediately stopped the dance and informed the band, in no uncertain terms, that the tune was not one which she had selected for them to play, and, furthermore, that as the tune was a 'Pipe March', it should never be used for country dancing. The following day she complained in class about the use of pipe tunes, modern dances in general and five couple dances in particular. This dance was devised and walked through that very afternoon to commemorate the significant event which had occurred on the previous evening!

The 1891 novel, The Little Minister by J.M. Barrie was Set in "Thrums", the fictional name for the author's native Kirriemuir, and features a mysterious gypsy woman who emerges from the fairy world of Caddam Wood.

Caddam Wood Song - Information Video

Caddam Wood
Pathway In Caddam Wood, Kirriemuir

Text from this original Peterborough RSCDS Afternoon Tea Dance crib, 2018.
Image copyright Alan Morrison under this Creative Commons Licence 2.0.
Additional search terms: Cadam, Caddamwood.

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