Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Coulter's Candy

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

COULTER'S CANDY (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Barry Skelton Stepping Stones

1- 8 1s lead down the middle and back
9-16 1s cross RH, cast 1 place, 1s turn RH 1¼ times to Lady between 2s and Man between 3s facing up
17-24 2s+1s+3s Adv&Ret, 1s turn RH 1¼ times to 2nd place own sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s Adv&Ret and dance DoSiDo

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

Dance Information

The title of this dance, Coulter's Candy, comes from the Coulter's Candy - Song a Scottish folk song, originating from Galashiels in the Scottish Borders written by Robert Coultart as an advertising jingle for an aniseed-flavoured sweet, manufactured in Melrose.

The recipe is no longer known, but the song lived on.

Ally bally, ally bally bee,
Sittin' on yer mammy's knee,
Greetin' for a wee bawbee,
Tae buy some Coulter's candy.

A bawbee was a Scottish halfpenny.

Coulter's Candy Song - Information Video

Coulter's Candy
Sittin' On Yer Mammy's Knee - 1898

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