Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Cradle Song (Drewry)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE CRADLE SONG (S8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Canadian Book 1977

1- 8 1s+2s petronella into centre and set, ¾ turn partner RH and dance RH across ½ way (2s and 1s have changed places)
9-16 2L followed by 2M also 3M followed by 3L chase clock-wise ½ way to change places, 3s+1s+2s turn partners (1s LH and 3s and 2s RH)
17-24 3s+1s+2s turn partners (other hand), 1L+3M also 1M+2L (nearer hands joined facing out) turn clockwise to place 3M/2L into 3rd/1st pstns (opposite sides) while 3L and 2M cross over to own sides, 1s set while 2s+3s chase (round 1s) clock-wise 1 place to end 213 (on own sides)
25-32 2s+1s+3s set, circle 6H round to left and spiral out to places

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


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Dance Information

Also see the dance The Cradle Song (Hay) by Alec Hay.

The title of this dance, The Cradle Song, comes from The Cradle Song - Song written by James Scott Skinner in 1888.

John Drewry's instructions tell us this is a slow air- danced with slow strathspey steps- to the tune "The Cradle Song by James Scott Skinner (in Skinner's Logie Collection 1888). The air was originally a song with words by Alexander Hastings, from Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

Skinner's inspiration for the song was said to be the sight of a sick child in the arms of its mother, whom he stumbled upon in a hotel room in Forres, Scotland.


The Cradle Song - Song Video

The Cradle Song - YouTube Video
Cradle Song Painting Image
Baby In Cradle
"Baby (Cradle)" Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), Oil On Canvas, c. 1917-1918


Image Copyright Gustav Klimt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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