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Dumfries Rambler

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DUMFRIES RAMBLER (R4x32) 4C set Sue Petyt Lochmaben Collection

1- 8 2s and 3s dance ½ Fig of 8 round end couples and ending in middle 2s facing down 3s up, 2s+3s set and dance LH across ½ way. 1324
9-16 All dance reels of 4 on sides (2s and 3s pass corner RSh to start)
17-24 1s+3s also 2s+4s change places RH on sides, all set, 3s+1s also 4s+2s dance RH across
25-32 All circle 8H round and back. 3142

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

The Dumfries Rambler (R4x32) 4C set Sue Petyt Lochmaben Collection

1-4 Second couple dance half a figure of eight round the first couple and finish in the centre of the dance facing down, WHILE third couple dance half a figure of eight round fourth couple and finish in the centre of the dance facing up
5-6 Second and third couples set facing each other
7-8 Second and third couples dance left hands across half way round and finish second couple in third couples place facing down, and third couple in second couples place facing up. (Second man and third lady do not need to dance out to the side lines)
9-16 All dance reels of four on the sides, first and third couples, and second and fourth couples passing right shoulder to begin
17-18 First and third ladies, first and third men, second and fourth ladies, second and fourth men, change places on the side giving right hands
19-20 All join hands on the sides and set
21-24 Third couple with first couple, fourth couple with second couple, dance right hands across
25-32 All circle round and back
Finish 3,1,4,2

Repeat from new positions

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Sue Petyt, 2003)

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Dance Information

The music for this dance is available on the CD We Twa recorded by Kenny Thomson and the Wardlaw Band.
This reel, Dumfries Rambler, has been written for the Dumfries Branch of the R.S.C.D.S.

Dumfries is a market town within the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland, the final resting place of the immortal Robert Burns.

Burns Statue Dumfries
Burns Statue Dumfries

Dance information by the deviser, Sue Petyt.
Image copyright Phil Williams under this Creative Commons Licence 2.0.

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