Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Farewell To The North

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

FAREWELL TO THE NORTH (M-(J32+S32+R32)) 4C set Ian Barbour Set & Cast Off Vol 1

1- 8 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance LH across and RH back
9-16 All dance reels of 4 on sides
17-24 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance Poussette
25-32 All circle 8H round and back. 2143

1- 8 1s and 4s set, cross RH and cast to ends, all set. (1)23(4)
9-16 All dance a Progressive Grand Chain for 4 couples:
 1s and 4s turn once round RH as 2s+3s change places RH on sides, 1s+3s also 2s+4s change LH on sides, 3s and 2s turn once round RH as 1s+4s change places RH on sides, 3s+1s also 4s+2s change places LH on sides to end (4)32(1)
17-24 2s+3s dance ½ R&L, all set and cross RH. 4231
25-32 All circle 8H round and back.

1- 8 4s+2s also 3s+1s turn on sides (4s and 1s turning in between 2s/3s to start), 1s lead up to 1st place making an arch for 4s who dance down to 4th place
9-16 All dance Coupe pas-de-basque
17-24 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance the Chain Progression:
 1s+2s also 3s+4s ¾ turn RH, 1M+2L also 3L+4L turn LH 1½ times as partners chase clockwise ½ way, 2s+1s also 4s+3s turn RH to...
25-32 All circle 8H round and back

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

Dance Information

The title of this dance, Farewell To The North, comes from the My Heart's In The Highlands - Poem written by Robert Burns in 1789.

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

The Scottish Highlands
The Scottish Highlands

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