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The Foula Reel

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THE FOULA REEL (J4x48) 4C set RSCDS Book 4
Running step, 2 steps per bar

1- 8 1s lead down the middle and back
9-24 1s turn RH, 1M turns 2L LH as 1L turns 2M LH, turn partner, turn 3s, turn partner, turn 4s (as Strip the Willow) and cast up own side to top
25-32 2s+3s+4s kneel and clap as 1s with nearer hands joined dance down Ladies' side and up Men's side making arch over the kneeling dancers
33-48 All join 2H with partner and 1s dance in and out to bottom as 2s+3s+4s in unison shuttle first to Ladies' side and back to Men's side moving up as 1s pass

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

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Foula, located in the Shetland archipelago of Scotland, is one of the United Kingdom's most remote permanently inhabited islands.

Foula was first inhabited as far back as 5,000 years ago and owned since the turn of the 20th century by the Holbourn family.

The name "Foula" derives from Old Norse Fugley, "bird island": compare the Faroese name of the island of Fugloy, "bird island", and Scottish Gaelic Fughlaigh.

The Voe, Foula
The Voe, Foula
This Inlet Serves As A Harbour

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