Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Frae Many A Blunder Free Us

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Frae Many a Blunder Free Us
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 2: Let's dance
4x32 bar reel
4-couple dance in square set

  1-8   TURN PARTNER AND MEN WHEEL: All turn partner with right hands (4 bars), then men dance left hands across in the middle ending back-to-back in the middle facing partner;

  9-20 ROTATING INTERLOCKING REEL OF 4 (12 BARS): All dance partial reels of 4 through the center (Bar 9: pass partner by the right shoulder; Bars 10-11: women dance ¾ left hands across AS men dance ¼ round the periphery of the set; Bar 12: pass partner by the right shoulder; Bars 13-14: men dance ¾ left hands across AS women dance ¼ around the periphery of the set; REPEAT Bars 9-14 (all end as at the end of Bar 8, men back-to-back in center);

21-24 TURN INTO ALLEMANDE: All turn partner once round with right hands ending in allemande hold facing anticlockwise;

25-31 ¾ ALLEMANDE: All dance in allemande hold ¾ anticlockwise around the set ending one place clockwise of original places turning women under at end;


Repeat 3 times.

(Dance crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

Dance Information

The title of this dance, Frae Many A Blunder Free Us, comes from the last verse of To A Louse - Poem written by Robert Burns in 1786.

O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
An' foolish notion:
What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us,
An' ev'n devotion!

Gie Us The Gift
Inscription Of The Temple Of Delphi
"Know Yourself, Youth Between Vice And Vertu" Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678), Oil On Canvas, c. 1613 - 1678

Image copyright Attributed to Jacob Jordaens [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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