Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Fugal Fergus

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

FUGAL FERGUS (J8x48) 3C (4C set) Hugh Foss Waveley Fugues
Fugue dance - Men copy Ladies 8 bars later

1- 8 1L followed by 2L+3L dance anticlockwise round 1+2+3M and back up to places (Men stand)
9-16 1L+2L+3L set and cross, set and cross back (Men repeat Ladies Figs but 8 bars behind)
17-24 1L+2L+3L set and cross RH, turn to right and 1L followed by 2L+3L dance clockwise and down own side (Men Ditto)
25-32 1L+2L+3L dance reel of 3 on own side (1L RSh to 2L to start) (Men Ditto)
33-40 1L+2L+3L dance ½ reel of 3 on own side, 1L+2L turn LH 1½ times on side to change places (Men Ditto but 1M and 2M pass LSh)
41-48 All Ladies stand while Men complete last Fig (Men Ditto and end 1M+2M turning RH)

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


Fugal Fergus
Hugh Foss   Waverley Fugues
Jig   8 x 48 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set
Ladies' instructions:

  1-8   1L2L3L chase all round the set to places (1L leading);

  9-20 1L2L3L set and cross 3 times;

21-24 1L2L3L chase across the top of the set and down own side;

25-36 1L2L3L 1½ reels of 3 (1L dancing in and up to start), finishing in own places;

37-40 1L2L turn by the left 1½ times.

Men's instructions:

  1-8   1M2M3M stand;

  9-44 Mn perform the same figures as the Ls for bars 1-36, i.e., running 8 bars later;

45-48 1M2M turn by the right 1½ times.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


Dance Notes

17-20 Ls set and cross for the 3rd time WHILE Mn set and cross for the 1st time; take hands.

23-24 1L must dance out and down ready to flow in and up to start the 1½ reels of 3.

25-28 1L2L3L must not hesitate in this first half reel of 3 and must leave space enough so that each M can dance below his partner on bar 28.

31-32 1M must dance out and down ready to flow in and up to start the 1½ reels of 3.

37-48 Ls turn by the left, M turn by the right at the end.


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


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Dance Information

In music, a fugue is a contrapuntal compositional technique in two or more voices, built on a subject (a musical theme) that is introduced at the beginning in imitation (repetition at different pitches) and which recurs frequently in the course of the composition.

The adjectival form of the word fugue, is fugal.

In this fugal dance, derivated from the dance Waverley (Fergus McIver), the Men dance 8 bars behind the ladies.

Fugue Image
A Portion Of Bach's C Minor Fugue No. 2


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