Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Happy Ferryman

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE HAPPY FERRYMAN (R4x32) 4C set Marie Boehmer Ness House 1

1- 8 1s and 3s cast down behind own sides, turn outwards and dance back to places
9-16 All dance reflection reels on own sides (1s and 3s in and down to start)
17-20 1s and 3s cross down 1 place and face out while 2s and 4s dance up 1 place and face in and all Balance-in-Line on sides
21-24 1s and 3s dance out and about turn to face in while 2s and 4s passing partner RSh face out on opposite sides and all Balance-in-Line
25-28 2s+1s also 4s+3s ½ turn on sides meet partner in middle (1234), 1s followed by 2s+3s+4s dance up, 1s cast, 2s to 1st place, 3s to 2nd place and 4s to 3rd place
29-32 1s continue to cast to bottom and cross over while 2s and 4s cross RH and loop round in to 1st and 3rd place while 3s stand for 2 bars and cross. 2341

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Highland Ferryman Painting Image
"The Highland Ferryman" William Dyce (1806-1864), Oil On Canvas, c. 1858

Image Copyright William Dyce [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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