Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Here's A Hand (Ackerley)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

HERE'S A HAND (M-(2xS32+2xR32)) 4C Set Jill Ackerley South African SCDs

1- 8 1s+2s dance R&L
9-16 1s+2s+3s circle 6H round and back
17-24 All set, dance DoSiDo and set
25-32 1s cast to 4th place (2s+3s+4s step up) and all turn RH

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


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

Also see the dance Here's A Hand (Firth) by S Firth.

The title of this dance, Here's A Hand, comes from the Auld Lang Syne Poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song.

It is well known in many countries, especially in the English-speaking world, its traditional use being to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight and often to round off an evenings Scottish country dancing.

Auld Lang Syne (literally "old long since") is thought to be the second most commonly sung song in the whole world regardless of country, race or religion, after Happy Birthday.

Burns' Original line "And there's a hand my trusty friend!" is commonly written and sung as "And here's a hand, my trusty fiere".

And here's a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gies a hand o' thine;
And we'll tak a right guid willie-waught,
For auld lang syne!

Auld Lang Syne Song - Information Video

Auld Lang Syne
"Illustration To Robert Burns' Poem Auld Lang Syne By J.M. Wright And Edward Scriven" John Rogers (c. 1808 - 1888), engraving, c. 1841


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Text from this original Auld Lang Syne article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright (cropped) John Masey Wright (1777-1866, artist) John Rogers (c. 1808-c. 1888, engraver) Adam Cuerden (1979-, restorationist) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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