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John Markham's Rant

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John Markham's Rant 32 bar Reel for 3 couples Rod Downey The Golden Bear Collection
A 32 Bar Reel for 3 Couples in a 4 Couple set.

1-4 1C cross RH, and cast into second place on opposite sides, with 2C stepping up on 3 and 4.
5-8 1C cross LH and cast 1L up around 2L and 1M down around 3M.
1M finishes between 3C facing up, and 1L between 2C facing down.
9-12 1L with 2C and 1M with 3C advance and retire up and down the set.
13-16 2L and 3L turn RH back to place. 2M and 3M turn RH back to place.
1C cross RH and cast around their second corner positions, and finish in second place on opposite sides.
17-20 1M with 2L and 3L; 1L with 2M and 3M advance and retire across the set.
21-24 2C and 3C turn partner with LH back to place, while 1C change places LH and cast man down lady up around fourth corner positions to finish as at the end of bar 8.
25-28 Taking hands, all set twice three and three across.
29-32 1C turn RH 1ΒΌ times (or by choice) to finish in second place.

Repeat, having passed a couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Rod Downey, Johnsonville SCD Club Tutor)

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This reel, John Markham's Rant, was devised on 26/4/2020.

John Markham is a longstanding member of the Johnsonville SCD Club, and longstanding friend. He likes dances with lots of movement.

The recommended tune is "The Fairy Hillock" which is traditional.

The recording I have in mind is that for "The Highland Lass" by the Schiehallion SCD in the LP "The Canadian West Coast Sound". Failing that, I would try Alastair Hunter's version in the Etive Selection.

Alternative music should be a driving reel with strong 4 bar phrases.

The advance and retire movements was inspired by Ann Campbell's dance The Dancing Bells, from "Who's Who in Toronto".

(Dance information from The Golden Bear Collection Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey)

Published in The Golden Bear Collection, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey.

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