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Langholm Fair

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LANGHOLM FAIR (S3x32) 3C set Jean Attwood Alexander Book 3

1- 8 1M followed by 2M and 3M dance across top of set, down behind Ladies; Men pass between Ladies to own side (to end in reverse order) and all set
9-16 2s dance RH across (2L with top couple and 2M with bottom couple), 2s pass RSh and dance LH across with other couple
17-20 1L followed by 2L+3L dance across top of set and down behind Men who pull back LSh, turning in place to face down and take prom hold with partners
21-24 3 couples Promenade ½ round to original positions, 1s remaining in middle facing up
25-32 1s cast to 2nd place (2s continue dancing up) and 1s turn 2H; 1s cast to 3rd place (3s step up) and 1s turn 2H. 231

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

Langholm Fair
Jean Attwood Alexander Book 3
Strathspey 3 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 3 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-4   1M followed by 2M3M dance across the top of the set and down behind Ls;

  5-6   3M 2M 1M cross (below 1L 2L 3L) to own side;

  7-8   all set on sides;

  9-12 2L up (with 3M1L), 2M down (with 3L1M), right hands across, 2s finishing by passing right shoulder;

13-16 2M up (with 3M1L), 2L down (with 3L1M), left hands across;

17-19 1L followed by 2L3L dance across the top of the set and down outside the Mn's line;

20-20 Ls continue down outside the Mn's line WHILE 1M 2M 3M turn on the spot to take partners with promenade hold;

21-24 1s followed by 2s3s lead to the top;

25-26 1s cast to 2nd place WHILE 2s change to nearer hands and lead up to 1st place;

27-28 1s turn both hands;

29-32 1s repeat bars 25-28, finishing in 3rd place.

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

Dance Notes

  1-4   Take long steps to avoid cutting corners.

  5-6   3M 2M 1M cover while crossing.

17-19 Take long steps to avoid cutting corners.

    -16 Ls flow from left hands across into dancing up.

    -20 Ls must not arrive beside their partners too soon.

    -24 3s stop on reaching original places but 2s continue smoothly.

    -26 2s stop on reaching 1st place.

    -32 1M flow from the turn to follow the new 1M 2M to start the next repeat.

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Langholm, also known colloquially as the "Muckle Toon", is a burgh in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, on the River Esk and the A7 road.

The town grew around the textile industry, but is now best-known as the birthplace of Hugh MacDiarmid and Thomas Telford. The population in 2001 was 2,311.


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