Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Le Moyne And Roger Farrell Of Ithaca

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Le Moyne And Roger Farrell Of Ithaca 1x160 bar Strathspey for 4 Couples Rod Downey The Cane Toad Collection
A 160 bar strathspey for four couples in a square set.

FIRST FIGURE
1-8 All dance eight hands round and back.
9-16 The four women dance four hands round to the left half-way, dance in towards the middle and cast to the right, dance out of the set passing the opposite man by right shoulders and dance clockwise round the outside of the set to finish back in original places.
17-24 The four men (starting on the left foot) dance four hands round to the right half-way, dance in towards the middle and cast to the left, dance out of the set passing the opposite woman by left shoulders and dance counter-clockwise round the outside of the set to finish back in original places. All finish facing partner with both hands joined.
25-28 All set with the Highland Schottische setting step dancing into the middle to begin. The men begin with the left foot. The men change feet at the end of bar 28.
29-32 All turn partner with both hands one and a half times to finish with the women facing in and the men facing out.

SECOND FIGURE
1-8 All dance "Schiehallion" reels half-way round the set - the men following their partner. The women finish facing in and the men finish facing out.
9-16 All dance a (modified) double Ladies' Chain.
 9-10 The four women dance left hands across half-way round
 while
 the four men dance clockwise to partner's places.
 11-12 The four women turn the opposite man with right hands half-way round.
 13-14 The four women dance left hands across half-way round
 while
 the four men dance clockwise to partner's places.
 15-16 All turn partner with right hands once round (that is, extend the last turn to finish with men having partner on right).
 The men finish facing in and the women finish facing out.
17-24 All dance "Schiehallion" reels half-way round the set - the women following their partner. The men finish facing in and the women finish facing out.
25-32 All dance a double Men's Chain.
 25-26 The four men dance left hands across half-way round
 while
 the four women dance clockwise to partner's place.
 27-28 The four men turn the opposite woman with right hands half-way round.
 29-30 The four men dance left hands across half-way round
 while
 the four women dance clockwise to partner's place.
 31-32 All turn partner with right hands half-way round to finish in original places facing in.

THIRD FIGURE
1-2 All set with nearer hands joined with partner.
3-4 All dance a "Petronella" turn ' in tandem' with partner to finish on the corners of the square facing in.
5-6 All set with nearer hands joined with partner.
7-8 All dance a "Petronella" turn ' in tandem' with partner to finish on the sides of the square (one place round counter-clockwise) facing in.
9-10 First and third couples set advancing with nearer hands joined with partner.
11-12 First and third couples dance four hands round to the left half-way to finish facing partner.
13-14 First and third couples turn partner with both hands once round moving clockwise to finish with first couple facing fourth couple and third couple facing second couple.
(This turn resembles a tourbillon turn, with the first lady "going around" the first man; and similarly the third couple. So that the line will finish from the top, 2L facing 3M, 1L facing 4M and 2M faces 3L, 1M faces 4L.)
15-16 All set with nearer hands joined with partner.
17-24 All dance reels of four up and down the set passing by right shoulders to begin.
25-28 First and third couples pass the dancer they began the reel of four with by right shoulders and dance a chase, clockwise, to finish back where they started the end of bar 8, but in partner's place, facing partner. The chase will have 1L with 1M following, and 3L with 3M following.
29-32 First and third couples turn partner with right hands one and a half times to finish facing in. All couples will be as they were at the end of bar 8.

FOURTH FIGURE
1-32 All repeat the Third Figure except that second and fourth couples dance bars 9-16 and bars 25-32.
All finish facing partner.

FIFTH FIGURE
1-8 All dance interlocking reels of four round the outside of the square passing partner by right shoulders to begin. All finish facing partner.
9-16 All dance a grand chain changing places with partner with right hands to begin. All finish facing partner with both hands joined. The men will be facing anticlockwise and the women clockwise around the set.
17-20 All set with the Highland Schottische setting step travelling counterclockwise half-way round the set. The men begin with the left foot.
 17 All set on the spot rotating by pulling back the right shoulder one eighth of the way round to the left to finish with the men with their backs towards the middle.
 18 All dance on one place counter-clockwise. This does require reasonably long steps.
 19 All set on the spot similarly rotating one quarter of the way round to the left to finish with the women with their backs towards the middle.
 20 All dance on one place counter-clockwise to finish back in original places.
 The men change feet at the end of bar 20.
21-24 All turn partner with both hands twice round.
25-32 All dance eight hands round and back.

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


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

This dance, Le Moyne And Roger Farrell Of Ithaca, was devised in August, 1996.

Le Moyne and Roger are friends in Ithaca, New York, USA. The dance is a gift for their hospitality.

Suitable music - "Kinfauns Castle" recorded by The Ron Gonnella Strings with George MacIlwham on "The Lad O' Kyle" (AB 008), side 2, track 5 or "Scotch Mist" recorded by Ian Muir and the Craigellachie Band on "Bath Scottish Dancers" (EO 838), side 1, track 5.

Town of Ithaca marker in front of the Town Hall
Tioga Street, Ithaca, New York


Published in The Cane Toad Collection.
Dance information from The Cane Toad Collection Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey.
Image copyright Kenneth C. Zirkel, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.

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