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Mairi's Hangover

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MAIRI'S HANGOVER (R4x32) 4C set Peter Giles Cambridge University Strathspey and Reel Club

1- 8 1s and 4s turn RH (2 bars) and cast inwards (2 bars), 1s+4s turn LH (2 bars) and dance ¾ LH across (2 bars) to end with Men at the top (4M facing 2M/ 1M facing 2L) Ladies at bottom (4L facing 3M/1L facing 3L)
9-24 1s+4s dance "Mairi's Wedding" reels round set (pass LSh in middle) while 2s and 3s dance 2 diagonal reels of 4 dancing ½ LH across in middle. 1s+4s pass partner LSh at end to finish 1M facing 3M, 1L facing 3L, 4M facing 2M, 4L facing 2L
25-32 All dance Reels of 4 across and 1s+4s cross RH at end to 3rd/2nd places
33-40 2s+4s+1s+3s circle 8H round and back

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


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Dance Information

The title of this dance is a witty take on Mairi's Wedding.

The figures also echo those in Mairi's Wedding, except that they are for four dancing couples, not three.

Hangover Drawing Image
"The Hangover" Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), Drawing: Black Indian Ink, Pen, Brush And Chalk, c. 1888


Image Copyright Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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