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Mairi's Hangover

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MAIRI'S HANGOVER (R4x40) 4C set Peter Giles Cambridge University Strathspey and Reel Club

1- 8 1s and 4s turn RH (2 bars) and cast down/up (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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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
"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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