Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Marjorie Crawford's Hornpipe

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Marjorie Crawford's Hornpipe 32 bar Hornpipe for 3 couples Rod Downey The Golden Bear Collection An 8 by 32 hornpipe for 3 couples in a 4 couple set.

1-8 First, second and third couple dance mirror reels of 3 on the sides, first couple dancing between second to begin. First couple finish with nearer hands in the middle facing down.
9-16 First couple dance down between the third couple, cast up around them dance (with nearer hands) up between the second couple and cast off to second place finishing facing their first corners. Second couple step up on bars 7 and 8.
17-20 First couple and first corners dance corners pass and turn (RS) finishing with the first couple passing RS ready for...
21-24 First lady with 3C and first man with 2C dance 3 hands across with the left hands, first couple passing right shoulder ready for...
25-28 First couple and second corners dance corners pass and turn but using left shoulder pass and the corners turning left hands, first couple passing left shoulder to be ready for...
29-32 First man with 3C and first woman with 2C dance 3 hands across with the right hand.

Repeat, having passed a couple.

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

Dance Information

This dance, Marjorie Crawford's Hornpipe, was devised on 15 May 2018 in memory of Marjorie Crawford.

Marjorie was my first tutor back in the 1990's, and taught me a great deal when I was becoming a tutor, particularly how to really listen to the music as a teacher. She had a great sense of humour and an impenetrable Glaswegian accent. Sadly she passed away in 2017.

The recommended tune is "The Ton" by James Aird played ABAB which is a traditional tune used for "Jessie's Hornpipe" and any good recording of this would be appropriate. I used the one by Stan Hamilton and his Flying Scotsmen, and the one by Jim MacLeod is also excellent.

I hope she might have enjoyed this dance.

(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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