Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Musician And The Pilot's Wedding

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Musician and the Pilot's Wedding
Jane and Brian Rose  2016
Reel   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-8   1s 3s face down and to the left, 2s 4s up and to the left to start parallel reels of 4 on the sides;

  9-10 1s lead down by the right;

11-12 retaining hold, 1M turn 1L halfway under raised arms;

13-14 1s lead up by the right;

15-16 1s turn by the right, finishing facing down with nearer hands joined in the centre, slightly above 2s who face up;

17-18 with 1s as a single dancer, 2M1s2L balance-in-line;

19-20 2M1L turn by the right, 1M2L by the left, finishing 2s in 1st place, 1s in the centre facing down with nearer hands joined, slightly above 3s who face up;

21-24 1s repeat bars 17-20 with 3s, 1s finishing slightly above 4s who face up;

25-28 1s repeat bars 17-20 with 4s, 1s finishing in the centre in 4th position;

29-32 with birl hold, 1s turn 1½ times to finish in 4th place.

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

Dance Notes

    -20 2s must progress to finish in 1st place.

    -24 3s must progress to finish in 2nd place.

    -28 4s must progress to finish in 3rd place.

29-32 With a very tight grip, the more sprightly can birl 2½ times.

(Dance notes by Reuben Freemantle)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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Dance Information

This dance was written to celebrate the wedding of Ken Martlew (the musician) and Petula Allen (the pilot) on 3 September 2016.

The first 8 bars represent them dancing in the same area but without knowing each other.
The second 8 bars depict their meeting and dancing together.
The next 12 bars see them meeting each other's family and friends.
In the final 4 bars, the turn or birl expresses the couple's joy of marriage and dancing together.

(Dance information by the devisers)

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