Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The One O'Clock Canon

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE ONE O'CLOCK CANON (R5x32) 4C set Ian Brockbank RSCDS Book 47
Each couple dance 64 bars. A New Couple starts after 32 bars (i.e. on bars 1, 33, 65 and 97)

1- 8 1st couple cross RH, cast down 2 places, cross RH and cast up to 2nd place
9-16 1st couple dance RH across with couple above, 1st couple dance LH across with couple below
17-24 All dance RSh reels of 4 on sides
25-32 1st couple turn RH on sides with person above, 1st dance LH across with couple below and 1st couple cast to 3rd place as 3s dance up to 2nd place
33-40 (New Couple starts as at bar 1) as 1s dance R&L with bottom couple
Note: New dancing couple will dance through middle of R&L
41-48 Top couples also bottom couples dance RH across, middle couples dance LH across
49-56 All dance RSh reels of 4 on sides
57-64 Top couples also bottom couples turn RH on sides, middle couples dance LH across and both couples cast off 1 place as bottom couple dance up to 2nd place

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


Dance Notes

On bars 159-160 the 4th couple dances up to 3rd place.

(Dance Notes by Charles Upton)


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Instruction Videos

The One O'Clock Canon - YouTube Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

Devised by Ian Brockbank after an idea by Caroline Bradshaw, The 'One O'Clock Gun' can be heard daily at 1pm in Edinburgh, when a gun is fired from the castle.

"Canon" in the dance name is not a misspelling; it is a clever reference by Ian Brockbank to the dance format (a canon) in which the new top couple start their repeat while the previous top couple continue with their second 32 bars.

He has also composed a 64-bar reel tune, called "The One o'Clock Cannon", which he recommends for use with the dance.

One O'Clock Gun Image
One O'Clock Gun
Looking towards the West End of Edinburgh from the castle ramparts, the barrel of the famous One O'Clock Gun is visible on the top left of this shot.



Image Copyright Mary and Angus Hogg under this Creative Commons Licence.
Additional search terms: 1 O' Clock, O Clock.

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