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Peat Fire Flame

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PEAT FIRE FLAME (R8x40) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Bon Accord Book

1- 8 1s cast 1 place and dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s and turn ¾ LH to face 1st corners
9-16 1s turn 1st corner RH, pass partner RSh and turn 2nd corner LH pass partner LSh to face 1st corners
17-24 1s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners and ½ diagonal reel with 2nd corners to end in centre BtoB facing 3rd corners (1st corner persons)
25-32 1s set to 3rd corners and dance round one another clockwise to 4th corners, set and dance clockwise to face out on opposite sides
33-40 1s dance out and cast round 1st corner into centre while 2s and 3s dance ½ R&L, 2s+1s+3s turn RH. 213

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


Peat Fire Flame
John Drewry   Bon Accord Book
Reel   8 x 40 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-2   1s cast;

  3-6   1s half figures of 8 round 2s;

  7-8   1s turn by the left;

  9-12 1s turn first corners by the right and pass by the right;

13-16 1s turn second corners by the left;

17-20 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with first corners;

21-24 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with second corners;

25-26 1s set to first corners (in partner's first corner position);

27-28 1s dance round clockwise back-to-back to face second corners (in partner's second corner position);

29-30 1s set to second corners;

31-32 1s dance round back-to-back finishing facing out on opposite sides;

33-36 3s2s half rights and lefts WHILE 1L cast up to finish facing down between 2s WHILE 1M cast down to finish facing up between 3s;

37-40 1s turn by the right 1¼ times WHILE 2s 3s turn by the right, finishing 2s1s3s.

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


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The title of this dance, Peat Fire Flame, is also the title of The Peat Fire Flame - Song a Scottish folk song with English lyrics, adapted from the original Gaelic, assembled by the Celtic poet Kenneth MacLeod, the Gaelic editor of "Songs of the Hebrides", to accompany the tune itself, "The Peat Fire Flame", a centuries old reel.

Far away and o'er the moor,
Far away and o'er the moor,
Morar waits for a boat that saileth,
Far away down Lowland way,
I dream the dream I learned, lad,
By the light o' the peat-fire flame,
Light for love, for lilt o' grail-deeds,
By the light o' the peat-fire flame,
The light the hill-folk yearn for.

Peat (also known as turf) is an accumulation of partially decayed vegetation or organic matter which can be harvested as an important source of heat (and light) in certain parts of the world, notably Scotland.

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