Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Rambling Pitchfork

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE RAMBLING PITCHFORK1 (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Iain Boyd, 1987, All Kinds of Everything

1- 8 1s+2s+3s dance reflection reels of 3 on own sides (1s in and down to start)
9-16 1L followed by 1M dances Tandem Fig of 8 round 2s and ends crossing to opposite sides but with nearer hands joined
17-24 1s dance down middle and ½ turn (1L under 1M's arm) to own sides and dance up to the top
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 213

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


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Dance Information

A rambling pitchfork is an expression used to describe an itinerant farm labourer.

The Rambling Pitchfork Jig is also the title of a traditional Irish session tune played in the key of D major.

The Rambling Pitchfork Song - Information Video

Farm Labourer
"Farm Labourer" Harry Becker (1865-1928), Red chalk, c. Before 1929


Image copyright Harry Becker [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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