Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

A Trip To Tobermory (Allen)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

A Trip To Tobermory (Allen)
Brian Allen Paris Book Vol 1
Strathspey 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-2   1s2s3s set facing partners;

  3-4   1s 2s 3s cross by the right;

  5-6   1s2s3s set facing partners;

  7-8   1s 3s turn ¾ by the right, finishing 1M1L3M3L on the centre line, Mn facing down, Ls up;

  9-16 1M1L3M3L reel of 4 on the centre line, all finishing on opposite sides, facing clockwise around the corners' square;

17-20 all chase clockwise halfway, finishing 3s2s1s on own sides;

21-24 3s 2s 1s turn with both hands;

25-26 2s1s set facing partners;

27-30 2s1s half rights and lefts, finishing facing in;

31-32 1s 2s cross by the right, finishing 3s1s2s.

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

Dance Notes

This strathspey, A Trip To Tobermory, is highly unusual in that the progression leaves the dancers in the order 3s1s2s rather than the normal 2s1s3s. 1s dance the second repeat as normally with the two couples below them but this means that it is the 3s of the full set who dance as 1s in the third and fourth repeats and so on.
At the end of the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats, 2nd couple of the active set (in 4th place of the full set) need to finish in 3rd place of the full set ready for bar 1 of the next repeat. No time is allocated for this; instead, for these repeats, only:

31-32 1s2s right hands across halfway, finishing 3s2s1s.

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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Dance Information

Tobermory (pronounced "tow-bur-mower-ay") is the capital of, and the only burgh on, the Isle of Mull in the Scottish Inner Hebrides.

It is located in the northeastern part of the island, near the northern entrance of the Sound of Mull.

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Text from this original Tobermory Mull article on Wikipedia.
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