Three couple set.
|A1||First couple lead between the two women, separate (man down/woman up), cast around one person, meet and lead between the two men, separate and stand between the other couples facing up and down.|
|A2||In those lines kick-balance to the left, right, left, right. On the start of the next phrase the first couple leap to their left to stand between the other two people of their sex, this leap counts as the first balance of another batch of left, right, left, right.|
|B1||Contra-corners: first couple half-turn right and go to their first corner to turn left; back to partner to turn about three-quarters right and second corner left.|
|B.||First couple meet (it doesn’t matter which side they end up on) and gallop down and back to third place; all swing.|
Note that Cecil Sharp did not publish this dance in the first edition of the Country Dance Book part I, though there is a version of it in his notebooks, collected in Somerset; it was added by Maud Karpeles (who had collected a version in Devon) in the second edition and also published in the Community Dances Manual. It is included here for those who expect it to be in the Country Dance Book, but the words are mine, not Cecil Sharp’s, and describe the dance as done now, not as described in the nineteen thirties.
Maud Karpeles gave it as a triple minor (so, at the end, the ones slip down and back improper, right in right, and then turn once and a half in progressed place). Interestingly, she also specified a walk/running step for the initial lead through the women (right in right), but no-hands for the lead through the men. Although she specified balance left and right she didn’t say how the first couple got back to their own side — she simply says that the ones stand in the middle on their own side for the second set of balances.
Page transcribed by Hugh Stewart