Here is on of my favorite dances in my new book, The Devil's Quandary. It's
been performed, locally several times and always shows well. Enjoy!
Bob Mc Murtry
San Francisco Branch
Golden Gateway Reel
32 bar Reel for 3 couples - 2000
1-8 1st man dances a left shoulder reel of three across the dance with the
2nd couple. 1st man starts by passing left shoulder with 2nd woman. 1st man
ends in the middle of the set between the 3rd couple, facing down.
9-16 1st woman dances a right shoulder reel of three across the dance with
the 2nd couple, while 1st man dances a right shoulder reel of three with the
3rd couple. 1st woman passes right shoulder with 2nd man, while 1st man
passes right shoulder with 3rd man to begin the reels. 2nd couple end the
reel in top place, at the sides. 1st woman ends between the 2nd couple and
1st man between the 3rd couple, first couple facing down (Fig.1, page 24).
17-20 1st couple cast to their right around the standing men to end facing
first corners. 1st couple turn first corners for 4 bars, finishing facing
same corners. (Fig. 2, page 24).
25-32 1st couple set to first corners, then to each other across the set.
1st couple set to second corners, then to each other up and down the set. 1st
couple finish with a petronella-type turn to second place on own side.
Repeat, having passed a couple.
Dance Notes: On bars 9-16, 2nd couple should dance up a bit at the beginning
of the reel in order to end the reel in top place. Also both the 1st man’s
and 1st woman’s reels start with right shoulder on the men’s side of the
dance to start.
Music: Not I, on Gang on the Same Gate by Green Ginger (CD).