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Message 4011 · 29 Apr 1996 19:54:02 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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This is copied from "The Alexander Dances Book 3" by Jean Attwood.

LANGHOLM FAIR a Strathspey for 3 couples

Bars 1 - 4 The boys looking for a partner - 1st man followed by 2nd & 3rd
men, dance across the top of the set and down behind the women.

Bars 5 -6 1st man crosses to 3rd place below 3rd woman, 2nd man to 2nd
place below partner, and 3rd man to 1st place below 1st woman.

Bars 7 -8 All join hands on the side and set once.

Bars 9 -16 General movement of the Fair - 2nd woman with 1st woman and 3rd
man, 2nd man with 1st man, and 3rd woman dance right hand across, 2nd couple
passing each other by the right to dance left hands across with otrher
"couple".

Bars 17 - 20 Girls choose their partners - 1st woman, followed by 2nd & 3rd
women, dance across the top of the set and down behind the men, to end side
by side with original partner, the men having the longway round on bar 20.

Bars 21 - 24 1st couple followed by 2nd & 3rd couples, dance half promenade
to original places, 1st couple finishing side by side in the middle facing
up.

Bars 25 - 26 The handfasting - 1st couple cast off one -place on own side
while 2nd couple continue dancing up the side.

Bars 27- 28 1st couple tun once round with both hands.

Bars 29 - 30 The marriage - 1st couple cast off another place on own side,
3rd couple moving up.

Bars 31 - 32 1st couple turn one round with both hands.

Repeat with new top couple.

Note: Handfasting was a form of trial marriage which took place in Scotland
during the 16th to 18th centuries. Annual Handfasting Fairs were held (one
such being near Langholm, in the borders) where young couples, joining hands
before witnesses, would undertake to live together as man and wife for the
following twelve months. They would then return to the Fair the next year
wher, if the handfasting had proved satisfactory, they would be married by a
travelling priest.

Jeanetta McColl <XXxXxxx526@xxx.xxx>

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