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A "Google" search helped me find this 6 year old Strathspey posting by
Malcolm Brown [of course I could have used the Strathspey search just as
well, Anselm].

It makes clear that "Bourrel" has been chosen by Bob Campbell to replace
the word Birl. So let us keep to the deviser's preference.

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Bourrel

"mlbrown" <xxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xxx>

Message 22248 · Wed, 30 Aug 2000 18:05:49 +0100 ·

Greetings Pia

In the notes at the back of the book Glasgow Assembly & other dances,
devised by Bob Campbell and published by TAC in 1970 - 1982, appears the
following:

THE BOURREL

This progression, first used in Campsie Glen, also appears in the Northern
Meeting and Frae A The Airts and was originally known as the Birl. As
birling, in its strict sense, does not occur in our dancing the term
Bourrel has been substituted.

As someone else pointed out, it also appears in bars 1-8 of My Friend Joe,
also devised by Bob Campbell

To save you the trouble of looking it up;

1-4 1M 2L set and turn both hands to finish b to b, M facing down Lady up
(both pull back R Sh), while their partners dance anti-clockwise round them
to finish facing partner;

5-8 all set to partner and turn RH

If you can get across to your class / group that this combination is called
a Bourrel it saves an awful lot of breath, (and memory). - besides it has a
touch of naughtiness - "Bourelling" in a dance!

Malcolm

Malcolm & Helen Brown
Tir-Nan-Og - York (UK)

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On 15 Nov 2006 at 18:33, Simon Scott wrote:

> There should be some discussion of the bourrel in the Strathspey Archive. I
> seem to remember that Robert Campbell (the inventor of the formation) used
> to call it >the birl< at first,

> Anselm

> Yes, Anselm, I do remember that Bob called it the "birl" at that time.

> Simon Vancouver
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Happy dancing,

Eric [who has a new e-address; the old one still works]

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