Guests at Mairi's Wedding

Malcolm Austen

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On Tue, 08 Feb 2011 16:50:20 -0000, Malcolm Austen
<xxxxxxx.xxxxxx@xxxxx.xxx.xx> wrote:

> I have some notes on bars 25-40 but they are not mine, so I'll seek
> permission before posting them on here.

Janine Scott, who teaches a class in Paphos in Cyprus, has given me
permission to distribute these notes. She has commented that they are just
personal notes written after being taught the dance by a visitor to Paphos.

I note that they actually cover only bars 25-36, don't forget the turn on
the end as I did last night ... cries of 'how do we make that fill 8 bars'
were heard :-)

regards, Malcolm.

Janine's notes:

At the end of the 'Mairi's Wedding Reels' the order of dancers is ...

                       4M, 1L 2M 3L 2L
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                       5M 1M 5L 3M 4L

because all 4 of the 1/2 diagonal reels are completed only the 1s & 3s are
opposite their partners, (unlike Polharrow Burn when only 3 of the 1/2
diagonal reels are completed). In other words the set is jumbled to start
with rather than the other way around!

- for the first 1/2 diagonal, the 4's (who are in the 1st ladies, and 5th
mans positions) stand still
- for the second 1/2 diagonal, the 2M and 5L stand still (the 1st half
diagonal got them 'home')

The bit in MiniCrib where it says 'M down' supposedly refers to the 1M &
3M as 'lead dancers' because in fact the 2M dances up in the first 1/2
diagonal R&L

I think that one of the most useful tips for learning the R&L bits is that
after both 1/2 diagonal R&L the 1's & 3's finish where they start (just
like they do for the reels), and for the other dancers to think of where
they have to finish, not necessarily how they get there!

at the end of the diagonal R&L's the order should be (if you're lucky!)

                  2L 1L 4L 3L 5L
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                  2M 1M 4M 3M 5M

then the 1s lead down to 5th position & 3's cast up to finish.....

                  2L 3L 4L 5L 1L
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                  2M 3M 4M 5M 1M

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