Chris1Ronald Feb. 2, 2006, 4:53 a.m. (Message 44034)
Eccles Rant - No Answers?
Dear Strathspey list, I've not received even one reply - on or off list - to my queries (below) about this dance. I think this may be a first for the strathspey list, which usually delivers an almost instantaneous reply on just about anything. Does it mean that no-one has done this dance for a long time, if ever? I assume it must have been somewhat popular at some time, for it can be found in the Wee Green Book. Or would that be a rash assumption? I'm going to try the dance anyway... and I'm quite expecting to find out why no-one has done it for a long time! Chris, New York. "I've been reading the instructions for Eccles' Rant in the 18th Century Book, and am planning to teach it soon. I wonder if there's anyone out there who knows the dance and could answer a few questions. 1. Would you face out on bar 8 (ready to cast), or would you complete the Petronella turn, and then begin to cast on bar 9? 2. The instructions specify that second couple move up on bars 11 to 12. But, if the aim is to be helpful to first couple, they should rather step up on bars 9 to 10 while first couple are casting to second place. Any comments on that? 3. As first couple, would you retain nearer hands on bar 16, ready for the circle with the second couple. (It would seem a bit unnatural to break hands only to rejoin a moment later.) 4. Can anyone comment on the origin of the name, which is also the name of the lead tune, besides the fact that Eccles is a town near Manchester, best known for its Eccles cakes."