Patricia Ruggiero April 18, 2006, 9:12 p.m. (Message 45076)
RE: Instruction and music for the "Irish Washerwoman."
Source: A Choice Selection of American Country Dances of the Revolutionary Era, 1775-1795. Collected and edited by Kate Van Winkle Keller and Ralph Sweet. Published by the Country Dance and Song Society, Massachusetts, 1976. (3rd edition: 1993) Irish Wash Woman 32J/3cpls Longways for as many as will Play AABB (Original instructions from Asa Willcox) 1-2: All chasse' across the set, W facing up, M facing down 3-4: All rigadoon 5-8: repeat to places 9-16: 1s and 2s allemand; then allemand reverse (that is: allemand R, then allemand L) 17-24: 1s down the center and back, cast off 25-32: Circle 6 hands round and back. Modern dancers convert this to a duple minor, with circle 4 hands round and back. Note that the allemand is the "behind the back" handhold. Pat