Aherlow Set

Category: Irish Set
Description:


The set is dedicated to the memory of Mary Fox of Lisvernane, Aherlow, County Tipperary, who preserved the dance and passed it on to the present day dancers.
Originally entered from the notes by Pat Murphy in The Flowing Tide.

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Figure 1: Pass through & back (Polka)

144 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
House In waltz hold, dance two bars in place, then house around the set.
8
2 Tops
Pass Through & Back Top couples pass through to opposite positions, each lady passing between the opposite couple, turn clockwise at the opposite side and pass back to place.
8
3 Swing Top couples swing in waltz hold 8
4 Ladies Chain They take right hands (raised) in the centre, turn with left hands around the opposite gent, hands raised again, then chain back to place. 8
5 Swing Top couples swing in waltz hold. 8
6 Sides
Dance 2 to 5
32
7 Tops
Dance 2 to 5
32
8 Sides
Dance 2 to 5
32
9 Everyone
House In waltz hold, dance two bars in place, then house around the set.
8

Figure 2: Crossover (Polka)

112 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
House In waltz hold, dance two bars in place, then house around the set.
8
2 Tops
Adv & Retire, cross over Taking right hand in right with their partners, top couples advance and retire once, then cross anticlockwise to opposite positions with ladies turning once clockwise under the gent's right hand.
8
3 Repeat back to place Repeat, crossing back to place. 8
4 Swing Swing in waltz hold. 8
5 Sides
Dance 2 to 4
24
6 Tops
Dance 2 to 4
24
7 Sides
Dance 2 to 4
24
8 Everyone
House In waltz hold, dance two bars in place, then house around the set.
8

Figure 3: Advance & bow (Slide)

144 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
House In waltz hold, dance two bars in place, then house around the set.
8
2 Tops
Pass Through & Dance Around Top couples pass through with ladies in the centre and all turn clockwise to face the opposite lady or gent (4b). Moving forward to meet in the centre, all take the opposite persons left hand in left and dance one full turn anticlockwise around them. All should now be facing towards their own places. Still holding the left hands, all dance back to their own side and take their own partner's right hand in right a circle of four. All dance anticlockwise in the circle until they reach opposite positions, where the ladies turn clockwise to face their partners and then all face the opposite couple, letting all hands go.
16
3 Adv & Retire Twice Standing alone, all four dancers advance and retire twice, bowing to the opposite lady or gent the second time. 8
4 Slide in and house home Taking waltz hold, top couples slide to the centre and back, then dance (house) across to their own places. 8
5 Sides
Dance 2 to 4
32
6 Tops
Dance 2 to 4
32
7 Sides
Dance 2 to 4
32
8 Everyone
House In waltz hold, dance two bars in place, then house around the set.
8

Figure 4: Wheelbarrow (Polka)

208 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
House In waltz hold, dance two bars in place, then house around the set.
8
2 Tops
Ladies Chain
8
3 Swing In waltz hold. 8
4 1st Tops
Adv & Turn In waltz hold, first top couple slide to the centre (1,2,123) and dance at home from there, turning twice altogether.
8
5 Tops
Wheelbarrow Second top couple advance across the set holding right hand in right (4b). The second gent takes the first top lady's left hand in left as she turns anticlockwise to stand beside him and all three, the gent and two ladies, retire to second position. The gent is holding each lady's outside hand and the ladies hold each other's inside hands in front of the gent.
8
6 Advance & Retired Into A Circle The line of three advance across again (4b) and the ladies give their inside hands to the top gent. All four now retire to the centre, the ladies turn in to face each other and all form a circle, arms around each other's backs. 8
7 Swing Swing in four in the centre. 8
8 Dance 2 to 7 With second top couple leading. 48
9 1st Sides
Dance 2 to 7 With 1st side couple (on the left of 1st tops) leading.
48
10 2nd Sides
Dance 2 to 7 With 2nd side couple leading.
48
11 Everyone
In waltz hold, dance two bars in place, then house around the set.
8

Figure 5: Sevens in (Hornpipe)

64 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
7's In and Back 2x Holding right hand in right, all face their own partners. Starting with a hop, all dance 'sevens' to the centre and back twice.
8
2 House In the old céile hold, holding raised right hand in right, palm to palm and also holding their partner's right elbow with their left hands, all couples house around. 8
3 Dance 1 and 2 Three times. 48

Figure 6: Leadaround (Polka)

120 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Adv & Retire 2x All advance and retire twice in a circle.
8
2 Swing All couples swing in waltz hold. 8
3 Lead Around Halfway With each gent's right arm around his partner's waist and her left hand on his shoulder, all lead slowly to opposite positions. 8
4 Adv & Retire, Ladies Move On All four ladies advance to the centre, bow and retire (4b), then all four gents advance to the centre, bow and retire (4b). While the gents advance and retire, the ladies move on to the next lady's position on the right. 8
5 Swing All swing their new partners. 8
6 Dance 3 to 5 Repeat until all swing their own partners again. 72
7 House All couples, in waltz hold, dance two bars in place, then house around the set. 8
Added on 2016-04-21 17:03:01.
Modified on 2017-09-19 12:29:01.
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