Castle (Cashel) Set

Category: Irish Set
Description:


This popular set, sometimes called the Cashel Set, comes from county Tipperary.
Dance description and notes from Toss the Feathers by Pat Murphy. Reproduced with permission.

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Cashel by James Kelleher in Killarney
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Skip to 3:25 in the following video.  Dance called by Pat Murphy
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Figure 1: Pass through (Slide)

192 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Top Couples
House In waltz hold.
8
2 Pass through and back Couples cross to the opposite side, with ladies passing between the opposite couple and gents crossing on the outside. All turn clockwise on the spot at the other side, dance back to place and turn in to their partners. 8
3 Everyone
Advance and retire twice Holding right hands in right, advance and retire twice.
8
4 Ladies
Swing the gent on the right All ladies swing with the gent on their right, staying on his right after the swing.
8
5 Everyone
Circle, advance and retire twice
8
6 Ladies
Swing your partner Ladies dance back to swing with their own partners
8
7 Top Couples
Dance 1 to 6
48
8 Side Couples
Dance 1 to 6 Side couples dance first two movements and this time ladies swing with the gents on their left at 4, passing in front of their own partner to do so.
48
9 Repeat 1 to 6 Side couples dance first two movements and this time ladies swing with the gents on their left at 4, passing in front of their own partner to do so. 48

Figure 2: Wheel in line (Polka)

128 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Top Couples
House
8
2 Advance and cross Advance and retire holding right hands (4b); then ladies cross, passing left shoulder to left (2b) and swing one turn with the opposite gent (2b) 8
3 Lead around Ladies holding right hands in the center.  Ladies have their left hands on their swinging partner's shoulder and the gents have their right arms around the ladies' waists. 8
4 Swing Swing your new partner. 8
5 Repeat 1 to 4 Ladies returning to their original partner. 32
6 Side Couples
Dance 1 to 4 Ladies change partners.
32
7 Repeat 1 to 4 Ladies return to original partners 32

Figure 3: Ladies chain, lines of 3 (Polka)

192 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Top Couples
House
8
2 Ladies chain Right hands in the center, left arm turn around the opposite gent, right hands in the center and left hand turn around their own partners into place. 8
3 Swing in the center Leading gent and oppostie lady swing in the center, each reversing in between the side couple left of their own position, after the swing. 8
4 Advance and retire twice Leading lady and opposite gent advance and retire twice. 8
5 Threes advance and retire twice With arms around each others' waists, holding hands. 8
6 Everyone
Dance home and swing All dance two bars to their partners and swing.
8
7 Top Couples
Dance 1 to 6 Top lady and opposite gent leading
48
8 Side Couples
Dance 1 to 6 First side gent (to the left of first tops) and opposite lady leading
48
9 Repeat 1 to 6 Second side gent (to the right of first tops) and opposite lady leading 48

Figure 4: The hop (Hornpipe)

144 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Top Couples
House across, double home, clap & stamp House across to opposite position with hornpipe step, then double back to home (4b); gents dance across left shoulder to left; then all clap 3 times and stamp 4 times facing the opposite lady or gent (4b).
Patter:  Hop step-2-3, hop step-2-3, hop step, hop step, hop step, hop step.  Pass-2-3, pass-2-3.  Clap-clap-clap, stamp-STAMP, stamp, stamp.
8
2 House across, double home, clap & stamp House across then double back to home with new partner (4b); gents dance across left shoulder to left; then all clap and stamp facing the opposite lady or gent (4b) 8
3 Repeat 1 and 2 16
4 House across, double home. House across and double home as before, with original partners, then stop and wait while the other couples dance. 4
5 Side Couples
Dance 1 to 2
36
6 Top Couples
Dance 1 to 2
36
7 Side Couples
Dance 1 to 2
36

Figure 5: Slide and change (Slide)

248 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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This figure can also be danced to a polka
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1 Everyone
Long lead around All couples face to the right to lead around counter-clockwise. Each gent's right arm is around his partner's waist, holding her right hand, and they hold left hands in front of the gent's chest.  All dance forward to the next position (2b), dance on the spot (2b) and repeat both movements three times, dancing around to home.
* In some venues you'll find that people start this figure with an advance and retire in a circle as in the last movement.  Regardless of whether you think this is correct, if the majority of your set dance it this way, go with the flow.  You may also find that these dancers also add a circle after each long lead around.
** You may also find that some people prefer a hold with the gents right hand on the lady's right shoulder, holding hands with left hands held in front.
16
2 Top Couples
House inside
8
3 Slide in and house Slide to the center and back; then house around each other to the opposite side. Slide to the center and back again; then house back to home. 16
4 House inside 8
5 Ladies chain With right hands in the center, left arms turning around the opposite gent, right hands in the center again and give left hands to their partners turning around them into the lead around position. 8
6 Side Couples
Dance 1 to 5
56
7 Top Couples
Dance 1 to 5
56
8 Side Couples
Dance 1 to 5
56
9 Everyone
Long lead around All couples face to the right to lead around, each gent's arm around his partner's waist, holding both hands.  All dance forward to the next position (2b), dance on the spot (2b) and repeat both movements three times, dancing around to home.
16
10 Advance and retire twice in a circle 8

Figure 6: Catch the bus (Jig)

112 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Advance, retire twice and swing Circle, advance and retire twice (8b) and swing partners in place (8b)
16
2 Catch the bus Gents dance in, turning into lead around position, while ladies dance on outside to join the gent on the right (2b) then all lead around to the gents' original position (6b), each gent's right arm around the lady's waist and her left hand on his shoulder. 8
3 Repeat to home Repeat movements 1 & 2 with the ladies moving on until they are leading around with their own partners again. 72
4 Advance, retire twice and swing Circle, advance and retire twice (8b) and swing partners in place (8b) 16
Added on 2011-12-05 11:22:57.
Modified on 2017-10-13 14:29:06.
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