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This set is also known as the Connemara Jig Set and some references call it Freres Nantais and was revived by Seamus O Meoloid. It was originally danced as a half set. Notes originally added from Toss The Feathers by Pat Murphy, reproduced with permission.

The “hug” swing is done with the right hand on the partner’s waist and left hand holding their right elbow or upper arm.

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Figure 1: Tug and cross

Jig, 280 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Circle Advance & Retire 2x Circle, advance and retire twice, dancing 1-2-3-4, in and back.
8
2Lead Around Tug & Swing Each gent brings his right hand clockwise over his partner's head, leaving it on her right shoulder and taking her left hand in front too. All lead around anti-clockwise. On the last bars, the gent brings his arm forward over the lady's head as they face each other, holding both hands. They both dance one step back, pulling against each other; then they take one step forward, pulling each other forward (the tug) and swing. They hug each other as they swing.  Another way to think of this movement is the "tug and hug."16
3Tops
Advance & Return 2x Holding crossed hands in front, top couples advance facing in and retire facing out, twice. The motion is similar to Shoe The Donkey with an advance, 2, 3, turn out, advance 2, 3, turn in, repeat.
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4Lead Around Top couples lead around anticlockwise, with each gent's arm over the lady's shoulder, holding both hands.8
5Tug & Swing Corner Couples face their partners, tug, dance one step back; then change places, crossing clockwise (2b). They tug again and dance back to their own side, facing towards their own corner as they go back (2b) and swing the person in the corner (4b).8
6Everyone
Advance & Return 2x With the dancers facing their own partners, all advance and retire twice with their swinging partner.
8
7Lead Around With their new partner, all lead around the couple facing them.8
8Tug & Swing Partner All tug in the corner (2b); then cross back, gents on the inside, and swing their own partners (6b).8
9Sides
Dance 2 to 8: Side couples leading.
64
10Tops
Dance 2 to 8: Top couples leading.
64
11Sides
Dance 2 to 8: Side couples leading.
64
12Everyone
Lead Around & Swing All lead around and swing.
16

Figure 2: Half chain

Jig, 248 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Circle Advance & Retire 2x Circle, advance and retire twice.
8
2Lead Around Tug & Swing Lead around, tug and swing.16
3Tops
Chain Halfway Ladies chain, right arm in the centre, left hand to opposite gent, dancing around him as he turns anti-clockwise to place his arm over her shoulder, taking her right hand too (4b); then lead across anticlockwise to each lady's original position (4b).
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4Chain Home Ladies chain back to their own partners.8
5Advance & Return 2x Advance and retire twice.8
6Lead Around Inside8
7Tug & Swing Couples tug and swing.8
8Sides
Dance 2 to 7: Repeat with side couples leading.
56
9Tops
Dance 2 to 7: Repeat with top couples leading.
56
10Sides
Dance 2 to 7: Repeat with side couples leading.
56
11Everyone
Lead around and swing
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Figure 3: Full chain

Single Jig, 256 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Tops
Advance & Return 2x
8
2Ladies Chain Ladies chain, right arm in the centre, left arm to opposite gent, right hand on the way back and left hand to their own partner, going around him as he turns and places his arm over her shoulder.8
3Lead around the centre8
4Tug and swing8
5Sides
Dance 1 to 4
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6Tops
Advance, Return & Cross Holding both hands, couples advance, retire and cross (anti-clockwise), each lady turning clockwise once under the gent's right hand.
8
7Advance, Return & Cross home Couples advance and retire holding both hands8
8Swing in Four Swing in four in the centre.8
9Ladies chain8
10Lead around, tug and swing16
11Sides
Dance 6 to 10
48
12Tops
Dance 6 to 10
48
13Sides
Dance 6 to 10
48

Figure 4: Gates

Hornpipe, 176 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Circle, Advance & Retire 2x
8
2House around8
31st Tops
Show The Lady Holding right hands, top gent turns the lady clockwise four times, as they dance anticlockwise around inside the set.
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41st top gent
Advance & Retire 2x With Corner Holding near hands with his own partner and the lady on his left, top gent advances and retires twice.
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5Gates Gent and the two ladies dance the high gates. With the gent following each time, side lady passes under the arch8
61st Sides
Dance 1 to 5: Repeat with first side couple (on the right)
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72nd Tops
Dance 1 to 5
40
82nd Sides
Dance 1 to 5
40
9Everyone
Circle, Advance & Retire 2x
8
10House around8

Figure 5: Foraer a neaintin

Polka, 136 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Circle, Advance & Retire 2x
8
2Lead Around Lead around in waltz hold, facing forward without turning.8
3Dance in Place Turning twice.8
4Adv & Retire, Ladies Move On All circle, advance, retire, advance and each gent turns (anti-clockwise) to the lady on his left, placing his right arm around her waist as she moves forward on the outside, to join him in waltz hold.8
5Lead Around Lead around in waltz hold with new partners.8
6Dance At Home All dance at home with their new partners.8
7Repeat 4 to 6: Repeat until dancing at home with own original partners again.72
8Circle, Advance & Retire 2x8
9Hug Swing Swing (hug) to finish.8

Added on 2016-08-09 09:21:43.
Modified on 2017-02-13 13:42:23.
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