The Jack Canny Half Set

Category: Irish Set
Description:


“Born Parish of Tulla, December 1912, ‘getting on for 79 at the moment’, lived there till 23 or 24, then migrated to England for 14 to 15 years and got married there, then migrated to Australia, drawn by the land of sunshine from the cold winters, in 1962. First to Melbourne, but didn’t like living in big cities, and when I come to Canberra I thought, this is the place for me and I’ve been here ever since.” Source: Recorded interview, National Library of Australia Jennifer Gall

When Jack Canny was dancing in Clare in the 1920s and 1930s, sets were danced to whatever music was being played by the musician. Very often, it was polkas, which is hard to believe today as reels seem synonymous with Clare dancing. This set can be danced all three figures separately or together without stopping, to either reels, polkas or jigs (down-step).

SPACE - Takes more room than a full set of 8 people. Gents should ensure not to dance too close together in the centre — allow room for both ladies to turn with their backs to each other in the centre while they are facing the gent.

* STEPS - Use basic steps for reels, jigs, polkas - (heel)1,2,3; (heel) 1,2,3 rather than the “advance” version of 1,2, 1,2,3 or slide & slide & 1,2,3. The latter will not work.

Dance by Nora Stewart, originally added from notes available on setdancing.com.auAdditional notes in [].

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Figure 1: At home in clare - the clare cosy (Reel)

88 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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"...And during the cold frosty nights in the winter time and there was a local fiddler called O'Malley which used to come in and we'd talk nice to him and ask him to play for a set and we'd all get out and dance the Clare Set to get the frost off of our bones"

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1 Everyone
Dance at home 1 turn only on the spot
4
2 House halfway Across to opposite 4
3 Advance & retire [This begins the Clare Cosy] Advance facing into the set (hip to hip) in waltz hold * 2
4 Turn the lady under Couples make an arch (L & R) and the Lady turns under clockwise full turn to face her partner who is dancing on the spot & they return to waltz hold 2
5 House to the left Couples house to their LEFT 1 & 1/4 turns into the next place,facing into the set 4
6 Repeat 3 to 5 Repeat this movement 3 times, moving each time to the left around the set until back to home place. 24
7 Dance at home 1 turn only on the spot 4
8 House halfway Across to opposite 4
9 Repeat 3 to 5 Dance these movements 4x to repeat the Clare Cosy 32
10 House 8

Figure 2: Leaving home: the bridge (Reel)

96 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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"I'm the only one that had itchy feet. I wanted to travel and I don't regret it. I suppose we're all built different. They preferred to live back home in their own country and they were happy to do so"

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1 Everyone
Dance at home 1 turn only on the spot
4
2 House halfway Across to opposite 4
3 Advance [This begins The Bridge] Couple advance facing into the set (hip to hip) in waltz hold * 2
4 Ladies change partners Ladies keep advancing to the opposite gent who is retiring and takes the new lady in waltz hold as they both advance/retire to the gents’ home place. 2
5 Dance 1 turn at home 4
6 Dance at home 1 turn only on the spot 4
7 House halfway Across to opposite 4
8 Repeat 3 to 5 To repeat The Bridge 8
9 Dance at home 1 turn only on the spot 4
10 House halfway Across to opposite 4
11 Little Chain Each couple starts this opposite their own position [the first time].
Couples face own partner, right hand in right and pass each other right shoulder.
Turn & give left hand to your opposite and pass left shoulder.
Turn & give right hand to your own partner and pass right shoulder.
8
12 Repeat the bridge across and back [Ending in your original home position.] 40
13 House 8

Figure 3: Arriving in canberra: the Canny chase (Reel)

96 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Advance & retire 2x Circle up and advance and retire
8
2 Dance at home Moving slowly diagonally right and centre to meet the other couple in the middle. 8
3 Christmas Swing and break off after 6 bars + 2 bars back to place 8
4 Ladies chain Low right hand [with opposite lady] chain.
Ladies left hand to gents left hand, turn lady under, following the lady around.
Ladies right shoulder cross and then right hand to gent & turn in facing the set.
8
5 Advance Right hand in right - couples advance facing into the set * 2
6 Ladies turn under Ladies turn under rh in rh, clockwise to face the gent, while the gent dances in position 2
7 Gents change dance on Gent dances to the LEFT into the next gent’s position [the position that would be filled if this were a full set], while still holding the ladies’ hand [as she dances to follow him] 2
8 Lady chases Lady “chases” after him and is turned under anti-clockwise into the next ladies position, beside her gent with both facing into the set, rh in rh. 2
9 Repeat 5 to 8 Repeat 3x 24
10 Dance at home Moving slowly diagonally right and centre to meet the other couple in the middle. 8
11 Christmas Swing and break off after 6 bars + 2 bars back to place 8
12 Ladies chain Low right hand [with opposite lady] chain.
Ladies left hand to gents left hand, turn lady under, following the lady around.
Ladies right shoulder cross and then right hand to gent & turn in facing the set.
8
13 House Double to finish 8
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Modified on 2019-08-07 09:16:38.
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