South Kerry Set

Category: Irish Set
Description:

This set was recorded by Muiris O ‘Brien.
Notes from Toss The Feathers by Pat Murphy, reproduced with permission.

Additional notes from Set Dancing News
According to Mick [Mulkerrin], this set is danced very flat, with no batter, and with hands held rather higher than normal in the waltz hold at about gents’ shoulder level. Mick had the set from Muiris Ó Briain whose local set this was and to whom we are indebted also for the Portmagee Miserk and the Caragh Lake Jig set. In Eileen O’Doherty’s book of sets, “SET LEFT - SET RIGHT”, this set is given with three other variations of the House and square to home..

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Figure 1: Gents Chain (Polka)

80 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Tops
Chain Top gents chain around each other with right hands in the centre (6b) while the ladies move left to the gents’ positions. Then both couples swing in place (10b).
16
2 Ladies Cross Top ladies cross left shoulder to left shoulder, turn with left hands around the opposite gent and dance back to face their partners. who have moved across to face in on the ladies side. 8
3 House Top couples house, ladies reversing for the first two bars. 8
4 Slide in and back Top couples slide in and back then turn once in place. 8
5 Sides
Dance 1 to 4
40

Figure 2: Slide and Home (Jig)

144 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
House and square the corner All reverse the lady to her corner (2b) then house three-quarter way around (6b) to end with the gents’ backs towards the centre. All couples slide to the corner, turn clockwise slightly on the last step so that the gents are facing in then slide across to their own position and turn once in place.
16
2 Tops
Slide in and back Top couples slide in to the centre, slide back and turn in place.
8
3 Slide in and back Top couples again slide in to the centre, slide back and turn in place. 8
4 Repeat 1 to 3 32
5 Sides
Dance 1 to 3
32
6 Repeat 1 to 3 32
7 Everyone
House and square the corner
16

Figure 3: Ladies Chain (Polka)

96 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
House and square the corner
16
2 Tops
Ladies Cross Ladies cross left shoulder to left shoulder, chain with left hands around the opposite gent, dance back, right shoulder to right shoulder and swing their own partners.
16
3 Everyone
Lead Around All lead around to home with each gent’s right arm around his partner’s waist and her left hand on his shoulder.
8
4 House and Square the corner In waltz hold, all couples house three-quarter way around (8b), square the corner as in figure 2 and turn once in place. 16
5 Sides
Ladies Cross Ladies cross left shoulder to left shoulder, chain with left hands around the opposite gent, dance back, right shoulder to right shoulder and swing their own partners.
16
6 Everyone
Dance 3 and 4
24

Figure 4: Drag the Lady (Jig)

136 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
House and square the corner
16
2 Tops
Advance and retire Top couples take partner’s right hand, advance and retire once then cross on the left with gents leading. Advance and retire again on the other side and lead back to place.
16
3 Swing Top couples swing. 8
4 Advance and retire Top couples take partner’s right hand, advance and retire once then cross on the left with gents leading. Advance and retire again on the other side and lead back to place. 16
5 Swing Top couples swing. 8
6 Sides
Dance 2 to 5
48
7 Everyone
Lead around, House, Square the Corner
24

Figure 5: Slide and Cross over (Slide)

128 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
House and square the corner
16
2 Tops
Slide in and back, House across Slide in and back then house to the opposite side. They slide in and back again there and dance back to place.
16
3 Slide in and back, ladies cross Slide in and back again then top ladies cross right shoulder to right shoulder and face the opposite gent. 8
4 House House around with new partners. 8
5 Slide in and back, Ladies chain to partner Slide in again with new partners then ladies cross left shoulder to left and chain with left hands around opposite gent (their own partner) (8 bars). From here they dance a full ladies’ chain, right hands in the centre, left around the opposite gent and pass back, right shoulder to right, to face their own partners (8 bars). 16
6 House House again. 8
7 Sides
Dance 2 to 6
56

Figure 6: Change Partners (Polka)

216 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1 Everyone
Circle Circle, advance and retire twice then swing in place.
16
2 Wheel The four gents join right hands in the centre and dance around clockwise until back facing their partners. While the gents are in the centre, each lady moves left to her partner’s position, so that he finishes back in her position facing her. 8
3 Swing Swing. 8
4 Lead around, House, Square the Corner Lead around (8b), house three-quarter way around (8b), square the corner and turn in place (8b). 24
5 Wheel The gents join hands and dance around the centre again. This time, the ladies move on to the right and swing the next gent. 16
6 Lead Around, House, Square the Corner Lead around (8b), house three-quarter way around (8b), square the corner and turn in place (8b). 24
7 Repeat 5 and 6 Repeat three times, so that all finish by dancing the Lead around with their own partners. 120
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Modified on 2013-03-22 08:25:50.
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