SET  FORMATION    ARMAGH  SET

                     2008   Larry E. Taylor

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 SET FORMATION    This set is from County Armagh, Ireland.  It was originally a buck set (for eight gents).

 SET FORMATION    First side couple is left of the first top couple.

 SET FORMATION    High gates:  With a gent in the middle of two ladies, all holding closest hands in a line,

              form an arch for a lady to dance under;  the gent follows the lady;  the dance-under-

             the-arch order differs for the two high gates herein.

 SET FORMATION    Swing in waltz hold.

 SET FORMATION    Gents dance forward on the left foot and ladies begin forward on the right foot.

 SET FORMATION    Bar counts (quantities of measures) for dance patterns are shown in bold.

 SET FORMATION    The total bar count for each Figure includes an eight-bar introduction of music.

 SET FORMATION    Documentation is based upon a workshop taught by Pat Murphy at Milwaukee,

             Wisconsin USA in August 1998.

 SET FORMATION    Edition of March 03, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 

   
 SET  FORMATION   FIGURE 1 -- JIGS (104 BARS)    Dance an ordinary jig step (down-2-3).
All couples: take crossed-hand (rights on top) and lead around anticlockwise8;
REPEAT  "MARKER" while gents dance in-place, ladies dance clockwise half-way around the set
          (inside the set) and face the opposite gent4;
new couples dance a no-touch back-to-back, beginning right-shoulder-to-right-
          shoulder4;
while ladies dance in-place, gents dance anticlockwise half-way
          around the set (inside the set)and face original partner4;
original couples dance a no-touch back-to-back, beginning right-shoulder-to-
          right-shoulder4;
swing in waltz hold8;
take hands at shoulder-height and dance one complete turn2;
chain to home, taking hands at waist-height (gents dance anticlockwise,
          ladies clockwise)6;
swing in waltz hold8;
repeat from    REPEAT  "MARKER"    except gents first dance halfway around40;
full house in waltz hold8.
 SET  FORMATION   FIGURE 2 -- JIGS (128 BARS)    Dance an ordinary jig step (down-2-3).
All couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice8;
swing in waltz hold8.
Top couples: while side couples dance in-place (no turns), advance and retire once, right-
          hand-in-right4.
Side couples: while top couples dance in-place (no turns), advance and retire once, right-
          hand-in-right4.
Top couples: while side couples dance in-place (no turns), advance and retire once, right-
          hand-in-right4.
Side couples: while top couples dance in-place (no turns), advance and retire once, right-
          hand-in-right4.
Top couples: still right-hand-in-right, crossover anticlockwise with the lady leading; while
          crossing, turn the lady clockwise once (to opposite)4.
Side couples: still right-hand-in-right, crossover anticlockwise with the lady leading; while
          crossing, turn the lady clockwise once (to opposite)4.
Top couples: still right-hand-in-right, crossover anticlockwise with the lady leading; while
          crossing, turn the lady clockwise once (to home)4.
Side couples: still right-hand-in-right, crossover anticlockwise with the lady leading; while
          crossing, turn the lady clockwise once (to home)4.
All couples: swing in waltz hold8;
repeat from    REPEAT  "MARKER"    (Tops again begin first on line three)56;
full house in waltz hold8.
 SET  FORMATION   FIGURE 3 -- REELS (216 BARS)    Dance an ordinary reel step (lift-2-3-4).
All couples: take crossed-hand (rights on top) and lead around anticlockwise8;
Top couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" with their left couple :
          pinwheel with the right hand4; pinwheel with the left hand4;
          little Christmas6; reverse to home2.
Side couples: with their left couple:  repeat the preceding sixteen bars16.
First top couple: REPEAT  "MARKER"REPEAT  "MARKER" high gates with the opposite lady (solo lady crosses the set);
          under-the-arch order:  visiting lady, partner, visiting lady8.
Top couples: take inside hands in a circle and dance clockwise to opposite (releasing

          hands when near-place)4;

pass through to home (first top couple in the middle); take right-hand-
          in-right and turn the lady under anticlockwise as both partners
          dance to-place (gents dance outside ladies)4;
swing in waltz hold8;
repeat from    REPEAT  "MARKER"REPEAT  "MARKER"    with second top couple leading (first top lady
          crosses and second top takes the middle on the pass-through)24.
Side couples: repeat from    REPEAT  "MARKER"   80.
Top couples: with their left couple :
          pinwheel with the right hand4; pinwheel with the left hand4;
          little Christmas6; reverse to home2.
Side couples: with their left couple:  repeat the preceding sixteen bars16.
All couples: full house in waltz hold8.
 SET  FORMATION   FIGURE 4 -- JIGS (128 BARS)    Dance an ordinary jig step (down-2-3).
All couples: take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice8;
dance at home, in waltz hold (two revolutions)8;
REPEAT  "MARKER" with corner-partner:
          advance and retire once (no-touch)4;
          dance no-touch back-to-back (begin left-shoulder-to-left)4;
          advance and retire once4;
          face and dance anticlockwise (no-touch) around the corner-
          partner and end facing original partner4;
dance at home, in waltz hold (two revolutions)8;
Top couples:

with their left couple :

          square:  gents dance clockwise outside the ladies who dance

          anticlockwise to the first corner of a square(2); dance on-the-spot
          while turning to face the next corner of the square(2); repeat the
          preceding four-bar pattern three times(12); turn the lady under
          anticlockwise as both partners dance to-place at home
          (right-hand-in-right)16.
All couples: dance at home in waltz hold (two revolutions)8;

repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   with side couples dancing with their left couples

          at the square48;

full house in waltz hold8.
 SET  FORMATION   FIGURE 5 -- REELS (136 BARS)    Dance an ordinary reel step (lift-2-3-4).
All couples: take crossed-hand (rights on top) and lead around anticlockwise8;
Top couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" gents and corner-ladies dance at home, making two revolutions as all
          others dance in-place6; to home2.
All couples: swing in waltz hold8.
Side couples: repeat the three lines above16.
All couples: chain:   top gents give right-hand-in-right and turn three-quarters around in the
          center(6); give left hands to the gent on the original right(2); all gents give
          right hands to and dance around the lady they are facing (top gents to
          a side lady and side gents to a top lady)(4); all dance to home with top
          gents dancing inside the right-side gents(2); give left hands to and dance
          around original partners to-place(2)   16;
swing in waltz hold8.

repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"  top couples again dance with corner-ladies but side gents

          begin the chain56;

full house in waltz hold8.
 SET  FORMATION   FIGURE 6 -- HORNPIPES (80 BARS)    Dance an ordinary hornpipe step (lift-2-3-4).
All couples: REPEAT  "MARKER" full house in waltz hold8;
gents dance two no-touch figure-eights in eight bars of music :
          dance to the center1; turn clockwise1;
          dance to home1; turn anticlockwise1; 
          repeat the figure-eight4;
dance at home in waltz hold (two revolutions)8.
Top couples: high gates with the lady on the left  under-the-arch order:   partner,
          visiting lady then partner8.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT  "MARKER"   except  side couples lead at the high gates32;
full house in waltz hold8.

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