FINTOWN  SET
            2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set is from County Donegal, Ireland.
    Chain:  ladies give right hands at shoulder-height to one another in the center and
                 high-hands-left to the opposite gent; dance around the gent (no arch) and give
                 high-hands-right on the way home; partners do not chain to-place.
    Swing in ceili hold.
    The ordinary polka step (down-2-3) is to be danced for Figure One and the ordinary reel
                 step (lift-2-3-4) is to be danced for Figure Two.
    Gents dance forward on the left foot and ladies begin forward on the right foot.
    Bar counts (measures of music) for patterns are shown in bold.
    The total bar count for each Figure includes an eight-bar introduction of music.
    First side couple is on the left of the first top couple.
    Documentation is based upon a workshop taught by Mick Mulkerrin
                 at Ellenville, New York USA on April 16, 2005.
    Edition of December 19, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
 
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 1 -- POLKAS (224 BARS)
All couples: quarterhouse in waltz hold16;
interlacing advance and retire twice, holding inside hands (top couples begin
          and side couples begin two bars later)8;
swing in ceili hold8.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" pass through to opposite (ladies between the opposite couple) and pass one
          another right-shoulder-to-right-shoulder to-place4;
pass through to home (ladies between the opposite couple) and pass one another
          right-shoulder-to-right-shoulder to-place4;
chain around opposite partners in the center, right-hand-in-right (one-half turn)4;
while still in the center, give left hands to original partners and chain around
          to-place at home (one full turn)4;
swing in ceili hold8.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   24.
Top couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   24.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   24.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER" advance and retire once, right-hand-in-right4;
advance again, form a trio-and-one and retire (first top gent takes the second top
          lady’s left hand as she dances anticlockwise ending at the first top gent’s left
          side, raise hands to her left shoulder; first top gent pulls-the-hand of his
          partner to her right shoulder and the second top gent takes the ladies’
          inside hands)4.
Trio and one: advance to the second top position2;
          ladies dance under the second top gent’s arms and the first top gents retains
                   the ladies’ inside hands2;
          dance to the center2;
          form a circle-of-four (gents’ hands high on the ladies’ backs and ladies hands
                   resting on the gents’ shoulders)2;
little Christmas clockwise8;
little Christmas anticlockwise6; reverse to-place2.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER"    32.
 [ Second top and second side couples do not lead the pattern.]
All couples: take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice8;
swing in ceili hold8;
take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice, raising hands on bars five
          and six and lowering them on the last two bars (sometimes verbally
          whoop or squeal when raising hands)8.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 2 -- REELS (184 BARS)
Top couples: house around each other in waltz hold8.
Side couples: house around each other in waltz hold8.
All couples: swing in ceili hold8.
Top couples:

REPEAT "MARKER" holding inside hands, advance and retire once4; advance to the center, drop

          hands and individual partners face respective side couples (that is, face
          out of the set)4;
pass through the side couples (gents dance through the couple originally on the left
          and ladies dance through the couple originally on the right)2; turn toward
          respective homes and dance to home2; advance, no touch, to the center2;
          form a circle-of-four (gents’ hands high on the ladies’ backs and ladies hands
          resting on the gents’ shoulders as in Figure One)2;
little Christmas clockwise6; reverse to-place2.
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   24.
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER"  ladies give right hands to the center and pinwheel around to the opposite
          gent4; give left hands to the opposite gent and both turn one and one-half
          times to-place at the ladies’ opposite position4;
swing new partner in ceili hold8;
gents give left hands to the center and pinwheel around to partners at the opposite
          position4; give right hands to partners and turn one and one-half times
          to-place at the opposite position4;
swing original partner in ceili hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER"   until original partners swing at home32.
All ladies: take hands in a circle and advance and retire once, raising hands on bars one and
          two and lowering them on the last two bars (sometimes verbally whoop
          or squeal when raising hands)4.
All gents: take hands in a circle and advance and retire once, raising hands on bars one and 
          two and lowering them on the last two bars (sometimes also verbally
          whoop when raising hands)4.
All couples: take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice8;
swing in ceili hold8;
take hands in a circle; second top couple form an arch and first top couple leads
          all couples under the arch to-place at home (first top couple release inside
          hands only after passing under the arch and the top gent leads the gents to
          the left and the top lady leads the ladies to the right; second top couple also
          turn under their own arch)8;
take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice, raising hands on bars five and
          six and lowering them on the last two bars (sometimes verbally whoop or
          squeal when raising hands)8.

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