CONNEMARA  REEL  SET
         2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set is from County Galway, Ireland.
    Swing in ceili hold – except at some sites where the final swing of the set is in waltz hold.
    Chain:  High follow  --  The gent pull-the-lady’s-hand to arch position and follows her
              around at his position; ladies chain on the way home.
    Except when the gent steps first on the left foot for the house arounds, all dancers begin
              forward on the right foot for Figures 1 through 3.
    The traditional step for Figures 1 through 3 is a lift (slight hop) on the right with a heel-down
              on the left then down on the right, toe-heel (batter-step) on the left then down on the right.
    An ordinary polka step is danced in Figure 4 (gents begin forward on left foot and
              ladies begin forward on right foot:  down-2-3, down-2-3).
    Finish:  The final two measures of swings, house arounds and advance and retires
              in Figures 1 through 3 are traditionally a back, back, 1-2-3 (backward slightly
              on the right, then backward slightly on the left then in-place R-L-R; the final right
              is a light stamp or may be toe-tap across the left).
    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 right of the first top couple.
    Documentation is based upon a workshop taught by Mick Mulkerrin at Elkins,
              West Virginia USA in August 1996.
    Edition of October 2, 2006 -- Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
 
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 1 -- REELS (160 BARS)
All couples: lead around anticlockwise, holding crossed-hands (rights on top)6;
          turn the lady under with both hands and reverse directions2;
          lead around clockwise, holding crossed-hands, to home (lefts on top)6;
          finish (see heading)2;
swing6; finish2.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" advance and retire twice, holding crossed-hands6; finish (the second retire)2;
house each other, holding crossed-hands6; finish2;
swing6; finish and end facing into the set2.  REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER"
Side couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   24.
Top couples: ladies chain8;
swing6; finish2.
Top couples: ladies chain8;
swing6; finish2.
Top couples: repeat  from   REPEAT "MARKER"    through   REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER"  24.
Side couples: repeat  from   REPEAT "MARKER"    through   REPEAT "MARKER"REPEAT "MARKER"  --  except all couples swing/finish finally24.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 2 -- REELS (192 BARS)
All couples: lead around anticlockwise, holding crossed-hands (rights on top)6;
          turn the lady under with both hands and reverse directions2;
          lead around clockwise, holding crossed-hands, to home (lefts on top)6;
          finish2;
swing6; finish2.
Top couples: REPEAT "MARKER" first top gent and second top lady :
          box in the center6 (right-shoulder-to-right in2, sideways2,
          backwards1, sideways1);  finish2;
swing6; finish (reverse) to home2.
advance and retire twice, holding crossed-hands6; finish2;
house each other, holding crossed-hands6; finish2;
swing6; finish2 and end facing into the set.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   --  first side gent/second side lady; second top
          gent/first top lady; then second side gent/first side lady
          leading -- except all couples dance the final swing/finish120.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 3 -- REELS (184 BARS)
All couples: take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice8;
swing6; finish2.
First top couple: REPEAT "MARKER" advance and retire twice, in open-waltz hold6; turn out from one
          another and finish in the center2.
swing6; second top couple join first top for a circle-of-four2.
Top couples: little Christmas6; reverse to home2;
ladies chain8;
swing6; finish and end facing into the set2.
All couples: repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   --  first side couple; second top couple; then second side
          couple leading  -- except all couples for the final swing/finish120.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 4 -- POLKAS (96 BARS) -- very often the MAGGIE IN THE WOOD tune
All couples: take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice8;
dance at home, in waltz hold, turning twice8;
REPEAT "MARKER" take hands in a circle and advance and retire twice;
          ladies dance to the gent on the right on the final two bars8;
dance, in waltz hold, to the next position on the right, turning twice clockwise8.
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   until original partners are at home48.
swing8.
Alternatively:  End with a Big Christmas8   or  Advance and Retire
                         twice in a hand-holding circle8.

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