EAST  GALWAY  SET
          2008   Larry E. Taylor

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    This set, originally a half set, is from the Killimor area of Galway County, Ireland.
    A longer version exists.
    The music type and bar-count for the Figures coincide with those of the SOUTH GALWAY SET.
    Step pattern:  Gents dance forward on the left foot and ladies begin forward on the right foot.
               The movement is almost like a skip.  Connie Ryan called the step Hop 1, Hop 1, Diddey
               Diddey Dum.   Lift the heel of the trailing foot and step off lightly on the leading foot.
               Repeat with the opposite feet.  Batter on the heel and balls of the feet 1-2-3.   The pattern
               has a bit more bounce, but is otherwise similar to the Clare-style step, step, 3-4-5
               (the five-step).
    Swing in ceili hold.
    Advance and retire as two half-sets (four-facing-four);  alternately, advance facing-in and
              retire facing-out (Tony Ryan).
    Square-the-house and  square-halfway (square two corners forward -- to either “opposite”
               or “home”):  begin four-facing-four but dancers turn to dance an anticlockwise square.
               Ladies always face forward around the set as gents must dance backward on
               two of the corners.
    Bar counts (quantities of measures) for patterns are shown in bold.
    The total bar count for each Figure includes an eight-bar introduction of music.
    Documentation is based upon workshops taught by Connie Ryan (Cape May, New Jersey
               USA, October 1996) and by Tony Ryan (Ellenville, New York USA, October 29, 2005).
    Edition of December 25, 2008 Contact larryetaylor@hotmail.com 
   
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 1 -- REELS (56 BARS)
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER"  square-the-house  with crossed-hands, rights on top8;
ducks lead around in file formation:  ladies lead around anticlockwise, no-touch,
          inside the half-set and gents follow; as ladies get home, gents go behind to
          their own place and turn clockwise in-place to face partner8;
swing in ceili hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   24.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 2 -- REELS (72 BARS)
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" square-the-house with crossed-hands8;
advance and retire once, with crossed-hands4;
square to opposite4;
advance and retire once, with crossed-hands4;
square to home4;
swing in ceili hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   32.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 3 -- REELS (88 BARS)
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" square-the-house with crossed-hands8;
advance and retire once, with crossed-hands4;
square to opposite4;
advance and retire once, with crossed-hands4;
square to home4;
square-the-house with crossed-hands8;
swing in ceili hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   40.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 4 -- JIGS (88 BARS)   
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" square-the-house with crossed-hands8;
advance and retire once, with crossed-hands4;
still with crossed-hands, turn once in-place clockwise, with crossed-hands4;
advance and retire once, with crossed-hands4;
still with crossed-hands, turn once in-place anticlockwise, with crossed-hands4;
square-the-house, with crossed-hands8;
swing in ceili hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   40.
  SET FORMATION   FIGURE 5 -- REELS (104 BARS)   
All couples: REPEAT "MARKER" square-the-house with crossed-hands8;
advance and retire once, with crossed-hands4;
ladies crossover clockwise to opposite -- making one clockwise turn in the center
          while gents make one turn clockwise in-place4;
swing new partner in ceili hold8;
advance and retire once, with crossed-hands4;
ladies crossover clockwise to home -- making one clockwise turn in the center
         while gents make one turn clockwise in-place4;
square-the-house, with crossed-hands8;
swing in ceili hold8;
repeat from   REPEAT "MARKER"   48  -- except little Christmas with the opposite half-set couple
          for the final swing.

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