Polharrow Burn

32 bar Reel

Figures for Polharrow Burn


1-4 1st couple - and 3rd - cross over and cast off one place (2nd - and 4th - move up on 3-4).

5-8 1st - and 3rd - dance a half figure of eight round the couple above them.

9-16 1st - and 3rd - turn by the right hand once round back to own sides (9 ­ 12), then by the left hand once and a bit to face first corners (13-16). Meanwhile 2nd and 5th couples cross over, giving right hands (9-10) and 2nd woman and 5th man turn right about to follow their partners. Then (11-16) 2nd man casts off and 2nd couple end in bottom place, while 5th woman casts up and 5th couple end in top place.

17-20 1st - and 3rd - couples dance a half reel of four with first corners, who change places (see Fig.1).

21-24 Then with second corners (see Fig.2).

25-28 Then with first corners (see Fig.3).

29-32 1st couple - and 3rd - turn by the left hand and cast off one place on own sides (4th - and 5th - move up on 31-32).

Repeat, with couples now in 1st and 3rd places beginning.

Dance devised by Hugh Foss. Tune: Miss Clementina Loughnan (Gow's 3rd Collection p.6, or, better, in Annie Shand's Old Scottish Music, p.15).

Copyright, 1967, by Hugh Foss, Dalry, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire.

Glendarroch Scottish Country Dance Sheet No.18.