NOTE: Oh why, tell me why, do I have this purple thumb…

Tradition: Adderbury

Set: 6 dancers (or 4 dancers)

Props: Sticks

Stepping: Double

Sing Around:

This dance begins with a sing around in which the dancers plod in a tight, clockwise circle, holding their sticks outward in their right hands. As they do so, they sing:

Oh, where, tell me where,
has my highland laddie gone?
He’s gone to the war
with his bright red knickers on.

Figures: Standard Adderbury, each followed by a chorus

6 dancer set:

4 dancer set:

Chorus:

  • Pattern: XX (XX) XX (XX) / X (X) X (X) / pause X
  • REPEAT

All clashes are Forehand, with one dancer striking the motionless stick of another dancer.

This pattern involves a series of double clashes, alternating between dancers–XX vs. (XX).
It then proceeds to single clashes, again alternating between dancers–X vs. (X).
There is also a pause, followed by a final clash–X.

Who the initial, XX dancer is varies by position in the set and which way the dancers are facing:

  • If two dancers are facing Across, the odd numbered dancer strikes first (e.g., 1, 3, or 5).
  • If two dancers are facing Up and Down, the lower numbered dancer (e.g., 1 or 2, 3 or 4) strikes first.
  • Chorus Sequence:

    There is a sequence to the choruses, with the dancers facing in different directions after each figure.

    Here is how the sequence works:

    • Across (all dancers face Across)
    • Middles Up (Middle dancers face Head dancers)
    • Middles Down (Middle dancers face Foot dancers)
    • Across (all dancers face Across)
    • Middles Up (Middle dancers face Head dancers)
    • Middles Down (Middle dancers face Foot dancers)

    Notes:

    • FINISH: At the end of the dance, there is an EXTRA chorus, which is done facing Across and extra fast. (It is called as “Double Time,” but it isn’t really twice as fast, just faster than the others).
    • The final clash is done facing Up, with sticks high, in arch position.

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