Colin Hume (dance and music) 1986
Format: 3 couples longways. Dance and Music: Colin Hume, 1986
First Figure: A1: All lead up a double and back. Top couple cast to middle place, middle couple lead up to top place; bottom couple cast up to middle place, middle couple lead down to bottom place. A2: All lead down a double and back. Bottom couple cast up to middle place, middle couple lead down to bottom place; top couple cast to middle place, middle couple lead up to top place. [Home] B: Bottom two couples circle left half-way; open into a line of four facing up and fall back while top couple two-hand turn all the way. The line of four make an arch at each end and lead up, the top couple go down under one arch each, bend the line to reform the longways set. C: The same from new positions. [Home, ones and threes improper.] D: Join hands in lines and take one step back, then cross over right shoulder and turn right to face in. Circle left four places (until the middle man is at the top on his own side). E: New middle man down, lady up: right-hand star with this couple, middles finishing on original side facing new partner. All two-hand turn new partner. Second Figure: As before, but siding into line right shoulder at the start of A1 and left shoulder at the start of A2. Third Figure: As before, but arming right in A1 and left in A2. Coda: (having finished with two-hand turn original partner): Step right and honour partner; step left and honour.
The dance was published by Cotswold Music in the Hunter's Moon collection in 1987, with an LP recording by Wild Thyme (later available on cassette) and is now on the Spring Blossom CD by Dampier's Round. Originally I had the top couple standing still at the start of B and C but I noticed people doing a set and turn single, and when I asked them why they said it was the only point in the whole dance where anyone stood still. I could see the force of this argument, but if the bottom two couples are circling and opening up into a line it seems more logical to me that the top couple should do a two-hand turn and open up into a line. If you do it, make sure you turn all the way — particularly in C where you start and finish the turn improper.