Playford interpretations

I've been doing quite a bit of work on Playford. I've got a lot to write up, but in the meantime, here are the interpretations I'm using at the moment for several dances. Not all of them are original to me.

Numbers in brackets count bars, which are normally two steps. Note that the A music is often half the length of the B music!

"Short longways" means about 4 or 5 couple longways sets – in theory they're "longways for as many as will" but you need to get everyone home and if you have 20 couples in your set it's probably going to take too long!

Title Source Formation Difficulty
Green Stockings DM1/5-DM1/18 Short longways (or circle) Easy
Halfe Hannekin DM1/1-DM1/8 Short longways (or circle) Med (Easy)
Hit and Misse DM1/1-DM1/16 Couple facing couple Easy
Jacob Hall's Jig DM1/9-DM1/18 Longways duple minor Easy
Lord of Carnarvon's Jig DM1/1-DM1/18 4 couple longways Med
Never Love Thee More DM1/6-DM1/8 Short longways Med
Newcastle DM1/1-DM1/8 Square Med
Parson's Farewell DM1/1-DM1/8 Couple facing couple Hard

Green Stockings

DM1/1-DM1/8, short longways (circular progression)

A1,2 (8) Lead up a double and back twice
B1 (4) Back to back
B2 (4) Right hand turn once and a half (3)
Clap together, then right hand, before moving onto the next person (1)

The first time everyone leads up a double and back. Then just first couple back-to-back and turn, clapping on beats 7 and 8, before moving on. Then they dance with a new person on the side (1M with 2W, 1W with 2M), leading out to begin with, finishing moving on as before. In the next change there are three couples dancing, including 2nd couple leading up at the top of the set. This continues until all are dancing.

I like to do it so the first couple go round once and a half, until they meet again at the bottom. Once you're dancing you don't stop.

Halfe Hannekin

DM1/1-DM1/8, short longways (or circle)

A1,2 (8) Lead up a double and back twice
B (8) Side right with your partner (4)
Two-hand turn and move onto the next person on your left (4)

The progression for this is unusual and is the only reason for it not being rated Easy. After one change there's a man standing out at the top and a women standing out at the bottom. After the next change they join in again on the other side, but now there are two men dancing at the top and two women at the bottom. After a bit, all the men are dancing together at the top and all the women at the bottom. After as long again, you're with your partner again on the other side. You can stop there or keep going to get everyone back to where they started.

There's no inherent problem with men and women dancing together, but if you have plenty of people, want to meet more of them and have less confusion, it also works well in a circle. Start with everyone facing anticlockwise, men in the middle, and move on one partner each time. They almost certainly didn't normally dance with those sort of numbers when Playford published the English Dancing Master!

Hit and Misse

DM1/1-DM1/16, couple facing couple

Note that Cecil Sharp substituted a different tune for this dance (Daphne), which is a different length!

Part 1 A1,2 (8) Lead your partner in to meet the other couple a double and back twice
B1 (4) Lead your partner in to meet the other couple with a double (2)
Lead your contrary away from your partner with a double (2)
B2 (4) Lead your contrary back to meet your partner with a double (2)
Fall back a double with your partner (2)
C1,2 (8) Men pass left shoulder to start a full hey for four
Part 2 A1,2 (8) Side right and left with your partner
B1,2 (8) As before
C1,2 (8) As before
Part 3 A1,2 (8) Arm right and left with your partner
B1,2 (8) As before
C1,2 (8) As before

Jacob Hall's Jig

DM1/9-DM1/18, longways duple minor

A1 (8) 1st corners right hand turn (4)
1C and 2W circle left (4)
A2 (8) 2nd corners right left turn (4)
1C and 2M circle right (4)
B1 (8) 1C lead down a little and back into the middle of a line of 4 facing up (4)
Lines lead up a double and back (4)
B2 (8) Hands four circle left (4)
1C lead up and cast down (4)

Cecil Sharp added an extra turn into each of the A parts, making the timing very hard.

Lord of Carnarvon's Jig

DM1/1-DM1/18, 4-couple longways

A1,2 (8) Lead up a double and back twice
B1,2 (8) Back-to-back right (4)
Back-to-back left (4)
A1,2 (8) 1C cross, cast down, cross, cast down
B1,2 (8) 1C lead to the bottom, cast back up to invert the set, others following
All arm right your partner

Next time around the top of the set is at the other end, so start leading down, with the active couple starting at the other end to cross, cast, etc.

After 4 repetitions everyone should be home.

Never Love Thee More

DM1/6-DM1/18, short longways

For some reason this dance is often done very slowly. I prefer to do it the same speed as everything else – you should be able to skip to it, and it's a great driving tune if you let the band play it as one!

Intro (optional) A (8) Honour the presence (4)
Honour your partner (4)
B (8) Lead up a double and back twice
Part 1 (Duple minor) A (8) 1C back-to-back right shoulders (4)
1C back-to-back left shoulders (4)
B (8) 1C cross and cast down (4)
1C half figure eight up through 2C (4)
Part 2 (Duple minor) A (8) Hands 4 circle left halfway and fall back (4)
Change places with your partner (4)
B (8) Right hand star (4)
Left hand star (4)

After the optional introduction (tagged onto the front of every dance of the era), part 1 is started by 1C, bringing in a couple at a time until all are dancing, each couple stopping when they get back to where they started. Part 2 then does the same.

I don't see the point in stopping people dancing for part 2 so just keep going until the last couple are home.

Newcastle

DM1/1-DM1/8, square

Part 1 A1 (8) Taking hands in a ring, all go in a double and back (4)
Set to your partner (2)
Face the next person around the ring (your “right hand lady” / “left hand man” in square dance terminology) and set to them (without moving towards them) (2)
A2 (8) All go in a double and back again (4)
Set facing to your opposite (2)
Set to your corner (2)
B1 (8) Arm right your partner, finishing with the men standing left shoulders to the middle
Women dance around them
B2 (8) Arm right your partner halfway, finishing with the women standing left shoulders to the middle
Men dance around them
As the men come back to starting place, women come out from the middle back to where they started
Part 2 A1 (8) Side right your partner (4)
Change places right shoulder with your partner (recommend a double to meet and a double to fall away again into the other place, then turn around to face the next person) (4)
A2 (8) Side left with the next person around the set (4)
Change places left shoulder with this person and move onto the next (4)
B1 (8) New side couples lead in a double (2)
Sides turn around and lead back a double, forming an arch while the heads separate and cast around the set (2)
Heads meet their opposite (original partner) and lead them through the arch (2)
Heads fall back to place (2)
B2 (8) Repeat, the heads leading in to begin
Part 3 A1 (8) Arm right your current partner (4)
Change places right shoulder and move onto the next (4)
A2 (8) Side left with the next person around the set (4)
Change places left shoulder with this person and move onto your original partner (4)
B1 (8) Sides hold hands with their partner and corner: lines of 4 straighten and fall back a double (2)
Turn single (2)
Change places with the person in front of you into a new square set (note this is improper) (4)
B2 (8) Heads hold hands with their partner and corner: lines of 4 straighten and fall back a double (2)
Turn single (2)
Change places with the person in front of you into original places next to your partner (4)

Parson's Farewell

DM1/1-DM1/8, couple facing couple

Part 1 A1 (4) Lead your partner in to meet the other couple with a double (2)
4 slips left (2)
A2 (4) Fall back a double (2)
4 slips right (2)
B1 (8) Men leap (1)
Women leap (1)
All leap four times (2)
Two hand turn your contrary (4)
B2 (8) Women leap (1)
Men leap (1)
All leap four times (2)
Two hand turn your contrary (4)
Part 2 A1 (4) Lead your partner in to meet the other couple with a double (2)
Lead your contrary away from your partner with a double (2)
A2 (4) Lead your contrary back to meet your partner with a double (2)
Fall back a double with your partner (2)
B1 (8) Men shake right hands, then left as well (2)
[Skipping] Men half a left hand turn, right hand turn your contrary, half a left hand turn, and right hand turn your partner back to place (6)
B2 (8) Women shake left hands, then right (2)
Women half a right hand turn, left hand turn your contrary, half a right hand turn, and left hand turn your partner back to place (6)
Part 3 A1 (4) Holding both hands with your partner, 4 slips to meet the other couple (2)
Holding both hands with your contrary, 4 slips away from your partner (2)
A2 (4) 4 slips back to meet your partner (2)
Holding both hands with your partner, 4 slips back to places (2)
B1 (8) [Skipping] Right hand turn your partner
Men pass left shoulders to start half a hey to the other side of the set
Right hand turn your partner into the opposite place (2)
B2 (8) Left hand turn your partner
Women pass right shoulders to start half a hey back to the starting of the set
Left hand turn your partner into place (2)

In the second part, it helps if the inactive people (women first half, men second half) start moving early, coming behind their partner, rather than waiting for their contrary to come right across to them.

In the third part, the turn into place can be omitted if running short of time.