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2010 August 8th 2013 October 27th
THE HAUNT OF THE GNOMES (S2x64)  Sq.Set John Drewry  Canadian Book  1- 8 All Men circle 4H round, face partners, turn RH & set  9-16 1s+3s dance thru next couple (M to right & L to left) to opposite positions, 1s+3s in prom hold dance round each other (Men passing LSh) 17-24 1s dance reel of 3 across with 4M+2L (giving LSh to 4M) while 3s dance reel of 3 with 2M+4L (giving LSh to 2M) ending in longways set 25-32 2s & 4s in prom hold dance reels of 3 on sides (2s gives RSh to 3M & 4s RSh to 1M) 33-40 2L+4M dance ½ double Fig of 8 with 1s as 2M+4L dance similarly with 3s, all turn on sides by nearer hands (1s+3s to dancing outwards) 41-48 All repeat (Bars 33-40) from new places 49-56 1s+2L+4M also 3s+2M+4L dance RH across, then dance ½ reels of 4 on sides 57-64 All repeat (Bars 49-56) from new places Repeat with 2s & 4s leading
John Drewry dedicated this dance to “Robert MacKay of Edinburgh who introduced me to the tune at St. Andrews in July 1977”. The tune is “The Haunt of the Gnomes” by J. Scott Skinner and John says “as an alternative “Les Trois Grands Luthiers” also by Scott Skinner is suitable if played at a speed of two steps to each bar. The tunes should be played as slow airs, and danced with slow strathspey-like steps.” He adds as a note, in the publication, that “the dance provides a good test of memory and of orientation when done twice without stopping!”
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