The Sunday Class
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2011 October 23 rd
WICKED WILLY (Uilleam Dona) (R4x32) Harry C Ways (1971) Bicentennial Book+7 SCDs  1- 8 1s & 4s cross RH & cast 1 place, dance ½ Fig of 8 round end couples into centre facing corner just passed  9-16 1s & 4s dance 'Hello-Goodbye' setting to face diagonally opposite corner 17-24 1s & 4s turn corner person RH & dance LH across once round to end on opposite sides 25-32 Bottom 2 couples dance ½ R&L, middle 2 couples dance ½ R&L Dance Notes  3- 4 2s step up WHILE 3s step down  5- 8 Need to be quick - it's slightly more than half figures of 8 - finish facing the corner they just danced round (M to M, L to L) 16 1s 4s finish facing the opposite corner (M to L, L to M) 17-20 At every repeat of the whole dance, turn the same person
The original publication of the dance gives that the name is a translation of the gaelic name "Uilleam Dona". Willy was a cat who belonged to Mairi MacRea of South Uist long ago. He may be seen looking smug, sitting on a mantle over a fire place, watching Mairi tend to her knitting in a picture in the book Folk Songs and Folklore of South Uist.