The Caledonian Set from Co. Clare Ireland
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The Caledonian Set (Co. Clare):

Pattern for figures 1 to 5:
All: circle, advance/retire twice (8) and dance at home (8) [16]
Tops: dance the Figure, dance at home (8) and repeat the figure (the 5th figure is only danced once, i.e. no repeat in the 5th)
All: advance/retire, dance at home [8]
Sides: dance the Figure, dance at home (8), repeat the figure (the 5th figure is only danced once, i.e. no repeat in the 5th)
All: advance/retire, dance at home [8]
All: house around [8]

The Figure for figures 1 to 5:
1st figure (reel, 128 bars):

advance/retire, dance across (8), advance/retire, dance back home (8) [16]
2nd figure (reel, 96 bars):

dance around the opposite couple [8]
3rd figure (reel, 192 bars):

advance/retire, dance at home (8), advance/retire, dance across (8),
advance/retire, dance in the opposite place (8), advance/retire, dance back home (8) [32]
4th figure (jig, 224 bars):

dance around the opposite couple (8), advance/retire, gents cross over while ladies do one turn in place (8)
dance around the opposite couple with new partner (8), advance/retire, gents cross back while ladies do one turn in place (8)
dance around the opposite couple with own partner (8) [40]
5th figure (reel, 192 bars) *:

dance around the opposite couple, advance/retire, gents around each other to the lady on the left, while those ladies advance/retire and do one turn in place, dance around each other with new partners(8), repeat until you've have danced around with your own partners again.
6th figure (hornpipe, 160 bars):

All: Body, House and ladies move on - move on is advance/retire in waltz-hold, gents dance in ("figure of 8"), while ladies dance on


*: How the 5th figure is danced today:
I learned The Caledonian Set from Paddy Queally, from Co. Clare, many years ago. The 5th figure is described here exactly as Paddy taught it and how it's danced today by Clare people who were danced before the set dancing revival. It's also how it's taught by Clare Dance Teachers, such as Paddy Nealon, Aidan Vaughan, Michael Tubridy. Those of you who dance in The Armada may haave seen groups of young Clare dancers who have been taught by Clare Dance Teacher, John Fennell. If you watch them dancing The Caledionan, you'll see that John teaches them the original 5th figure, as he learned it from his mother.

However, for whatever reason, dancers throughout the rest of Ireland have chosen to muddle up the 5th figure! So, if you go to a ceili today, you are likely to see everyone advancing and everyone twirling each time the dancing gents move on in the 5th figure.

In class, we dance the original Clare Caledonian and make passing mention of the muddled up version being danced today.

This summary is intended as a memory aid for people attending my classes, it is not intended as stand-alone instructional material

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The Caledonian Set from Co. Clare Ireland