The Sliabh Luachra Set from the Cork/Kerry/Limerick border
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The Sliabh Luachra (from Sliabh Luachra):

Sequence is: 1st tops, 1st sides (left), 2nd tops, 2nd sides

Pattern for figures 1 to 3:

All: dance the body [16]
Each couple in turn: dance the Figure (16) and all: dance the body (16)
All: house to finish [8]

The Figure for figures 1 to 3:
1st figure (polka, 160 bars):

Dancing couple and opposite couple, ladies cross:
ladies right hands in the centre, link left arms with the opposite gent, going around him twice, ladies right hands back to place (8) and both couples swing (8)[16]
2nd figure (polka, 169 bars):

Dancing couple, show the lady (or is it show the gent?):
dance inside [8]
slide in/out (4) and dance in place (4)[8]
3rd figure (slide or jig, 160 bars):

Dancing couple and opposite couple, short slide:
slide in/out, dance to opposite (8), slide in/out, dance back home (8)[16]
4th figure (polka, 88 bars):

Pattern for figure 4:
All: lead and twirl [16]
All: dance the Figure [16]
All: lead and twirl [16]
All: dance the Figure [16]
All: lead and twirl to finish [16]

lead and twirl: lead around with crossed hands (right hands on top) back to place (8), then "twirl the lady", left-in-left, four times (8)[16]

Figure for figure 4 (polka):
All: ladies right hands in the centre, link left arms with the opposite gent, going around him twice, ladies right hands in the centre back to place (8) and swing your partner (8)[16]
Pattern for figure 5:
Tops: dance the figure, sides: dance the figure, tops: repeat, sides: repeat


The Figure for figure 5 (long slide):
Both couples: house, slide, house, slide, house, i.e:
house: dance around each other, back to place [8]
slide: slide in/out, dance to opposite (8), slide in/out, dance to home (8)[16]
Traditionally, in this figure, the couples who were not dancing might leave the floor (but would be back exactly in time for their turn!).

{variation: dancing couples square twice instead of slide, i.e. house, square twice, house, square twice, house}
6th figure (hornpipe, 160 bars):
Hornpipe:
All:
- body (16), house (8)
- circle, advance/retire twice, ladies move on (under the next gent's arm when retiring the 2nd time) (8)
- repeat with each new partner, until danced again with your own partner


Where is Sliabh Luachra?
Sliabh Luachra is a patch of Ireland around the area where counties Cork and Kerry meet - nowadays, some people would consider Sliabh Luachra to include parts of West Limerick, because the music is also popular there, but the original area of Sliabh Luachra did not include Limerick. The distinctive style of Sliabh Luachra music is known throughout the world. You won't find Sliabh Luachra on a map, as it's not a town, village, or townland. Fern and Ted, from Western Canada, reminded me of a quote from the novel "Moby Dick", which fits Sliabh Luachra perfectly: "It is not down on any map, true places never are!".
 

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 Sliabh Luachra Set from the Cork/Kerry/Limerick border