Wooing Mairi

Wooing Mairi

Three couple longways set Scott Higgs, 1986
Top couple improper

A1 1 – 8 Dance crossover mirror heys. 1st couple cross down to begin. Note that the crossover results in all three women dancing a hey together, and the three men likewise. All end proper.

A2 9 – 12 1st couple two hand turn halfway. 1st and 2nd couples circle four hands halfway.
13 – 16 All three couples circle six hands halfway (1st couple release hands with partner to connect with 3rd couple). This leaves the order 312 from the top, with 1st couple improper.

B1 17 – 24 1st couple gates once around with the 3rd couple above. 1st couple then gates once around with the 2nd couple below. 1st couple ends in middle place.

B2 25 – 32 All set and turn single. 1st couple dance a half figure eight down. End with the set in the order 312, with the new top couple improper.

The sheet music is available in Peter Barnes’ English Country Dance Tunes (vol 1 – Blue).

Eric Scott, composer of this tune, was a dear friend, and an inspirational musician. When I asked him about this tune, he suggested dance movements that build in the second A, and then ‘open’ dramatically as the B music begins. Use all available space and make the gates zesty. Eric’s tune is designed to medley with Mairi’s Wedding, as heard on the recording: Hold the Mustard – English Country Dance Favorites.