Notations for Thames Valley Invented Morris Dances
by Paul Handford
CF: WH - ss/ss/hb/sj; repeat. 8 bars.
DF: HR - 4/4/hb/hb/4/4/G/sj; rept. 16 bars. Track is as long figs. rounds; first G is left out of circle, second is right to set.
DF2,3,4 are as DF1 but with stationary 4-sts. replaced by 4 PC, 2 HC
and 2 UC respectively, the HC & UC to augmented music.
Long CF: FU, HG, WG, HR.
DF: ss/4/ss/4/ss/ss/hb/hb; rept. A ss seq. plus HH.
Short CF: FU, HG, BB, HR
DF: ss/ss/Gl/sj/ss/ss/hb/sj; rept. Sidestep through to opposite
side, G to face, hey down; rept. to home.
Long CF: FU, HG, HR, WH, WR.
4/4/LR/LR/4/4/G/sj; rept. In FU: caper out, down, in, in, and G in and down; then reverse. In HG: 4-st. through, PCs out, left, in, in, Gl; then reverse home. In HR: PCs out, back, in, in; rest as nomal long HR. In WH: ss/ss to "box"; then PCs out, up or down, in, in, Gl; rev. In WR: 4/4/4/4/ss/ss/LR/LR. Turn in on last 4-st., sss in, PCs in left, out, out.
DF1: ss/4/ss/J/lr/lr/Gl/sj; rept. From set, J into single line, swagger to opp., G to face. Identical footing home.
DF2,3 & 4 as DF1, replacing /lr/lr/ with LR/LR; HC/HC; UC/UC
CF: HR: 4/4/Gl/sj/4/4/RL/RL/4/4/hb/sj. PCs (home) out, back, in, in; 4-st into centre, hb/sj back to set.
DF: HH (ss/ss/hb/sj), through, HH, through to home. DF1: through
with ss/ss/Gl/sj. DF2: through with LR/LR. DF3: through with UC/UC. DF4:
in HH, hb to make circle, sj to face clockwise, then 1, 5, & 4 leapfrog,
then 2, 3, & 6 leapfrog, Gl to new set position; after 2nd. HH, make
circle and leapfrog in same sequ.
CF: Long HR
DF: ss/4/ss/4/ in place; 4/4/ to cross corners; 4PC in opp. cnr.:
out, right in, in. Remaining music, track into centre and back out as follows:DF1:
lr/salute/hb/sj. DF2: RL/RL/hb/sj. DF3: HC/HC/hb/sj.DF4: UC/UC/hb/sj. As
3rd. couples withdraw, all make circle for HR.
Long CF: FU, HG, BB, HR
DF: HR as follows: DF1: 4/4/4/4/ss/ss/G/sj; rept. Face in for
sss.DF2: 8PC/ss/ss/G/sj; rept. DF3: 4HC/ss/ss/G/sj; rept.DF4: 4UC/ss/ss/G/sj;
A music: Fig 1: HR 4/4/G/sj; repeat. No spiral in. Fig 2: As Fig 1, but 4-st replaced by LR/LR. Figs 3 & 4: augmented music; 4-sts. replaced by HCs and UCs.
B music: Facing across, open ssl/4/open ssr/4/, then pass through with ss/ss/Gl/sj. Stay on opposite side.
C music: HH and repeat; second half of last HH is with PCs, forming
line abreast at middle position, facing up after 4 PCs, then advance as
a line in final 4 PCs.
Short CF: FU, HG, HR.
DF: B music: By corners, do one 4-st. into centre, cnrs. starting,
in order, in bars 1, 2 & 3; in centre, all 4-st. in bar 4 to turn rt.
to face home cnr.; all ss/ss/Gl/sj to place. C music: all cross through:
DF1: LR/LR/LR/LR/; DF2: HC/HC; DF3: UC/UC. In all DF, finish capers facing
out, then hey down opp. side ss/ss/hb/sj to invert set. Final C music brings
Short CF: HR: 4/4/LR/LR/4/4/LR/LR. First PCs are forward, out, back, back; second PCs are out, back, in, in.
DF: Walk in radially, lr/lr/ with alternating high shows on 1st.
beats, then Gl to face out. Then return to place as follows:DF1: ss/ss/Gl/sj.
DF2: LR/LR/Gl/sj.DF3: HC/HC/Gl/sj. DF4: UC/UC/hb/sj, stay facing out.
Short CF: 4/sJ/-/hb/hb; repeat. FU, HG,FD. HG is into line. After step and UC jump, pause one beat before hbs.
DF: ss/4/ss/4/4/lr/lr/4/sJ/G/sj. Begin facing corners in ss; move
in to form circle on 4-st; ss facing corners; turn out rt. on 4-sts; walk
out, with three single shows on off-beats ; 4-st. + sJ (UC) facing out
(still in circle); G to set.
Tune: Ninety-eight (A. (B)3C)2.(A. (B)3D)2
Short CF. FU, HG, WG, HR.
In DF, first four bars of music constitute part B, which is repeated 3 times; bars 13-16 constitute C-music - conclusion of tune.
DF1: Bars 1-4 1st. cnrs walk into centre (/lr/lr/), with
high shows of alternate hands (r + l) on first beat of bars 1+2;
hb/hb back to place;
Bars 5-8 2nd. cnrs (having backed in on bars 3&4) ditto;
Bars 9-12 (All back in with bars 7&8) then walk through centre, passing close right shoulders to opposite cnr (maintaining circle;
Bars 13-16 In opposite place, and facing out, leap into /4/4/Gl/sj/ to form set.
DF2: As DF1, but with /lr/lr/ in B music replaced by /ss/ss/
in bars 1&2, 5&6, 9-12.
Bars 13-16 as in DF1.
DF 3: As DF1, but /lr/lr/ replaced by /4/4/ in bars 1&2,
5&6, 9-12. Bars 9&10 danced in place; 11712 dance across.
In bars 13-16, /4/4/ replaced by /HC/HC/ to augmented music.
DF4: As DF3, but with /HC/HC/ replaced by /UC/UC/ in bars 13-16,
and /Gl/sj/ replaced by /LR/LR/, maintaining circle and facing out.
Tune; I live not where I love (A.(B)3)2(A.(C)3)2
Short CF: Half heys
All DFs: bars 1-4: ss/4/ss/Jó/. Corners approach &
pass on /4/ to reach opp. on J, facing out.
bars 5-8: turn and approach, back up to position, as detailed below:
Take circular track, turning towards the right, from face-out around and in towards middle of set; hb back to position.
Big capers done facing out to slow music, followed by hb/sj in normal time, pivoting on hb to face. In final bar, all caper up.
CF: FU, WG, HH.
Each CF done in halves, separated by a DF. In FU: 4/4/4/4/4/4/G/step, step. Turn out in bar 3, down in bar 4. G out and round to face across. Accordingly for FD. In WG: as FU but to circle partner and Gl (Gr in 2nd. part) to home. In HH: All G out of set. Finish final HH facing up.
DF: Bars 1-2: slap both hands to thighs, chest, clap across, clap own hands, then, according to DF1-5 do:
Bars 3-4: DF1: clap rt. hands across, clap left across, clap own,
clap both across.
DF2: salute odds, evens.
DF3: long bacon by odds, then evens.
DF4: tweak noses.
DF6: the elephant thing.
Bars 5-6: repeat bars 1-2. Bars 7-8: G/sj and directly into next fig.
Short CF: FU, HG, WG, HR, WH.
DF: Bar 1: on beats 1, 2 & 3: two forehand taps diag. left,
one backhand across. Bar 2: same timing, two forehand across, one backhand
right. Bar 3: beats 1-4: two forehand diag left, backhand & forehand
across. Bar 4: beats 1, 2 & 3: two backhand right, one forehaand across.
Bars 5-8 cross through set accordingly, as follows: DF1 & 2: lr/lr/Gl/
sj. No return. DF3 & 4: LR/LR/Gl/sj.
Short CF: FU, HG, WG, HR.
DF: Two-handed strikes: X/X/XX/XXX/Xss/ss/Gl/sj. Bb1-2: strikes
on beat 1, diag. left then right; B 3: strikes on beats 1 & 3, diag.
left and right; B 4: on beats 1, 2 & 3 strike across foreh., backh.,
& foreh. B 5: on beat 1, clash in passing rt. shoulders as ss through.
Short CF: HH. ss/ss/hb/hb; rept.
DF: Two sticks per dancer. Bar 1: all strike opposites' sticks
with left backhand then right forehand on beat 4 of previous bar and then
beat 1. Bar 2: ditto, with right backhand and left forehand. Bars 3&4:
On beats 1 & 3, all strike left backh. diag. left, right backh. across,
left backh. across and right backh. diag. right. In bars 5-8: all dance
around single, counterclockwise, to make circle for next A music: 4/4/4/4/
running directly into next figure; As this manoeuver is beginning, clash
backh. left across on beat 4 of Bar 4 , then foreh. right across on beat
1 of Bar 5 on going into this dance around.
Short CF. FU, HG, WG, WH.
A-music is 10 bars long. After 8 bars of normal CFs, there is some sticking: Beats 1,2,3,4 of bar 9: two forehand taps diag. left, backhand across, forehand across. Then a large forehand clash across on beat 3 of bar 10. Then straight into B-music.
DF. B-music 10 bars long. 8 bars of stepping + 2 bars of sticking as in CFs. In two bars each, using 4-st., an alternation of st. shoulder crossings - 1st. cnrs, 2nd. cnrs, 1st. cnrs, 2nd. cnrs. The inactive ends just step in place. Crossings are accomplished in one bar, second bar to turn to new crossing. Sticking as in CFs. Three choruses returns set.