The Irish Lady, or Aniseed-water Robin
for as many couples as will
The regular formula applies, plus 1 repeat for the intro figure: (((n-1)x3)x3)+1
3 couples = 19 repeats, 4 = 28, 5 = 37
Music: The Art of the Bawdy Ballad by the Baltimore Consort, very nice tune but not enough music
iTunes building block playlists using the above as the source
Intro figure:
1&2: Go forward a double and back a double
3&4: Do that again, face your partner
5&6: Set and turn single, left
7&8: Set and turn single, right
First figure:
1&2: Man one and woman two "go about into each others places" by walking around their partner and into the others' place in two doubles
3&4: Woman one and man two do the same, except they are walking around where their partners used to be
5: Man one and woman two switch places back the short way with one double
6: Woman one and man two do the same
7&8: Couple one cast into couple two's place, with couple two moving up one place.
The repeat:
Playford neglects to put in one of those nice "do this to the end" phrases here, but if this is not to end in very short order and rather messily, this figure take the original couple one to the end of the set and back again,
the rest following as usual.
Second figure:
1&2: Man one and woman one cross over into each others places via couple two as follows: man one will go between couple two, around woman two, and into woman one's place, while
woman one will go around behind man two, *then* between couple two and into man one's place
3&4: They cross over again, this time both going between couple two (woman one first), and around the person on their side, back into their starting places
5&6: The four take hands around and circle all the way back to place in two doubles/8 slips
7&8: Man one casts off, man two following, so that they change places, while woman one and woman two are doing the same thing
The repeat:
Once again, we don't get any handy indicators, but presuming that this really is progressive, the figure continues down and back up the line, with the rest following. When everyone is back in place, the third figure starts
Third figure:
1: Man one and man two change places by the right hand in a double, woman one and woman two doing the same
2: Lead up a double four abreast to the presense (man one and woman one meeting shoulder to shoulder, couple two on the outside of them, as the four double forward)
3: Fall back a double into the normal lines
4: Man one casts off and doubles to place, man two following, and woman one doing the same with woman two
5: Couple one change places in a double (I think that we can ignore the third couple's involvement )
6: Man one and woman two change places as woman one and man two change places, all in a double
7: Man one and woman one change places to the proper side of the set
8: All four turn single
Note: I admit that this is not quite what Playford contains, but these last four measures are more than slightly confusing in the manuscript, and we need to get couple one switched - this is my compromise
The repeat:
Ditto the above about the lack of explicit progression permission, but take it as read and continue switching down and back up the line, waiting out at bottom and top and returning as the opposite.
When everyone has returned to their places, the dance is finished.