9: The Gipsys
longways for 6 or 8
mms pages 13 and 14
Playford version: The Spanish Jeepsie, from 1st to 18th edition.
(2nd reconstruction)
Music: Broadside Band - Dances Populaires Francaises (not quite right - needs to be rearranged rather heavily - see below)
Part 1
Verse 1, Part A (1 repeat of strain A)
1: Lead up [a double]
2: [Fall] down again [a double]
3: [Lead up a double]
4: [Fall back a double, face your partner]
Verse 1, Part B (1st repeat of strain B)
"then they all turne theire backes towards one another"
1: Go back to back by turning halfway around [with a double]
"and then turne themselfes as they were before, all their faces together"
2: Reverse your turn to face your partner again [with a double]
Verse 1, Part C (2nd repeat of strain B)
1-2: The men circle their partner [with 2 doubles, to the left]
Verse 1, Part D (3rd repeat of strain B)
1-2: The men circle their partner [with 2 doubles, to the right]
Chorus 1, Part A (1st repeat of 2nd time through strain A)
1: The first man and the last woman slide/slip/double into the center to meet and stand right side to right side
2: They then turn half way around so that they are standing left side to left side
3: Next, they turn to stand back to back
4: And finally turn to face each other again
Chorus 1, Part B (1st repeat of 2nd set of strain B)
1-2: The first man circles the last woman [with 2 doubles, to the left]
Chorus 1, Part C (2nd repeat of 2nd set of strain B)
1-2: The first man circles the last woman [with 2 doubles, to the right]
Chorus 1, Part D (3rd repeat of 2nd set of strain B)
1-2: [They return to their places in two doubles.]
Chorus 1, Part E (2nd repeat of 3rd time through strain A)
1: The first woman and the last man meet in the middle and stand right side to right side
2: They turn half way to stand left side to left side
3: They turn back to back
4: They turn to face again
Chorus 1, Part F (1st repeat of 3rd set of strain B)
1-2: The last man circles the first woman [with 2 doubles, to the left]
Chorus 1, Part G (2nd repeat of 3rd set of strain B)
1-2: The last man circles the first woman [with 2 doubles, to the right], and both return to their places by the end of the music
Chorus 1, Part H (3rd repeat of 3rd set of strain B)
1-2: [They return to their places in two doubles.]
Part 2
Verse 2, Part A
Because these instructions are at the bottom of a page, and thus are blurred and only barely legible, I'm not sure whether you actually do siding here, or the lead up and back again I'll err on the "match Playford" side of this
1-2: Side [left to line up right shoulders]
3-4: Side [right to line up left shoulders]
Verse 2, Part B
1: Go back to back with your partner [with a double]
2: Turn in reverse to face your partner again [with a double]
Verse 2, Part C
1-2: The men circle their partner [with 2 doubles, to the left]
Verse 2, Part D
1-2: The men circle their partner [with 2 doubles, to the right]
Chorus 2, Part A
1: The last man and the first woman meet in the center [with a double] and stand right side to right side
2: They then turn half way around so that they are standing left side to left side
3: Next, they turn to stand back to back
4: And finally turn to face each other again
Chorus 2, Part B
1-2: The last man circles the first woman [with 2 doubles, to the left]
Chorus 2, Part C
1-2: The last man circles the first woman [with 2 doubles, to the right], and both return to their places by the end of the music
Chorus 2, Part D
1-2: [They return to their places in two doubles.]
Chorus 2, Part E
1: The first man and the last woman meet in the middle and stand right side to right side
2: They turn half way to stand left side to left side
3: They turn back to back
4: They turn to face again
Chorus 2, Part F
1-2: The first man circles the last woman [with 2 doubles, to the left]
Chorus 2, Part G
1-2: The first man circles the last woman [with 2 doubles, to the right]
Chorus 2, Part H
1-2: [They return to their places in two doubles.]
Part 3
Verse 3, Chorus 3
The instructions for part 3 are "Doe the same, as you did att first, over agayne", so just repeat part 1 in total.
Note: The dance instruction ends with "and then leade of, and let others procede if they please", which is an interesting contrast to the dances where the dancers are allowed to continue the dance as long as they please
Comparison to the Playford version (The Spanish Jeepsie, 1st to 18th editions)
This is obviously a popular dance, seeing as it managed to last through the first 18 (or 19, depending on how you count the 3rd edition's A and B versions) editions, after which they changed the naming convention.
Thus, it lasted from 1651 to 1728 roughly in the same form (I don't actually have facsimilies of every edition, and while the on-line overview I use suggests that there's only one basic version in Playford, that may or may not be true).
However, this is very definitely a "version 0" of the dance - markedly similar, especially in the verses, but varying slightly more in the chorus, where we have only 2 people, instead of 2 couples, undertaking the action.
In addition, the basic action of the chorus does not change, unlike the 1st edition Playford version, where the central action of each chorus (after the selected couples have met in the middle) changes each time, if only slightly.
Conclusion:
Definitely an ancestor of the Playford version, this dance should work well to the music used for that dance.