THE BLETHERING GHILLIE
32-bar strathspey for three couples in a four-couple longwise set
|1st and 2nd couples set, turn partners with both hands, and circle four hands round to the left.
|1st and 2nd couples dance the knot; 1st couple finish facing first corners.
|1st couple dance corners pass and turn with first corners, pass right shoulders in the center of the set, dance corners pass and turn with second corners, and pass right shoulders across the set to finish in second place on own sides, facing out. (Corners turn with both hands.)
|1st couple dance figures of eight on their own sides in six bars, beginning by giving right shoulder to the person on their right, finishing with 1st woman between 2nd couple facing down and 1st man between 3rd couple facing up. On bars 31 and 32, 1st couple turn with left hands ¾ to finish in 2nd place on own sides, ready to begin again.
The Blethering Ghillie is the deviser’s pub, located in the basement of his home in Beavercreek, Ohio, USA. Much blethering has transpired there over the years, especially at afters parties following dance events.
Devised by Donald L. Fuell, Jr. (fuell [at] mindspring.com), 2008. May be reproduced for dance instruction and use.
UPDATE 9 June 2008: Corrected the last sentence of the instruction for bars 25-32.