THE INSIDE OOT FISH EATER
32-bar reel for 5 couples in a 5 couple longwise set
|1-8||1st and 3rd couples lead down the middle and up to face first corners. 2s and 4s step up on bars 3 and 4.|
|9-12||1st and 3rd couples couple dance corners pass and turn with first corners. At the end, dancing couples approach then pull back right shoulders to face fourth corners (partner's second corners).|
|13-16||1st and 3rd couple dance corners pass and turn with fourth corners. At the end, dancing couples approach then pull back right shoulders to face out their own side.|
|17-24||2nd, 4th and 5th couples dance the first eight bars of petronella while dancing couples dance out their own side and to the right, across the set between the setting couples, out partner's side
and to the right, finishing 1st couple in 2nd place and 3rd couple in 4th place, all on opposite sides of the dance, and set. (I.e. all 5 couples are now on opposite sides of the dance, and all set on bars 23-24).
|25-26||2nd couple turn half way giving right hand while 1st couple dance right hands across half way with 4th couple and 3rd couple dance right hands across half way with 5th couple.|
|27-28||Giving hands on the sidelines, all set.|
|29-32||All turn (or spin) partners with right hands.|
|Finish in the order 2, 4, 1, 5, 3, ready to start again.|
Tune: The Inside Oot Fish Eater (Peter Wood)
(cc) Ian Brockbank, March 2005 ( ian [at] scottishdance.net )
The definitive version of this dance is available on Grand Chain, Ian Brockbank's Scottish country dance web site.
Notes from Ian:
The basic concept of the dance was proposed by Caroline, and I fleshed out the details, so this is a combined effort.
Peter Wood wrote the tune "The Inside Oot Fish Eater" for Lindsay Weir.
It's a cracking tune which has really caught on with Scottish dance musicians. I thought it was about time it had a dance to go with it.
Lindsay plays for Dunedin Dancers' Wednesday social night once a month, and this was first danced at Dunedin on the 13th of April, 2005 with Lindsay playing.
Comment from: Member
We tried this out at Aurora on 30th June. One set of experienced dancers coped very well, but the other set found it more of a challenge! One query arose in relation to bars 17 - 24: whether 1st lady and 3rd man should pass RS or LS. The exact phrasing of bars 25 - 25 also seemed quite challenging to all dancers, though this would doubtless become easier with practice.
Verdict: an interesting dance and not too complex - we’ll definitely do it again!
Comment from: Member
Glad you liked it! It seemed to go down quite well at Dunedin also, and I think Lindsay was touched (and embarrassed, of course).
On bars 17-24, I would say unless it is awkward, 1st lady and 3rd man should pass left shoulders - i.e. 1st couple are working together at the top of the set and 3rd couple are working together at the bottom of the set. However, if people prefer to pass right shoulders, I’m not going to get worked up about it.
Bars 25-28 should be similar to in The Wee Cooper o’ Fife (for example) where you’ve got set and half a wheel twice. Of course in this case it’s inverted, but you’ve just been setting at the end of the previous phrase. I do accept, though, that the setting on bars 23-24 will feel a bit like your landing, and then you need to be ready to leap across the set on bar 25 - so no going to sleep!
And no, I’m not explaining the title any further. Lindsay hears quite enough about it every time someone plays it on "Take the Floor".