Cadgers in the Canongate ~ RSCDS

Cadgers in the Canongate ~ Williams Cadgers in the Canongate ~ RSCDS

Cadgers in the Canongate ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was published by Walsh in 1760 in Country Dances Selected, Part 1, London. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1934 and published in RSCDS Book 9. It is R8×48 3C/4C, a proper Triple Minor dance. R48.

RSCDS Book 9 says that Walsh published this in Caledonian Country Dances, ~1748, but the earliest I have been able to find is ~1760.

Walsh writes:

First Cu. hey contrary sides then on your own sides the 1st Cu. foot it to the 2d Wo. and turn her the same to the 2d Man the 1st and 2d Cu. foot it and Right hands across Foot it and Left hands across back again cross over one Cu. and turn Right and Left at top

Walsh spells "Canongate" as "Conongate".

Cannongate is a major street in historic Edinburgh (gate=street), and a "cadger" is a carter who brings produce to market.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, cast, hands across, hey, mirror hey, rights and lefts (and probably others).

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