Captain McBride's Hornpipe ~ RSCDS

Admiral McBride's Hornpipe ~ RSCDS

Captain McBride's Hornpipe ~ RSCDS or Admiral McBride's Hornpipe ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was devised by William Campbell in about 1795 and published in Campbell's 10th Book of New and Favorite Country Dances & Strathspey Reels, London. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1959 and published in RSCDS Book 20. It is R8×32 3C/4C, a proper Triple Minor dance. R32.

Campbell writes:

The 1st. Lady sets to the 2d. Gent & turn at the same time the 1st. Gent sets to the 2d. Lady & turn The 1st. Lady set to the 3d. Gent & turn Lead up to the top & foot it & cast off hands 4 round & back again Right & Left at top

Campbell titles this Admiral McBride's Hornpipe, and he is said to be its devisor.

The interpretation seems close to the original.

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, circle, cast, lead, rights and lefts (and probably others).

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