Epie McNabb ~ Williams

Epie McNabb ~ Williams Espie McNabb ~ RSCDS

Epie McNabb ~ Williams is an English Country Dance. It was published by David Rutherford in 1759 in Rutherford's compleat Collection of 200 of the most celebrated Country Dances both Old and New, Vol. 2, London. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2022. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

RSCDS calls this dance "Espie McNabb".

Rutherford calls this dance Epie McNabb, and writes:

All the Company foot it & change sides Foot it & change sides back again First Cou. cast off & turn Hands round all Six

The music has two 8 bar strains, both repeated. The problem with interpretting this dance is how to pad it out to 32 bars. The RSCDS does this by throwing in an additional figure (1s lead down the middle and back). I'm going to change the "foot it"s into "set twice", and the change sides to "right/left hand turn once and a half, and make the cast a long cast.

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.

The dances of George Williams (including interpretations like this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

A11-4All set twice
5-8All partner right hand turn once and a half
A21-4All set twice
5-8All partner left hand turn once and a half
B11-41s long cast down as 2s wait and lead up
5-81s two hand turn
B21-4Circle six left...
5-8...and back to the right

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