Graies Inne Maske

Mad Tom

Graies Inne Maske or Mad Tom is an English Country Dance. It was found in the Lovelace Manuscript (written somewhere around the 1640s) and later published in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Fried de Metz Herman in 1995. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 120 bars.

Playford writes:

Lead up all forwards and bac, set and turn S. · That again :All a D. to the left hand · Back again :Back all · And change places ·:

Sides all, set and turn S. · That again :As before:As before :

Arms all, set and turn S. · That again :As before:As before :


Honour all, salute:Turn your own · change places :Men the S. Hey We. as much :


As before :As before :As before :


As before :As before :As before :

Lovelace writes:

Leade up once, and downe agayne, and then cast of all, downe to the other end, and then leade up all agayne that way, and downe againe all into your places;
The men shall take each his woeman, by both hands, and set them all in a straight line, the man standing all above the woeman, and then backe into their places againe like as they stood at first All the woemen shall stand still, and all the men shall sett each to his woeman, and then they standing still the woemen shall set to them;
All the men shall congee each to to his woeman, and salute her she standing still, and then the woemen shall do the like unto him;
The men shall turn each his woemen once forward, and once backward;
Both men and woemen shall fall of backewards, and leade round three times before they come to the bottome, and the same back againe, till they come to the toppe after the same maner all in your places;
Sides all once at the top and then fall downe, and sides all at the end, and then fall backe unto your places, and then doe all the same over gayne, only what, the men did first soe fore the woemen shall doe itt first now, like as the man dide sett first before, the woemen shall now first, and then the wemen salute first before the man, and soe all the same, only the woemen shall doe first that which the man did before;
Armes all once at the top, and once att the bottome, like before at leading up and all setting, then doe the first over againe, only the men and woemen shall salute this time both together, and as the did sett before singly, they shall now sett both men, and woemen together, and after they shall have done all those six parts, after siding, and turning, they may leade downe, and if they please the rest may doe the like, every couple of them;

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

The dance contains the following figures: USA, hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, lead, hey, circular hey (and probably others).

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I do not have a publication date for the dance and not know whether it is under copyright or not. The interpretation is copyright © 1995 by Fried de Metz Herman. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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