Irish Lamentation is an English Country Dance. It was published by Johnson in about 1740. It was interpreted by Tom Cook in 1979. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 48 bars.
The waltz did not arrive in England (or Ireland) until arround the Napoleonic wars. The original description calls for a minuet step rather than a waltz at the end of B2. If you are comfortable with that then by all means dance it instead.
The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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 dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, circle, figure eight, hey, rights and lefts (and probably others).
If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.
I do not have a publication date for the dance and not know whether it is under copyright or not. The interpretation is copyright © 1979 by Tom Cook. 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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My work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Most of the dances have more restrictive licensing, see my notes on copyright, the individual dance pages should mention when some rights are waived.