The Juice of Barley

Cold and Raw

The Juice of Barley or Cold and Raw is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1686 in The Dancing Master, 7th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1916. Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 24 bars.

Playford writes:
The 1. cu. go back to back with their Partners, and the 2. cu. do the same at the same time.
The 1. cu. take hands with his Partner and turn her round, the 2. cu. doing the same at the same time.
The two we. stand still, whilest the 1. man goes round about the 2.wo. into the 2. man's place, and the 2. man goes round about the 1. wo. into the 1. man's place, then all clap hands, then all four take hands and go quite round, the we. doing the like.

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), circle, figure eight (and probably others).

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