Lord Killmurry's Delight

Lord Killmurry's Delight is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1710 and published in Walsh's Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1710. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in about 1965 and published in Another Look at Playford. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 52 bars.

Kynaston writes:

Note: The 1st Strain twice the last but once

The 1st cu. Figure through the 2d cu. Set and cast off then Figure through the 3d cu. and turn in the 2d cu. place 2d cu. do the same the 1st and 2d man Set to their partners and change places the 1st turn the 2d man with his left hand quite round the 1st and 2d wo. the same at the same time then right hands and left half round the 2d cu. cast off then the 1st cu. Set and cast off

Pat Shaw does not provide a date for his interpretation, but presumably it is some time in the 1960s or 70s.

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 dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, cast, lead, figure eight, rights and lefts (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © ~1965 by Pat Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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