Lord of Carnarvon's Jigg ~ Sharp

Lord of Carnarvon's Jigg ~ Pat Shaw Lord of Carnarvon's Jigg ~ Sharp Lord of Carnarvon's Jigg ~ Wittman

Lord of Carnarvon's Jigg ~ Sharp is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1912 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 3). It is a proper 4 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 3412. The minor set lasts 64 bars.

Playford writes:
Lead up all a D. forward and back That again Each man and wo go about each other, not turning your faces That again

First cu. cross over and fall into the 2. place on the outside the 2. cu. the men on the outside of the women and the we. on the men's side Cross over again, and fall into the 3. place Take hands with your wo. and leading her down between the last cu. cast off all and meet above, the first cu. is the first place, the last cu. in the second place and the 3. cu. in the last place Arms all

Lead down forward and back That again Go about each other as before That again

The lowest cu. cross over as before Cast off as before

Lead up all a D. and back That again Go about each other as before That again

The uppermost cu. cross over as before Cast off as before

Lead down forward and back That again Go about each other as before That again

The lowest cu. cross over as before Cast off as before

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.

I.A11-4Up a Double, and back
I.A21-4Up a Double, and back (again)
I.B11-4Partner gypsy right
I.B21-4Gypsy left
I.A341-81s cross go below (2s move up), cross again (3s move up), 1s lead down between 4s
I.B31-41s cast up to the top, others follow
I.B41-4Arm right with partner
II.A11-4Down a Double, back
II.A21-4Down a Double, back (again)
II.B11-4Gypsy right
II.B21-4Gypsy left
II.A341-8Bottom couple cross go above (next couple down), cross again (next down), bottom couple lead up through top
II.B31-4Cast down to the bottom, others follow
II.B41-4Arm left with partner

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