Mr. Isaac's Maggot ~ Sharp

Mr. Isaac's Maggot ~ Hume Mr. Isaac's Maggot ~ Pat Shaw Mr. Isaac's Maggot ~ Sharp

Mr. Isaac's Maggot ~ Sharp is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1695 in The Dancing Master, 9th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1916 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 4). It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 20 bars. It is in the key: C major.

Playford writes:
The 1. man turn the 2. wo. with his right-hand, and cast off below the 2. man, the 1. wo. turn the 2. man with her right-hand, and cast off bbelow the 2. wo. The two men take hands and fall back, the two we. doing the same at the same time, all four meet and turn S. then go the whole Figure through, then all four hands a-breast, then lead through and cast off
Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.

The tune was published with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Strong Roots. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 104 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily (no music plays during this slow set). 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.

A1-4M1 right hand turn W2 three quarters, then pass below and outside M2 to return home
5-8W1 left hand turn M2 three quarters, then pass below and outside W2 to home
B1-4Fall back with neighbor six steps, come forward three and turn single right home
5-8Face partner, three changes of a circular hey ending in a line of four facing up with 1s in the middle
9-10Line of four lead up, fall back
11-122s gate the 1s into progressed places

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.

< Prev Top Next >

The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

This website is copyright © 2021,2022 by George W. Williams V
Creative Commons License 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.