Row Well, Ye Mariners

Row Well, Ye Mariners ~ Sharp/Bolton Row Well, Ye Mariners ~ Sharp Row Well, Ye Mariners

Row Well, Ye Mariners is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton (website) in 1992 and published in Retreads Vol.6. Found in The Playford Assembly. Originally proper this version is a Circle as many as will dance. There is no progression in this dance. Originally this was a single progression dance. It is a mixer. The dance lasts 24 bars. It is in the key: G major.

Playford writes:
Lead up a D. forwards and back That again First man two slips cross the Room one way, the woman the other Back again to your places Fall back both Meet again Clap both your own hands, then clap each other's right-hands against one another's; clap both your own hands again, then clap left-hands, then clap both hands again, then clap your breasts, then meet both your hands against one-another The same again, only clap left-hands first

First man sides with the next wo. and his wo. with the next man, doing the like till you come to your own places, the rest following and doing the same.

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 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

The dances of Charles Bolton (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-4Right shoulder siding
A21-4Left shoulder siding
B1,B21-4In long lines slip left, then right
C1,C21-4Partner back to back
D11-4Clap: own hands, partner's right, own, left, cross on own shoulders, both partner's hands
D21-2Set
3-4Move one position right until across from next person of opposite sex (skip one person, go to the next)

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