The Bowmen of Kent ~ Simons/3 Couple

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The Bowmen of Kent ~ Simons/3 Couple is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Thomas Skillern in 1795 and published in Twelve Country Dances & Cotillions for the Year 1795. It was interpreted by A. Simons in about 1990 and published in Kentish Hops. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 231. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Skillern writes:

Right hands 4 half round left back again lead down 1 Cu up again cast off hands 4 round at bottom ··· right & left at top

(Thanks to Colin Hume and Paul Cooper for the original.)

I made an animation of this, but I don't think it's really possible to fit 5 changes of rights and lefts into 4 bars as Simons wants, especially if everyone is involved in the star and has no time to fudge. I suggest dancing to Colin Hume's version instead.

The tune, The Bowmen of Kent, was published by Skillern in 1795 with the dance of the same name. Colin Hume wrote a counter-melody for it (2nd time through). Colin Hume's software synthesized the music.

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 (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.

The dance contains the following figures: circle, cast, lead, hands across, hey, circular hey, down the middle and back (and probably others).

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.

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © ~1990 by A. Simons. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2023 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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