The Charmer

The Charmer is a Scottish Country Dance. It was published by Walsh in 1717 in Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1717, London. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1979 and published in RSCDS Book 29. It is J8×32 3C/4C, a proper Triple Minor dance. J32.

First published by Walsh in 1717, John Young (Playford) in 1718, Walsh again in 1719.

Walsh writes:

Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.

The 1st Cu. take Hands, go thro' the 2d, and set to the 3d Cu. then turn about to the 2d Cu. and all four take Hands abreast, lead up and the 1st Cu. cast off The 2d Cu. do the same with the 3d and the 1st Cu. The 1st Cu. figure thro' the 2d Cu. all four take Hands and turn quite round The 1st Cu. cross quite round the 2d Cu. clap Hands and cast off into the 2d Cu. Place

The music consists of two 8 bar strains in cut time (not a jig).

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, circle, cast (and probably others).

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