The Firr Tree

The Firr Tree is an English Country Dance. It was published by Rutherford in about 1756 in Rutherford's compleat Collection of 200 of the most celebrated Country Dances both Old and New, Vol. 1. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2022. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Rutherford writes:

The first Man Cast off & turn the third Woman & stand in the 2d Man's Place The first Woman Does the same Hands round four at Bottom Right Hand & Left at Top

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.

The dances of George Williams (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

A11-4M1 long cast down (M2 twirls up)
5-8M1+W3 right hand turn
A21-4W1 long cast down (W2 twirls up)
5-8W1+M3 left hand turn
B11-41s+3s circle left...
5-8...and back to the right
B21-81s+2s face partner four changes of rights and lefts

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