The Geud Man of Ballangigh

The Geud Man of Ballangigh The Guidman of Balangigh

The Geud Man of Ballangigh is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1696 in The second Part of the Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1922. Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:

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

The 1. cu lead down between the 2. cu. and cast up into their places, then the 1. man take the 2. man with his right hand and lead through between the two we. and com into their own places.This to the first Strain play'd once
The 2. cu lead up through the 1. cu. and cast off into their own places, and the 1. wo. and 2. wo. lead through between the two men, and cast off into their own places. This to the first Strain play'd twice The 1. man set to the 2. wo. then fall back and turn S. the 1. wo. do the like to the 2. man, then all four hands half round, then set to your Partners and change to your own sides.

In her book, Ease and Elegance, Fried de Metz Herman gives an interpretation of this dance which, as far as I can tell, is exactly the same as Sharp's.

The Playford Ball makes a slight alteration in including a "fall back" after the circle half (in B2).

The tune, called Hunt the Squirrel, was published in a later edition of Playford. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album A Playford Ball. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 115 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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, turn single, circle, cast, lead (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 out of copyright, and is in the public domain. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2019 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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