The Mulberry Garden

The Mulberry Garden is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1670 in The Dancing Master, 4th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1922. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.

Playford writes:
Lead up all, back, that again : Fall all back, meet, fall back again, then every man turn his own wo.

Go back to back with your own wo. the 2. cu. doing the same, then the 2. men and 2. we. go back to back : Then take all hands and go half round, then change with your own wo. the 2. cu. being in the first place, must foot it and cast off, the other leading up, then they foot it and cast off · Do this to the last.

The tune published by Playford with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album Favorites of the Boston Centre. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 106 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), circle, cast, lead, cast and lead, lead and cast (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 © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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