The Mulberry Garden is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1670 in The Dancing Master, 4th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1922 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 6). Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: D minor.
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 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.
|A1||1-4||Up a double, and back|
|B1||1-4||Face partner, fall back, come forward|
|5-8||Partner two hand turn|
|A2||1-4||Partner back to back|
|5-8||Neighbor back to back|
|B2||1-2||Circle left half|
|3-4||Partner two hand turn half|
|5-8||1s lead up and cast down as 2s cast down and lead up|
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