The Siege of Limerick

The Siege of Limerick is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford in 1695 in The Dancing Master, 9th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1922. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 20 bars.

Playford writes:
The 1. man cast off below the 2. man, and go above the 2. wo. into the 2. man's plae, the 1. co. cast off below the 2. wo. and go above the 2. man into the 2. wo. place, then cast up and back to back again and so cast off.
Note: The fist Strain is to be played twice over; and the second Strain once through, and so far as from the Repeat over the Note again.

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 dance contains the following figures: cast, lead, hey, rights and lefts (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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