'Twas o'er the Hills and Far Away ~ Bolton #2 is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1710 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton (website) in 2003 and published in Retreads Vol.9. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
Bolton has two interpretations of this dance.
Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice overThe first Man and his Partner cross over the second Couple and turn. This to the first Strain play'd once. Then cross over the third Couple and turn. This to the first Strain play'd twice Then lead up to the Top and cast off, and then RIght hands and left quite round. This to the second Strain play'd once. Then lead through the third Couple, and cast up and turn your Partner. This to the second Strain play'd twice.
The tune is an old one with many sets of lyrics. Here's one which seems appropriate to a dance:
Now Tom with his pipe made such a noise
That he pleased both the girls and boys,
And they did dance when he did play
"Over the hills and far away"
The tune was published by Playford with the dance, though it had been published earilier in other places.
The animation plays at 70 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 dances of Charles Bolton (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.
|A1||1-4||1s cross, go below as 2s lead up|
|5-8||1s two hand turn|
|A2||1-4||1s cross, go below as 3s lead up|
|5-8||1s two hand turn, other couples circle left half and two hand turn half|
|B1||1-4||1s lead up to top and cast down to middle (middle couple move down)|
|5-8||Top couples two changes of a circular hey and two hand turn half, all face down|
|B2||1-4||Bottom couple followed by others cast to top to invert the set|
|5-8||All partner two hand turn|
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