Wright Butter'd Peas

Butter'd Pease

Wright Butter'd Peas or Butter'd Pease is an English Country Dance. It was published by Wright in 1740 in Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances, Vol. 1. It was interpreted by Ken Sheffield (website) in 1982 and published in From Two Barns, Vol 1. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

This dance has many sources, Wright, Walsh, Johnson, and Wilson at minimum. Perhaps others. so presumably it was popular. Wright, Walsh and Johnson all use the same words and were approximate contemporaries. Wilson (as usual) is different, and 100 years later.

Wright writes:

Each strain twice.

The 1st Man and Wo. set. Foot it & turn The 1st Man does the same with ye 2d Wo. as at the same time doth his Partner with the 2d Man 1st Cu. cross over below the 3d Cu. Then slip up the Middle to ye Top, Foot it and cast off.

Sheffield has replaced the original "Foot it", which is rather undefined, with a rant step. If you are unfamiliar with the rant step, see Colin Hume's description. If all else fails, just set.

Sheffield has added a turn single at the end of the dance. This means that the slip up (which goes through 2 places) only has 2 bars instead of 4. If that feels rushed, I suggest omitting the final turn single. (It isn't in the original).

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 dances of Ken Sheffield (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.

A11-4Set and foot it to partner (set and 2 rant steps, set twice, etc)
5-8Partner two hand turn, 1s once and a half, 2s once
A21-4Set and foot it to neighbor
5-8Neighbor two hand turn once and a half
B11-41s cross, go below next 2s, who move up
5-8Left hands across with that neighbor
B21-2Slip home, 1s inside, 2s outside
3-4Foot it (2 rant steps, set)
5-61s cast down as 2s lead up
7-8All turn single

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 copyright © 1982 by Ken Sheffield. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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