Weobley Hanky

Source: Reconstructed in 1984 by Andy Anderson (Red Stags), with the "bombast" figure coming from Headcorn Morris. Taught to the Hounds in 1992 by James Allwright (Red Stags).

Tune: Flowers of Edinburgh (William Preece) as A(AB)4A (A=figures, B=chorus).

Formation: A square set of four, each dancer with two hankies.

Hankies: On the first beat of each "step-hop-step-hop" raise a hand, alternating between left and right hands.

Sequence: Once to Yourself, Large Rounds, Chorus, Dogbones, Chorus, Stars, Chorus, Bombast, Chorus, Large Rounds.

Chorus: Going around the set clockwise from the dancer closest to the musician's right hand, each dancer in turn "salutes"=bows while flourishing their hanky, then all turn over their right shoulders and dance "small rounds"=a small individual circle clockwise, ending back in place.

Large Rounds: Turn out over your right shoulder, and as a group circle clockwise, going around twice.

Dogbones: Pass right shoulders across the set, swerve right and loop left back to your partner's place. Repeat, ending in your original place.

Stars: Do a right-hand star for half the music, then a left-hand star back. Remember where you started!

Bombast: Start from a square set. Each dancer will move one place counterclockwise around the square and then turn out over their right shoulder. First corners (the diagonal pair that includes the person closest to the musician's right hand) will go there directly, but second corners first pass right shoulders in the middle of the set and then go to their progressed place. Repeat this a total of 4 times to get back to your original place.

This page was written by Mike Miller of the Bassett Street Hounds and was last edited on 10/23/97.

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