Dance Cumberland Reel 1478

Also known as “Cumbersome Reel” (unofficial).

Jig · 32 bars · 4 couples · Longwise - 4   (Progression: 2341)

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Intensity
8800 8000 12 12 12 12 4444 = 68% (1 turn), 69% (whole dance)
Formations
Steps
  • Skip-Change
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As with many dances of ceilidh origin, there are several variants of the "Cumberland Reel". In the RSCDS version (Book 1 #11) the figure "dance down and lead up" is 6+6 bars [bars 17-28]. The crib shows this version.

The diagram shows another version. The figure is now 4+4 [bars 17-24], which is easier to dance. Then "all turn partner RH" is added at the end to fill in the missing 4 bars.

In yet other versions 3c+4c also dance "RHA ; LHA" for bars 1-8.

NameArtistAlbumMediaTrkTypeTimePaceClipTunes
Cumberland Reel Rob Gordon and his Band The Complete Caledonian Ball CD+ 9 J32 42:15 33.8 [S] Cumberland Reel/Syd Chalmers/Robert Crawford
Cumberland Reel Bobby Crowe and his Scottish Dance Band Book 1. Music for Twelve Traditional Dances CD+ 11 J32 80:00 0.0 [S] Cumberland Reel/The Steamboat/Hot Punch/The Cock o' the North
Cumberland Reel Jimmy Shand and his Band The Magic Sounds of Jimmy Shand and His Band LP 8 J32 40:00 0.0 Cumberland Reel/The Berwickshire Volunteers/Kitty Magee
Cumberland Reel Jimmy Shand and his Band English Folk Dances LP 1 J32 40:00 0.0 Cumberland Reel/The Berwickshire Volunteers/Kitty Magee
Cumberland Reel Alex Macarthur & His Scottish Dance Band Scottish Country Dances (Vol. 2) LP 6 J32 84:43 35.4 [S] Cumberland Reel/Miss Eleonora Robertson/Mary Gavin/The Steamboat
Cumberland Reel Alex Macarthur & His Scottish Dance Band Highlander Music Old Masters Volume 1 CD 13 J32 84:43 35.4 [S] Cumberland Reel/Miss Eleonora Robertson/Mary Gavin/The Steamboat
Cumberland Reel George B Stirrat Favourite Scottish Dances #5 LP 1 J32 80:00 0.0 Cumberland Reel/Tam's Hunting Horn/Peter's Peerie Boat/Aithernie Lodge
Cumberland reel Bobby Crowe and his Scottish Dance Band Dance to Bobby Crowe's Band CD+ 13 J32 40:00 0.0
Cumberland Reel Robin Ellis and his Band Scottish Jigs and Reels for Children MC 10 J32 40:00 0.0 Cumberland Reel/Bonnie Dundee/McDougall's March
Cumberland Reel Jimmy Shand and his Band Scottish Country Dances in Strict Tempo (No. 2) LP 8 J32 40:00 0.0 Cumberland Reel/Syd Chalmers/The Belfast Almanac
Cumberland Reel The Glendale Scottish Dance Band Scotland's Fancy CD+ 1 J32 63:17 32.8 Cumberland Reel/Kenmure's on and awa'
Cumberland Reel Jim Johnstone and his Band A Scottish Welcome LP+ 4 J32 50:00 0.0 Cumberland Reel/The Burnt Potato/Tam's Hunting Horn
The Cumberland Reel Jimmy Shand and his Band My Scotland LP 9 J32 60:00 0.0 Syd Chalmers/The Belfast Almanac
Cumberland Reel Adam Rennie and his SCD Quartet Village Hall to Royal Ball MC 8 J32 63:14 32.3 Cumberland Reel/Captain White/Roaring Jelly
The Cumberland Reel Jim Cameron and his Scottish Dance Band Dance Date No 1 LP 4 J32 50:00 0.0 Cumberland Reel/Roaring Jelly/Haste to the Wedding
Cumberland Reel Rutherford, Maureen & Copland, Neil Medal Tests for Young Dancers CD 2 J32 10:43 43.0 Cumberland Reel
Cumberland Reel Jim Cameron and his Scottish Dance Band Jim Cameron's Scottish Dance Band Vol 3 CD 4 J32 52:41 32.2 Cumberland Reel/Roaring Jelly/Haste to the Wedding
Cumberland Reel John Crawford with the Gleneden Scottish Band Early Days - John Crawford CD 13 J32 63:12 32.0 Cumberland Reel/Balcomie House/The Athlone Jig
Cumberland Reel Graham Geddes and his Scottish Dance Band Live at the Beach Ballroom CD 4 J32 84:29 33.6

Cumberland Reel 4/4L · J32

1–
1c+2c RHA ; LHA
9–
1c lead down the middle and up
17-28
1c casts off behind own lines, the other couples following {6} and lead up {6}, 1c finish facing down, 2c+3c+4c forming arches
29-32
1c dance down, the others step back on [32] (to 2,3,4,1)

(An unofficial variant is for 3c+4c to also dance RHA, LHA on [1-8]

Cumberland Reel 4/4L · J32

1-8
1s+2s dance RH across & LH across back to places
9-16
1s lead down the middle & back
17-32
1s followed by 2s+3s+4s cast down on own sides & lead back up to top, 1s lead down to bottom under arches made by 2s+3s+4s

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