Dance The Tangle o' the Isles 19992

Strathspey · 32 bars · 4 couples · Longwise - 4   (Progression: 2413)

Devised by
Brian Gunning
8888/8888/8888/8888 = 100% (whole dance)
  • Strathspey setting, Strathspey travel
Published in
Extra info
Notes from the book:

To ...

Notes from the book:

To be danced with “braggart in your step”.

The name of the dance is taken from the song “The Road to the Isles”, written for a tune that was collected on the Hebridean island of Barra:

Sure by Tummel and Loch Rannoch and Lochaber I will go,
By heather tracks wi’ heaven in their wiles
If it's thinkin' in your inner heart the braggart's in my step,
You've never smelled the tangle o' the Isles.

The dance is a memento of a survey of “tangle” (seaweed) ecology undertaken long ago in the tide race along the Loch Obe gorge on Barra’s east coast. All dancers move ceaselessly throughout, simulating perpetual swirling of tangle fronds in the turbulence of tide and wave. Bars 1-8 represent movement of tangle fronds during the ebb and flow of the tide; in 9-16 they swirl away and back again as waves surge and recede; in 17-24 they are in a whirlpool with marginal eddies and in 25-32 they are displaced by turbulence and rotate in new locations, awaiting the next tide.

The Tangle o' the Isles 4/4L · S32

1s+2s+3s+4s dance RSh reels of 4 on sides
1s+2s (also 3s+4s) dance Non-Progressive Tourbillon:
9-10 1s+2s set
11-12 1s+2s 1/2 turn 2H. Bar 12: 1M drops LH to dance to 2L's place while 1L dances to original place & 2L drops LH to dance in 1M's place while 2M dances to original place
13-16 Similar to bars 9-12 but turning person opposite 2H and moving on
1s+2s also 3s+4s dance Poussette
1s+2s also 3s+4s dance Progressive Set+Link for 2 couples:
25-26 All set on sides
27-28 Set+Link as normal except 1s & 4s link 2 places as 2s & 3s link to adjacent place
All turn partner RH. End 2 4 1 3

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