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Dance Espie McNabb 2004

Also known as “Espie MacCrab” (unofficial).

Jig · 32 bars · 3 couples · Longwise - 4   (Progression: 213)

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Intensity
888 800 800 888 = 66% (1 turn), 50% (whole dance)
Formations
Steps
  • Pas-de-Basque, Skip-Change, Slip-Step
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Espie McNabb

O, saw ye my dearie, my Eppie Macnab?
O, saw ye my dearie, my Eppie Macnab?
“She’s down in the yard, she’s kissin the laird,
She winna come hame to her ain Jock Rab!”

O, come thy ways to me, my Eppie Macnab!
O, come thy ways to me, my Eppie Macnab!
Whate’er thou hast done, be it late, be it soon,
Thou’s welcome again to thay ain Jock Rab.

What says she, my dearie, my Eppie Macnab?
What says she, my dearie, my Eppie Macnab?
“She lets thee to wit that she has thee forgot,
And for ever disowns thee, her ain Jock Rab.”

O, had I ne’er seen thee, my Eppie Macnab!
O, had I ne’er seen thee, my Eppie Macnab!
As light as the air and as fause as thou’s fair,
Thou’s broken the heart o’ thy ain Jock Rab!

This song, written by Robert Burns in 1791 and included in James Johnson’s The Scots Musical Museum, Volume 4 (1792) was according to William Stenhouse “a substitute for the old song, which, he (Burns) justly observes, had more wit than decency”.

The original, which can be found in several ballad collections, begins:

O saw ye my Eppie McNab, McNab?
O saw ye my Eppie McNab, McNab?
She’s down i’ the yeard, she’s kissen the laird,
As whilom’s wi’ honest Jock Rob, Jock Rob.

The next three verses show a rapid deterioration in content.

Carolina Oliphant, Baroness Nairne (1766–1845) wrote another polite version of “Eppie Macnab” which does not vary a great deal from the spirit of Burns’ song. The first verse goes:

O mind ye nae, mind ye nae, Eppie Macnab?
It’s no sae lang syne yet, O Eppie Macnab,
Sin’ your een they shone bricht, and your heart it lapt licht,
Gin ye’d seen but the shadow o’ blythe Jock Rab.

Espie McNabb 3/4L · J32
1–
1c+2c+3c set and cross RH ; repeat
9–
1c lead down the middle and up
17–
1c set | cast off (2c up) ; turn RH
25–
2c+1c+3c Circle6 and back
Espie McNabb 3/4L · J32
1-8
1s+2s+3s set, cross RH, set & cross back RH
9-16
1s lead down the middle & back to place
17-24
1s set, cast 1 place & turn RH (long turn)
25-32
2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back

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Johnsonville SCD Club, NZ, 2015.

Added on: 2015-05-22 (Truus de Ceuster)
Quality: Informal/Social (RSCDS)

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