Dawley

Source: Reconstructed by John Kirkpatrick (Shropshire Bedlams) and collected in 198? by Andy Anderson (Red Stags). Taught at the Five-Day Wonder in 1993 by James Allwright (Red Stags) and transmitted to the Hounds in 1997 by Debbie Lewis (MOTley).

Tune: Return from the Waterside (Andy Anderson) as A(AB)3ABBA (A=sticking, B=figures).

Variants: This can be done with 1 short stick each, using either the usual chorus (done twice per A part) or a simpler chorus (while stepping, face across the set and clash forehand as | x-x-xxx- | x-x-xxx- | xxx-xxx- | xxxxxxx- |). The tune is slower when short sticks are used. There is also a variant of the long stick dance for six (see below).

Formation: A rectangular set of 8, each with 1 long stick.

Sequence: Once to Yourself, Chorus, Parallel Heys, Chorus, Linked Hey, Chorus, O-Shaped Hey, Chorus, Litchfield Hey, Chorus.

Chorus: Step throughout. Hold your stick with both hands and clash with authority (but no follow-through). L=clash forehand with the person to your diagonal left. R=clash backhand with the person to your diagonal right. CL=center from the left: clash backhand with your partner. CR=center from the right: clash forehand with your partner. The sequence is | L L CL CR | R R CR CL | L CL CR R | CR CL L CL |. This is done just once per A part.

Parallel Heys: Pair up in your lines of 4, and do a right-shoulder hey in those lines.

Linked Hey: Pair up in your lines of 4 while linking up with your partner (put your arm around the waist of the person across the set from you). Do a right-shoulder hey along the centerline of the set.

O-Shaped Hey: Like parallel heys, but cross by left shoulders at the top and the bottom of the set and continue along the other side.

Litchfield Hey: In each of the top and bottom squares of 4, first corners (the diagonal pair including the dancer closest to the musician's right hand) cross by right shoulders, then second corners cross by right shoulders. Pause, and clash once, then the dancers at the ends of the set pass right shoulders across the set while the dancers in the middle square pass right shoulders up and down the set. Repeat the entire sequence a total of 4 times and you'll be back to place. This is a “tootsie-roll” shaped hey (if that helps you visualize it - ignore this if it doesn't).

Dawley for Six

Formation: A rectangular set of 6, each with 1 long stick.

Sequence: Once to Yourself, Chorus, Parallel Heys, Chorus, Linked Hey, Chorus, O-Shaped Hey, Chorus, Litchfield Hey, Chorus.

Chorus: Step throughout. Hold your stick with both hands and clash with authority (but no follow-through). L=clash forehand with the person to your diagonal left. R=clash backhand with the person to your diagonal right. CL=center from the left: clash backhand with your partner. CR=center from the right: clash forehand with your partner. The sequence is | L L CL CR | R R CR CL | L CL CR R | CR CL L CL |. This is done just once per A part.

Important note: At the end of the figures, people will be in different places than where they started (except for in the Litchfield hey).

Parallel Heys: Top couple faces down, and everyone else faces up toward the music to form two lines of 3. Do a right-shoulder hey in those lines, initiated by the top couple. Bottom couple waits until the top couple approaches before starting the hey. At the end of the hey, everyone will have progressed one place up the set (i.e., bottoms will now be middles, middles will now be tops, and tops will now be bottoms).

Linked Hey: Top couple faces down, everyone else faces up toward the music, and all link arms with the person across the set. Do a right-shoulder hey along the centerline of the set, initiated by the top couple. Bottom couple waits until the top couple approaches before starting the hey. At the end of the hey, everyone will have progressed one place up the set (i.e., bottoms will now be middles, middles will now be tops, and tops will now be bottoms).

O-Shaped Hey: Like parallel heys, but cross by left shoulders at the top and the bottom of the set and continue along the other side. Again, the top couple initiates the hey, and the bottom couple waits until the top couple approaches before starting the hey. At the end of the hey, everyone will have progressed one place up the set (i.e., bottoms will now be middles, middles will now be tops, and tops will now be bottoms). Everyone should be back in their original positions.

Litchfield Hey: Numbering the set as in a Cotswold set, people in positions 1 and 4 switch, at the same time as 3 and 6 switch, crossing by right shoulders. Then the people in positions 2 and 3 switch, at the same time as 4 and 5 switch, crossing by right shoulders. Everyone pauses, and clashes once. Ends switch, passing by right shoulders, while middles remain where they are. Repeat this sequence 3 times. At the end, everyone should be where they started out at the beginning of the Litchfield hey.


The dance notes for the regular 8 person version were modified on 2/14/10 by Karin Howe, to fit the way Whiskey Rebellion does the dance. Original dance notes written by Mike Miller are available here. The dance notes for the 6 person version were written by Karin Howe on 2/14/10.

Tune: Return from the Waterside

X:18 
T:Dawley
T:Return From The Waterside
R:reel
H:Used as tune for Shropshire Bedlams dance "Dawley"
H:Dance reconstructed by Andy Anderson of Red Stags Morris.
C:Andy Anderson.
P:A(AB)3ABBA
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
P:A
D2 | B2 B2 ABcA | G2 G2 FGAD | EFGE FGAF | GBAG F2 D2 | 
B2 B2 ABcA | G2 G2 FGAD | EFGE FGAF | G2 B2 G2 ||
P:B
Bc | d2 d2 edcB | cBAG FGAF | GABG ABcA | BdBd A2 D2 | 
GABG ABcA | BcdB cedc | BGBG AFAF | G2 B2 G2 ||
dances/border/dawley.txt · Last modified: 2010/02/14 13:36 (external edit)