Hay on Wye (4-man)


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Source:

Modification by RMW from 8-man version.

Tune:

Redesdale Hornpipe, gentle and dotted.

Formation:

Set of 4 in two rows of 2.

2 short sticks each.

Step:

Single step for figures.  Stand for chorus.

Sequence:

Foot up
Chorus
Swap diagonals
Chorus
4-tops Hey (1)
Chorus
Back to back
Chorus
4-tops Hey (2)
Chorus
Swap diagonals
Chorus
Rounds and finish

Foot up:

8 steps on the spot, facing up, then turn out and down on the hop of step 8 to do 8 steps facing down, turning in to face partner on last 2 steps.

Chorus:

Sticking with partner:
      RR LL RR LL RR LL RLR-

On the final ? of the sticking, everyone raise sticks high above head with a shout.

Repeat sticking.

 

The sticking should be performed with an up and down motion of the sticks and in a slight arc, so that they swing up high above the head, and low down below the knees, with all clashes actually happening at about eye-level with a glancing blow as the sticks pass as they go up and down.

Swap Diagonals:

Always pass right shoulders:

 

First corner swap places across the diagonal on 2 steps.

Second corner swaps places across the diagonal on 2 steps.

Everybody swap sides across set on 2 steps

Everybody 2 step on the spot.

 

REPEAT.

4-tops Hey (1):

The aim of this figure is to perform a 4-man hey ACROSS the original set position, and finish with everyone facing up and down instead of across, and having swapped sides and ends.  To start the hey, the SECOND corner couple cross their diagonal, passing RIGHT shoulders and then make a big loop round to their right to form the ends of the hey.  Meanwhile the other couple cross their diagonal passing LEFT shoulders and immediately turn left.  This leaves all 4 dancers in a straight line across set, ready to enter the 4-man, right shoulders hey.  How to finish the hey with everyone in their changed positions is easier to do than to explain!

Back to back:

Side nearest music do Right shoulder back to back round other side, who keep stepping on the spot: 1 step to surge across, 2 to get round partner and into line with the other side, 1 on the spot, 4 back to place.
Repeat, with other side moving and side nearest music on the spot.

4-tops Hey (2):

The aim of this figure is to perform a 4-man hey UP and DOWN the original set position, and finish with everyone facing across the set, and having swapped sides and ends- i.e. back in their original set positions.  To start the hey, the FIRST corner couple cross their diagonal, passing RIGHT shoulders and then make a big loop round to their right to form the ends of the up and down hey.  Meanwhile the other couple cross their diagonal passing LEFT shoulders and immediately turn left.  This leaves all 4 dancers in a straight line up and down the original set, ready to enter the 4-man, right shoulders hey.  How to finish the hey with everyone back in their original set positions is easier to do than to explain!

Rounds:

Turn the long way into clockwise rounds and off, or rounds and out-and-in, as called.  On the hop of step 8 of the rounds everyone raises both sticks above head with a shout, as in the chorus.