Hay on Wye (8-man)


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Source:

Adapted from notes supplied by Sarah Morland of Iffy Morris. (1994)

Tune:

Redesdale Hornpipe, gentle and dotted, with a bass line giving it a kind of Nat King Cole feel.

Formation:

Set of 8 in two rows of 4.

2 short sticks each.

Step:

Single step for figures.  Stand for chorus.

Sequence:

Foot up
Chorus
Swap diagonals
Chorus
Inside out
Chorus
Back to back
Chorus
Inside out
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:

1 and 3 change places with 6 and 8, two steps.

2 4 6 8     becomes   2 4 1 3

1 3 5 7                 6 8 5 7

 

2 and 4 change places with 5 and 7, on two steps

2 4 1 3    becomes    5 7 1 3
6 8 5 7                 6 8 2 4

 

Middles change places on two steps:

5 7 1 3     becomes     5 8 2 3
6 8 2 4                   6 7 1 4

 

Two steps on the spot, for middles to turn back to face in.

Repeat, so all end up opposite original position:

5 8 2 3   -->  5 8 6 7   -->  1 4 6 7
6 7 1 4         2 3 1 4         2 3 5 8

 

-->  1 3 5 7
      2 4 6 8

Variation for 6:  do 'corners' as in Click go the Shears.

Inside out:

Middles dance out between ends (3&4 between 1&2, 5&6 between 7&8), and dance most of a figure 8 around the end two (like the ho in Brimfield: 4&5 go through their gaps before 3&6), and take 12 steps to dance round and finish in a line with the ends, thus:

      2   4   6   8
      1   3   5   7

becomes

4     6
2     8
1     7
3     5

?while ends keep stepping on the spot facing front.  As the middles get to position to form wide set at right angles to original position, on step 12, all turn sharply to face new partner.  Then all do 2 steps on the spot in wide set, 2 steps in to narrow set and stomp stomp.

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.

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