_THE CASHEL SET_


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 9. The Cashel Set (The Castle Set)    
          (as recorded in 1993 by Paul D. McGuigan)
          [all figures fit music: Vol. 6]
    -from Tipperary 


  The figures are unnamed, but I have put my own names down as helpful reminders.   

1st Figure "Pass Through/Advance & Retire"
2nd Figure "Ladies Lunge/Wheel"
3rd Figure "Sides Three"
4th Figure "Clap & Stamp"
5th Figure "Slide & Change"
6th Figure "Change Partners" 




1st Figure "Pass Through/Advance & Retire"  {Slide - 192 bars}
  (The Cashel Set/The Castle Set)  [fits music: Vol. 6]
-Opening position:  Couples adopt the standard position.

A FIGURE       (a) HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES house around each other.
   {8 bars}

               (b) PASS THROUGH:  1ST TOPS & 2ND TOPS advance towards each other 
                                  and pass through, ladies in the centre, left 
                                  shoulder to left shoulder (4 bars).  When they 
                                  reach the opposite side each dancer turns toward 
                                  his or her partner on the spot, gents clockwise, 
                                  ladies anti-clockwise.  The two couples advance 
                                  and pass back through to their own places, 
                                  ladies in the centre, right shoulder to right 
                                  shoulder, and turn toward each other to face in 
                                  again, (4 bars).
   {8 bars}

               (c) ADVANCE & RETIRE:  TOP COUPLES join right hands in front.  They 
                                      advance to the centre and retire, twice.
   {8 bars}

               (d) SWING:  All four LADIES turn to the GENTS on their right and 
                           swing with them in waltz hold.  At the end of the swing 
                           the ladies should end up to the right of their new 
                           partners.
   {8 bars}

               (e) ADVANCE & RETIRE:  All dancer join hands in a circle and 
                                      advance to the centre and retire, twice.
   {8 bars}

               (f) SWING:  The ladies return to their original partners, passing 
                           in front of the gent to the right, with whom they have 
                           just danced, and all four couples swing in place in 
                           waltz hold.
   {8 bars}

B FIGURE           TOP COUPLES repeat A.
   {48 bars}

C FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat A.  When sides dance the figure, the ladies 
                                           go to the gents on their left at (d), 
                                           passing in front of their own partner.  
                                           After swinging each lady should end to
                                           the right of her new partner.  At (f), 
                                           each gent continues to hold the hand of 
                                           his original partner as she dances 
                                           moves back to place quickly in front of 
                                           her partner, the gent helping to pull 
                                           her into place. 
   {48 bars}

D FIGURE           Repeat C.  
   {48 bars}




2nd Figure "Ladies Lunge/Wheel"   {Polka - 128 bars}
  (The Cashel Set/The Castle Set)   [fits music: Vol. 6]
-Opening position:  Couples adopt the standard position.

A FIGURE       (a) HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES house around each other.  
   {8 bars}

               (b) ADVANCE & RETIRE:  The dancers of each TOP COUPLE join right 
                                      hands in front of themselves.  They advance 
                                      to the centre and retire, once.
   {4 bars}

               (c) CHANGE:  TOP LADIES dance straight across to the opposite gents
                            (2 bars) and swing once with him in waltz hold 
                            (2 bars).
   {4 bars}

               (d) WHEEL: TOP GENTS keep their hold on their new partners with 
                          their right arms and release their partner's right 
                          hands.  TOP LADIES join right hands in the centre, 
                          and the top couples form a straight line, each 
                          couple facing clockwise around the circle.  They 
                          each wheel around in a clockwise direction until 
                          back in gent's place. 
   {8 bars}

               (e) SWING:  TOP COUPLES swing in place in waltz hold, gents in 
                           their own place and ladies in the opposite places.
   {8 bars}

B FIGURE           TOP COUPLES repeat A.  During the repeat the top ladies 
                   return to their original partners.
   {32 bars}

C FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat A.  During their first time through 
                   the figure, the side ladies change partners.
   {32 bars}

D FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat A.  During the repeat, the side ladies 
                   return to their original partners.
    {32 bars}



 
3rd Figure "Sides Three"  {Polka - 192 bars}
  (The Cashel Set/The Castle Set) [fits music: Vol. 6]
-Opening position:  Couples adopt the standard position.

A FIGURE       (a) HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES house around each other.
   {8 bars}

               (b) LADIES CHAIN:  TOP LADIES dance to centre, chain with right
                                  hands and pass each other, left forearm chain 
                                  with opposite gents and dance around them, the 
                                  gents turning with the ladies, chain with each 
                                  other again with right hands in the middle and 
                                  clasp left forearms with their own partners 
                                  and dance around them.
   {8 bars} 

               (c) SWING:  1ST TOP GENT & 2ND TOP LADY come out of chain to face 
                           each other in the centre, each with their back to the 
                           couple who had been on their left (2 bars).  In waltz 
                           hold, they swing in the centre (4 bars).  At the end 
                           of the swing they separate and each dancer moves back 
                           between the side couple that is to the right of his 
                           or her own home location.

                           Each group of three dancers links arms behind each 
                           others backs, middle dancer with arms over the top 
                           of the other two, the middle dancer holding the 
                           outside hands of the other two.  
   {8 bars}

               (d) ADVANCE & RETIRE:  1ST TOP LADY & 2ND TOP GENT advance to 
                                      centre and retire, twice.  While they are 
                                      advancing and retiring, the SIDE THREES 
                                      dance in place.
   {8 bars}

                                      Then the SIDE THREES advance to the centre
                                      and retire, twice, while the two lone TOPS 
                                      dance in place.
   {8 bars}

               (e) SWING:  The four original couples re-form and swing in place in 
                           waltz hold.  The dancers should dance to place (2 bars) 
                           and then join up and swing (6 bars).
   {8 bars}

B FIGURE           TOP COUPLES repeat A.  1ST TOP LADY and 2ND TOP GENT dance the 
                                          figure at (c), leading into the swing 
                                          from the same direction as their 
                                          partners did, and dancing in threes with 
                                          the same couples as their partners.
   {48 bars}

C FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat A.  1ST SIDE GENT & 2ND SIDE LADY dance the 
                                           figure at (c).
   {48 bars}

D FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat A.  1ST SIDE LADY & 2ND SIDE GENT dance the 
                                           figure at (c). 
   {48 bars}




4th Figure "Clap & Stamp"   {Hornpipe - 128 bars}
  (The Cashel Set/The Castle Set)  [fits music: Vol. 6]
-Opening position:  Couples adopt the standard position.

A FIGURE       (a) HOUSE/CHANGE/CLAP & STAMP:
                   (1) HOUSE:  1ST TOPS & 2ND TOPS dance around to each other's 
                               place in two bars, using the normal hornpipe step, 
                               (hop 1 2 3 - hop 2 2 3), and then dance on around, 
                               back to their own places in two bars, using the 
                               double hornpipe step (hop 1 hop 2 hop 3 hop 4).
   {4 bars}

                   (2) CHANGE:  TOP GENTS dance straight across to the opposite 
                                ladies, in two.  Gents turn once, passing back 
                                to back.
   {2 bars}

                   (3) CLAP & STAMP:  TOPS clap hands three times (1 bar) and 
                                      dance on the spot (1 bar).
   {2 bars}

               (b) HOUSE/CHANGE/CLAP & STAMP:
                   (1) HOUSE:  TOP GENTS with their new partners repeat (a)(1).
   {4 bars}

                   (2) CHANGE:  TOP GENTS dance straight across back to their 
                                own partners, in two bars.
   {2 bars}

                   (3) CLAP & STAMP:  TOP COUPLES repeat (c).
   {2 bars}

               (c) REPEAT:  TOP COUPLES repeat (a) and (b).
   {16 bars}

               (d) HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES repeat (a)(1) only.
   {4 bars}

B FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat A.
   {36 bars}

C HOUSE            TOP COUPLES repeat A.
   {36 bars}

D FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat A.
   {36 bars}




5th Figure "Slide & Change"  {Polka - 240 bars}
  (The Cashel Set/The Castle Set)  [fits music: Vol. 6]
-Opening position:  All dancers face to centre joining hands in a circle.
 
A CIRCLE           In a circle and holding hands, all dancers advance and retire, 
                   twice.
   {8 bars}

B FIGURE       (a) HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES dance around the house inside.
   {8 bars}

               (b) SLIDE & CHANGE:
                   (1) SLIDE:  TOP COUPLES slide-step to the centre.    
                               Gents dance: L-R-LRL, and ladies: R-L-RLR (2 bars).  
                               They then slide-step back to their original places 
                               using the opposite steps (2 bars).
   {4 bars}

                   (2) CHANGE:  TOP COUPLES dance half-way around the house to 
                                each other's places.
   {4 bars}

                   (3) REPEAT:  TOP COUPLES repeat (1) and (2) to bring them 
                                back to their original places.
   {8 bars}
 
               (c) HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES dance around the house inside.
   {8 bars}

               (d) LADIES CHAIN:  TOP LADIES dance to centre, chain with right 
                                  elbows and pass each other, give left hands 
                                  to opposite gents and dance around them, the 
                                  gents turning with the ladies, dance to the 
                                  centre again, chain with right hands and pass 
                                  each other and join left hands with their 
                                  partners' left hands and dance around them,
                                  ending up on the outside of the circle facing 
                                  anti-clockwise around, holding their partners 
                                  left hands in front and right hands behind 
                                  over their right shoulders.  

                                  During the last two bars, the other two couples
                                  dance into the same position.
   {8 bars}    
               (e) SLOW LEAD AROUND:  All four couples dance around anti-clockwise
                                      to the next home location (2 bars) and dance
                                      in place (2 bars).  This movement is 
                                      repeated three more times until all couples
                                      are back in their original locations.
   {16 bars}    
      
C FIGURE           Repeat B, the figure being danced by the SIDE COUPLES.
   {56 bars}   

D FIGURE           Repeat B, the figure being danced by the TOP COUPLES.
   {56 bars}   

E FIGURE           Repeat B, the figure being danced by the SIDE COUPLES.
   {56 bars}   

F CIRCLE           In a circle and holding hands, all dancers advance and retire, 
                   twice.
   {8 bars}

  Note:  According to some experts, during the final 8 bars, the couples sometimes 
         swing to finish instead of doing, in a circle, the advance & retire.





6th Figure "Change Partners" {Slide - 112 bars}
  (The Cashel Set/The Castle Set) [fits music: Vol. 6]
-Opening position:  All dancers face to centre, joining hands in a circle.

A CIRCLE           In a circle and holding hands, all dancers advance and retire, 
                   twice.
   {8 bars}

B SWING            All four couples swing in place in waltz hold.
   {8 bars}

C FIGURE       (a) CHANGE PARTNERS:  All couples separate.  Gents dance one bar 
                                     into the centre and then dance one bar on 
                                     the spot while turning clockwise to face 
                                     around the set in an anti-clockwise 
                                     direction.
  
                                     During the same two bars, each lady dances
                                     around anti-clockwise to the next location 
                                     to her right, next to the gent at that 
                                     location with whom she links up, the 
                                     gent's right arm around her waist and her 
                                     left arm on the gent's left shoulder.

                                     The four new couples lead around 
                                     anti-clockwise in six bars until they 
                                     return to the gents' original places.
   {8 bars}
   
               (b) CIRCLE:  All dancers face to the centre, joining hands in 
                            a circle, and advance to the centre and retire, 
                            twice.
   {8 bars}

               (c) SWING:  All four couples (gents in their original places 
                           and with new partners) swing in place in waltz 
                           hold.
   {8 bars}

D FIGURE           Repeat C.
                   The four ladies move on one place again.
   {24 bars}

E FIGURE           Repeat C.
                   The four ladies move on one place again.
   {24 bars}

F FIGURE           Repeat C.
                   The four ladies return to their original partners.
   {24 bars}
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