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Errol on the Green

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Published on Apr 18, 2014

Errol on the Green appears in the Pat Shaw Collection, Book 1 (Dances), compiled and edited by Marjorie Fennessy and first published by H.E. Styles in 1986. As you can see, it is a lively 3-couple dance with a traditional tune (called Errol on the Green) for the A part and music composed by Pat for the B. Pat composed the dance in 1972 while in Edinburgh working at the School of Scottish Studies.

The dance calls for a morris hey plus one (1s cast into second place as the 2s move up at the end of A1), followed by heys across the set. Both heys are done with a skip change of step, while for contrast the B part is done with a dance walk and setting step.

Many thanks are due to the dancers in this set, who show in the two rounds in the video what a fun, exuberant dance Errol on the Green is. The high-energy music was provided by Karen Axelrod, keyboard; Naomi Morse, violin; and Doug Creighton, melodeon.

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