The Bonny Cuckoo (4-couple longways set) Music: “Sheebeg, Sheemore” by Turloch O'Carolan
Dance by Gail Ticknor, Tune in triple time by Carolan; published in The Blind Harper Dances A Cpl 1 dance down ctr past 2 cpls, cast up one place (2s moving up); Cpl 1 cross by RH and change places by LH with nbr below; A 4th couple does similar (start up ctr., etc.) Order of the set is now 2-4-3-1) B Hands 8, circle L; balance in and out; release hands, W balance in & out (moving R), while M balance out & in (moving L to change places with neighbor) B Hands 8, circle R; balance, partners 2-hand turn to end proper (2-3-4-1) Repeat 3x
THE BONNYCUCKOO 4 Co Longways (Gail Ticknor) 1996?
A 1-4 1st Co lead down middle below 3rd Co, & cast up round 3rd Co to 2nd place, 2nd Co moving up;
5-8 1st Co cross Rh (2 bars), then pass Lh with 3rd Co on sides:
9-12 4th Co lead up middle above 3rd Co (in 2nd place), & cast down round 3rd Co into 3rd place, 1st Co moving down;
13-16 4th Co cross Rh (2 bars), then pass Lh with 3rd Co on sides: (Set is now 2 - 4 impr.- 3 - 1 impr.)
B I-8 Hands 8 to L (4 bars), all balance forward & back, then We balance forward & back moving one place to R as Men balance back & forward moving one place to L:
9-16 Hands 8 to R (4 bars), all balance forward & back, then partners 2 hands turn to own sides (1st & 3rd Co's turn once round as 2nd & 4th Co's turn 1/2 way & fall back).
Repeat dance thrice.