Up With Aily

Source: Playford 1703, interpreted by Pat Shaw; published in English Dance & Song, April 1959. Vol XXIII. No. 2
Formation: Longways; Proper

A1 #1 Man Lead the other two towards #2 Lady & Back (6)
All Turn Single Up - #1 Man Casting Down into #2 Man's Place, #2 Man Moving Up (6)
A2 #1 Lady Lead the other two towards #1 Man & back(6)
All Turn Single Right - #1 Lady Casting Down into #2 Lady's Place, #2 Lady Moving Up (6)(6)
B1 #1s Dosido (6)
#1s Cast Up WHILE #2s Lead Down and Turn Single Down (6)
B2 Slip Circle Left (6)
#1s Cast Down - #2s Lead Up (6)

This is the original music:

Up With Aily

When Cecil Sharp published the dance in The Country Dance Book Part 6, in the accompanying Country Dance Tunes book he published "The Hare's Maggot" tune, with the heading:
"Up With Aily (To the tune of The Hare's Maggot)" He gave no specific explanation for this change, though he had earlier stated that he was now matching good dances with good tunes.

Though both tunes are in three-time, The Hare's Maggot A music, played twice, provides 36 steps, while the Up With Aily A music, played once, provides 24 steps. Sharp allowed lots of time to get into the lines of three, and back out of them, using the extra 12 steps. Pat Shaw's article emphasises that, with the original music, there is no time for that.

You can see Sharp's version in this

I would suggest that everyone turning up in both A1 and A2 would be more consistent. A common embellishment is for the #2s to Turn Single Up as they move up at end of B2.

Original page from English Dance & Song, April 1959

Up With Aily

Pat Shaw was a leading figure in the 20th century dance world. As well as writing his own dances and interpreting dances from the 17th and 18th centuries he also researched traditional dances from the 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a regular contributor to the English Dance & Song magazine.

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