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Strip the Willow (longways ad lib) Also known as Orcadian Strip the Willow, Drops of Brandy
Longways whole set
|Top couple turns or spins for a bit, then each works down the opposite line (ie of the people of the opposite sex) turning side person LH, partner RH, next side person LH, ...|
|When 1st couple reach the bottom, they spin to the end of the phrase, then join the side lines.|
|Next top couple starts when there's enough room to do so.|
The rule is: right arm to partner, left to everyone else; if someone offers you the wrong arm, take it and don't fuss.
With a very long line this version is a bit tedious, because nothing much happens on the side lines. Better to break the set up.
Callers note: this dance isn't phrased. Start them off and hope.
Music: Anything brisk. Slips jigs (notably Drops of Brandy
) are often used, but ordinary jigs and reels work just as well.