Cornish Folk Tradition: Songs Music Dance and Associated Customs
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Cornish DAnce: Seaton Furry
Music and dance composed by Mike Hartland, 1985. Seaton (From the Cornish, 'Seythen') was once a port and historically more important than its now better known neighbour, Downderry. The river and port silted up with sand giving rise to the story of the Mermaid of Seaton to whom responsibility for this was attributed. Mike Hartland felt that a 'Seaton Furry' would help to redress the balance and put the village back on the map. It was also hoped that the dance could be adopted for the annual carnival procession from Seaton to Downderry.
Formation:Processional dance for two couples in a circle (duple minor set) around the room
Steps 'One two three hop' Seaton_Furry
Hold Gentleman holds lady's left hand in his right at comfortable shoulder height.
Bars  
1-2 Two steps forward
3-4 Continuing to travel, lady passes in front of man to his left hand side.
5-6 Two steps forward
7-8 Continuing to travel forward the lady passes back in front of man to right hand side. First couple turn to face second couple.
9-10 Dancers step into middle and reverse out to position previously held by dancer on left.
11-12 As per 9 10
13-14 As per 9 10
15-16 As per 9 10 so that dancers have returned to original places.
Dance is repeated as often as desired.
Tune- Seaton Furry written by Mike Hartland Midi
     
   
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