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Michael Barraclough

Moll Peatley Ther New Way (1701)

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Original Publications:

tlbull1 The [English] Dancing Master, 11th Edn, published by H. Playford, London 1701 (and 12th to 18th editions)


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Modern Interpretations:

tlbull1 None known, apart from this one


tlbull1 This dance replaces a longways for 4 couples dance with same tune but different dance figures which was published 1670-1698 
tlbull1 The dance is refered to in a letter to the Spectator dated 11 May 1710.
"At last an impudent young Dog bid the Fidlers play a Dance called Mol Patley ... and after having made two or three Capers, ran to his Partner, locked his Arms in hers, and whisked her round cleverly above Ground in such manner, that I, who sat upon one of the lowest Benches, saw further above her Shoe than I can think fit to acquaint you with. I could no longer endure these Enormities; wherefore just as my Girl was going to be made a Whirligig, I ran in, seized on the Child, and carried her home."
This suggests that skirts are flying 'up' and an appropriate movement is needed to achieve this
tlbull1 There is an illustration of the “hit your elbows together” figure in Rowlandson’s satirical painting ‘The Country Dance’, an engraving of which was published in 1789 and a copy of which hangs in Cecil Sharp House.  There also used to be a painting in the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) which showed this figure without the arms being interlinked
tlbull1 Sometimes the publisher includes words which refer to movements that actually happen later in the dance, and not at the point where the words appear (in this case the 1st appearance of the words "and then your left" really belongs at the place of the 2nd appearance)
tlbull1 For modern usage I recommend starting in a circle with each couple being improper.


tlbull1 Longways single minor or Longways duple improper


tlbull1 ABC Format
tlbull1 MID Format

This is a modern ('rocky') version of the tune from the Pyewackett album 7 to Midnight. 




Bold text represents original instructions and light text represents interpretations by Michael Barraclough

A1 1-4 Side on one side (right shoulder)
A2 1-4 and then on the other side (left shoulder)
B 1-5 then hit your right elbows together, (and then your left), and turn with your left hands behind and your right hands before, and turn twice round. Stand side-by-side, right shoulders together.  Put right arm in front of the other person and left hand behind your own back.  Take the other persons right hand with your left.  This is like a 'Hullichan' swing hold except that the right arms have the elbows against each other instead of being linked.  Then 'buzz swing' step around each other twice
B 6-10 and then your left elbows together, and turn as before, and so to the next.Stand side-by-side, left shoulders together.  Put left arm in front of the other person and right hand behind your own back.  Take the other persons left hand with your right.  This is like a 'Hullichan' swing hold except that the left arms have the elbows against each other instead of being linked.  Then 'buzz swing' step around each other once and a half and end in each other's place, facing the next person.
Note The transition from B1-5 to B6-10 can be achieved without letting go, but make sure that you have a 1st aider present before trying it!

© Michael Barraclough 2012



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