Al Brundage – Live recording, 1952

Title

Al Brundage – Live recording, 1952

Description

Early MWSD choreography
This recording is an example of what local callers in southern New England were calling in 1952. The location is not identified. Al says he is using a record without speed control on the player (which was not readily available at that time), which suggests that the setting was one of the clubs that he started after returning from Lloyd Shaw's summer institute in 1949.

The Birdie in the Cage routine was in common use at that time and did not require any explanation. The routine was repeated four times in exactly the same way. The breaks between the routines alternated between two common routines. It is interesting to note that Al uses the name Docey Doe for the pattern that he and Herb Greggerson agreed at Shaw's would be called Do Paso.

The tape starts with the end of the Birdie In the Cage routine for lady #1 and continues with a repetition of the figure for ladies 2, 3 and 4.
 
Home you go and square your set
It's lady two to the right
Turn the right hand gent with the right hand around
Partner left as you come down
And now your opposite gent with the right hand around
And partner left as you come down
And now the left hand gent with the right hand around
And now your partner left and sit her right down
The birdie in the middle and seven hands around
Put birdie in the middle of the ring and seven hands around that thing
Birdie jump out and the hawk jump in it's seven hands and gone again
Watch your step at the next command
Hawk jump out it's Allemande Left with a Left Allemande
And your partner right hand, a Grand Chain all
A Grand Right and Left around the hall, Grand Right and Left
And meet your partner, Promenade
Two by two with the pretty little maid
Promenade eight and promenade two
Promenade home and home you go and
Everybody ready with a heel and toe

And lady number three
Turn the right hand gent with the right hand around
Partner left as you come down
And now your opposite gent with the right hand around
And back to your partner left with the left hand round
And now the left hand gent with the right hand around
And back to your partner left and sit her down
The birdie in the middle and set her down seven hands around
Birdie in the cage
Birdie jump out and the hawk jump in it's seven hands and gone again
Watch your step and here you go
Hawk jump out with a Docey Do
And Docey and a little more Do and Corner by the right hand around
Partner Left go once around and Docey and around you go
Keep on going on the heel and toe
Partner meet and you promenade
Two by two with the pretty little maid
Promenade and go home in place
And everybody ready
 
And now the last lady number four
To the right hand gent with the right hand around
Partner left as you come down
And now your opposite gent with the right hand around
And back to your partner left with the left go round
And now the left hand gent with the right hand around
And back your partner left and sit her right down
The birdie in the cage and seven hands around
Circle seven around that pretty little thing
Birdie jump out and the hawk jump in
It's seven again Hawk in the middle
Now watch your step at the next command
Hawk jump out with a Left Allemande
You Allemande Left and a right to your own
A Grand Right and Left
It’s Grand Right and Left the hall
And now you pass 'em all and keep on going around the town
Slide your big feet along the ground keep on going
Meet your partner Promenade that ring
Promenade Sally, Promenade Sue
And Promenade it's up to you
And you get 'em on home, home you go
And everybody ready
 
Go All Around your Left Hand Lady
And See Saw your pretty little Taw
And Allemande Left your Corner Left Allemande
Your partner Right with your right hand
And a Grand Right and Left a Right and Left Grand
Meet your partner at the end of the hall
And promenade two by two your partners all promenade
Home you go Bow to your partners heel and toe
Bow to your Opposite lady, Bow to your Corner Lady
Bow to your Right Hand Lady
And thank your Partner, That'll be all

Creator

Al Brundage

Date Created

1952

Contributor

from the collection of Stig Malmo

Spatial Coverage

USA, New England

Temporal Coverage

1950s

Item Relations

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