Carcassonne big set, #1


Carcassonne big set, #1


Southern / Appalachian / Big sets


This is an excellent example of traditional southern Appalachian big set square dance, recorded by John Ramsay in Carcassonne, Kentucky, September 19, 1991. The tune is Liza Jane. The caller is Randall Caudill; he is the son of Ruby Caudill, now (2013) in her nineties and no longer involved in organizing the dance. Ruby identified the musicians as the Pinetop Ramblers: Eugene Fields, Daylo Lewis, Marlin Smith, and Ovit Couch.

With relatively few examples on our site of this style of dancing, we have included the dance in its entirety to illustrate the changing figures as the dance goes along. Among them:

Lady round the lady, gent also
Lady round the gent, gent don't go

dosido, with the "mountaineer loop" style where the gents pass their partner behind their back

right hands across and how do you do?
left hand back, fine, thank you

you swing mine and I'll swing yours

make a basket

lady round the lady, gent around the gent
turn partner by right hand, then
lady round the gent, gent around the lady

take a little peek

Date Created

September 19, 1991


John Ramsay

Spatial Coverage

USA, Kentucky, Carcassonne

Temporal Coverage


Item Relations

This Item is related to Item: Phil Jamison - Big Circle Dance from Carcassonne, KY
This Item is related to Item: Phil Jamison - Carcassonne big set
This Item is related to Item: Carcassonne big set, #2