Impropriety Volume II - Country Dances

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Here are videos that most accurately show how some of these dances are meant to be done.

Plum Thursday
Scales of Justice
Snow Day
Trim the Sails


The Play's the Thing has incorrect bar notation in the dance description. There are only four bars to each phrase (rather than eight). The sheet music should indicate 1st ending and 2nd ending.

Pear Blossom B2 should say bars 1-8.

Through the Looking Glass has been improved. On the second and fourth times through, for the C section bars 1-2, partners take L-hands but set toward each other and away.

We made an optional change to Hey Baby Hey. We added a turn for the couple at either end not involved in the diagonal changes:
B1 5-8 while 3s R-hand turn once round
B2 5-8 while 2s (at top) R-hand turn once round
(1st corner dancers turn out over L-shoulder out of the turn to begin the hey)
(2nd corner dancers ease out of turn to pass R-shoulder to begin the hey)

We weren’t satisfied with An Improper Notion and much prefer An(other) Improper Notion published in volume 4.

Dances included in Volume II

  • English Country Dances
    • Alder Cove 
    • Birthday at Pinewoods   
    • Chocolate for Breakfast     
    • The Dancing Betty        
    • Daybreak    
    • Hazelfern Place 
    • Hey Baby Hey 
    • An Improper Notion (NOTE: please still use the recording on CD 4 but use the new, improved version of this dance, titled An(other) Improper Notion, is published in Volume IV)
    • Joint Effort        
    • Larkin Grace        
    • MacQueen’s Jig    
    • Mendocino Cure 
    • Pear Blossom     
    • The Play’s the Thing        
    • Remembrance        
    • Scales of Justice        
    • Snow Day 
    • Through the Looking Glass        
    • Tributary    
    • Trim the Sails 
    • X Ackley (NOTE: we didn't have room on the accompaning CD for every tune, so this is recorded on CD 3)        
    • Yakima Rim 
  • Scottish Country Dances
    • McNeal Pavilion      
    • Orcas Rising        
    • The Solution      
    • Susan Mann’s Jig 
    • Trip to Panama

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Dave Bartley, Shira Kammen, Anita Anderson, Jim Oakden

This CD includes most of the English country dances published in Impropriety Volume II, the Country Dances of Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett, performed by the band Roguery.

Roguery is: Anita Anderson (piano, voice, accordion, cittern) and Dave Bartley (guitars, cittern, mandolin, tenor banjo, voice) from Seattle, WA, Jim Oakden (recorders, clarinets, tenor banjo, whistle, guitar, mandolin, accordion) from Santa Cruz, CA, and Shira Kammen (fiddle, viola, vielle, medieval harp) from Berkeley, CA, who met in the Rogue Valley of Oregon to record this album.

The band's varied influences include English, contra, early music, classical, Breton, Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, Galician, French, Balkan, jazz-fusion, gospel, Scandinavian, and Greek.