Sheriff's Ride


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History

Traditional. “The Sheriff’s Ride is an annual perambulation of the boundary of the City (and between 1553 and 1888 the County) of Lichfield on the Saturday nearest to the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary aka the eighth of September.” (Lichfield Lore blog)

Videos

Sheriff's Ride (2011)

Structure

Swagger Round: Right foot; ends with step and jump

Heading Up: Right foot; 4 double steps, 2 closed side steps, swingbacks to step and jump

Chorus

Heading Down: Right foot; 4 double steps, 2 closed side steps, swingbacks to step and jump

Chorus

Back to Back: Right foot; ends with step and jump

Chorus

Hey: Right foot; ends with pull down and step and jump

Chorus

Chorus

Main Idea: 2 Bunnies, Lichfield Caper (x2)

Bunnies:

Legs: bend knees slightly, then straighten knees and up on toes. Hands: Start with hands limp, almost touching each other, at chest height, then extend and flick hankies over the head of your opposite.

Lichfield caper:

Start caper with a hop a little bit backwards, finish caper with a hop back into original set position. First Lichfield caper is on right, second on left.

Ending

At end of last chorus, instead of 2nd Lichfield, plain capers to face up. To walk off, everyone follows #1, even side turning over their right shoulders.

Notes

What’s a pull down? On third beat (hop without changing feet), pull down (hands up to about chest height, then snap down) instead of showing up.

Quick Reference


Lead in: Two beats
Sequence: 𝄆 AB 𝄇 AA B
Song: Sheriff's Ride (in the key of Em)