On Jun 1, 2013, at 9:55 AM, Jonathan Sivier quoted me (Jim
Saxe) as asking:
> Can any of you pinpoint who introduced term
"Mad Robin" with
> it's current contra dance meaning, or when, or what dance they
> were describing?
and he replied
The name, and figure, almost certainly come from the
country dance Mad Robin (Playford 1687) as reconstructed by Cecil
Sharp in 1922. ...
Yes, I know that. In fact, in the paragraph previous to the
one Jonathan quoted, I wrote
... The term "Mad Robin"
entered the contra dance lexicon (for an action that only
vaguely resembles something from the English country dance
"Mad Robin") much later [than 1982]--perhaps in the late 1990's.
Perhaps "only vaguely resembles" was an overstatement and I should
have written something more like "(based on a not-quite identical
action in the English country dance ...)".
In any case, Jonathan's comment doesn't address my original
question: Just when did the phrase "Mad Robin" become part
of contemporary contra dance vocabulary, and who introduced
it, and in connection with what dance? It didn't happen all
that long ago, so it seems plausible that someone might have