This dance seems to have a number of spellings; Geud Man of Ballangigh, Guidman of Ballangigh, Guid Man, Geudman, Good Man, Balangigh, Ballangeich, Ballingigh, Ballangee...
The music is in '32 bars' and you can think of the dance in two halves, with 'A' music and with 'B' music. For the 'A' music:
All these four casts are done in 16 bars. The music changes, you have the 'B' music, and:
Note there is a divergence here; the original description says that the man does the work. What you find more commonly done is that the man and the woman both set to each other. There is a modern trend to have more people in the set dancing more of the time.
In 'more formal' dances, such as Playford Balls, you may easily find people following the original description
If you are 'first couple' you will carry on being a 'first couple' even though you have moved down the set. Similarly if you were the 'second couple' you will carry on with this. All works nicely except for the people who have heached the top or bottom of the set, they have nobody there to dance with... They wait there, watch what is happening and join in the next time though.
If you had been a 'first couple' and reached the bottom of the set (and waited) you will continue as a 'second couple'.
Vice versa, the couple who had reached the top of the set (and waited) then starts as a 'first couple'. Means they have to be ready to dance down between the 'new' second couple and cast...
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