Dr. Dow

tunebook 1,801 tunes.

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SOME INFO ON NORTHUMBRIAN MUSIC

Northumberland has its own unique musical history and repertoire. It sounds different to both Scottish and English music, and some tunes that used to be played all over Britain and Ireland have survived only in Northumberland. My most recent craze is nine-fours - they’re really weird, but they’re great fun to play! They’re like slowed down slip jigs with elaborate embellishments on the basic melody, but they come out as a sort of pipe march with internal syncopations and an insistent sound achieved by well-placed staccato notes. The only nine-fours on this database at present are a pipes setting of "The Peacock Followed The Hen" in the comments section for that tune
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1145/comments#comment87300
a fiddle setting of "Jockey Lay Up In The Hay Loft", again in the comments section
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1470/comments#comment87328
some pipes settings of "Dorrington Lads"
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3426/comments
some pipes settings of "Mitford Galloway"
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1757/comments
and my favourite - some pipes settings of "Lairds Of Ryton" aka "Over The Border" http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5974/comments#comment220536

There are quite a few other Northumbrian/Borders tunes that have been submitted by enthusiasts at thesession.org, including some 3/2 hornpipes, which were (and still are) used for the double hornpipe dance. I use the term "Northumbrian/Borders" to mean the general area bordered by South Northumbria (i.e. what is now County Durham), Eastern Cumbria, and the area of the Scottish Lowlands close to the English border. For a lot of the tunes, it is unclear which side of the border they originated from, but it really doesn’t matter, since the distinction has been more political than cultural.

As with the Irish repertoire, to talk about "Northumbrian/Borders tunes" as if the tunes have a sort of "pure pedigree" is ridiculous, since in practice the tunes played in sessions there are from all over the place. Irish tunes get juxtaposed with local tunes in sets, a lot of the tunes are Scottish (there is a particular fondness for Shetland tunes), and there are also close links with Scandinavia. At school I remember we used to play quite a lot of tunes from Norway, Sweden and even Finland and the Faroe Islands, and we used to take the boat over to Norway as part of a musical/cultural exchange programme between twin towns. As is the case with the Irish tradition, some tunes have been brought back from Canada and the States and have been absorbed into the local repertoire. There is also a connection with France due to its relative proximity, and some people play stuff like bourees. The Nancy Kerr-James Fagan partnership has helped forge musical links with Australia too I think. The northeast is an interesting area for music, and the people there should be proud of the fact that, like traditional Irish and Scottish music, the musical culture has been robust enough to absorb outside influences like a sponge, whilst at the same time remaining capable of maintaining a conservative element that keeps the local music alive.

The exciting thing about the repertoire of this area - well, I think anyway - is that the local tunes appear in old manuscripts from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, and it’s often possible to date the tunes roughly by looking at which ones appear in which manuscripts. It’s also possible to trace how the tunes have developed over the centuries to the present day by comparing the different settings that appear in the manuscripts and on modern sound recordings, and how some tunes have been passed back and forth across the Scottish border and between Britain and Ireland. Go here to view some of the manuscripts: http://www.asaplive.com/Archive/browse_by_collection.asp. Matt Seattle http://www.thesession.org/members/14605 deserves credit for his commentary on this material.
I can spend hours browsing through these looking for exotic-sounding tunes. As I’m playing I like to think that if it were possible to travel back in time, I could be playing exactly the same tune with someone who looks like those people in the English period dramas on the telly.

Also have a look at the Northumbrian Minstrelsy, which is available online in abc and pdf format. The original file was compiled by piper Henry Ford http://www.thesession.org/members/11036, but recently updated and corrected by Robin Beech http://www.thesession.org/members/10054. Thanks to both of them for their work:

You can access a web listing of the tunes in alphabetical order here:
http://music.gordfisch.net/oregans/music/minstrelsy.php

The abc file can be downloaded here
http://music.gordfisch.net/oregans/assets/abc/minstrelsy.abc

The pdf file of all the tunes can be downloaded here
http://music.gordfisch.net/oregans/assets/pdf/minstrelsy.pdf

People say that English traditional music is dying out, but I reckon it’s just gone underground. People out there are still playing the tunes (and I don’t mean just morris tunes - I’m talking about tunes for snobs like me - like obscure hornpipes in ridiculous keys, and modal, ancient-sounding 3/2s, 9/4s and 6/4s), but the tradition has not been subjected to the pressures of commercialization as Irish music has. I think that soon the music’s going to grow into something bigger than it is at the moment thanks to the internet and the recent comeback made by the 3 local types of bagpipe: the Northumbrian smallpipes, the Border pipes and the Scottish smallpipes (for a description of these go here: http://www.nspipes.co.uk/nsp/ww11glos.htm). I hope it happens in my lifetime.

For the tunes that I’ve submitted here, I’ve tried as much as possible to research the history of each tune, and include abc transcriptions of some manuscript settings and sheetmusic from my own collection, and also transcriptions of sound recordings made by some well-known musicians. I hope that people can use it as a resource. There are some really good tunes in the Northumbrian repertoire which are fully compatible for use in a set of Irish tunes, and I’d like to pick out the best of them and provide easy web access to different versions in abc, so that people who can’t read dots can download the abc files and play them as midi files or whatever. I believe that if you want a tune, you should simply be able to google search it and get some transcriptions and as much historical info as you need at the click of a button. This website is ideal for that purpose because google seems to like it. If you’re a tune addict like me, you don’t want to have to faff around looking for tunes that should be just there for you to feed upon :-)

That said, I don’t claim to be an expert. All I’m doing is putting all the snippets of info into one place. I also have to admit to knowing nothing about dancing - I’ve only ever played the tunes, so I’m not very good with tune genres. If you spot a mistake, write and let me know. Here is a list of some of the tunes in my repertoire:

NORTHUMBRIAN/BORDERS TUNES

DOUBLE REELS (32-BAR) [notice they’re mostly modern compositions - influence of Irish music??]

Blaydon Flats [Abraham Mackintosh] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2741
East Winds [Alistair Anderson] (Emin) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5819
The Iron Bridge [Alistair Anderson] (Emin) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5824
The Shipley Reel [Alistair Anderson] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7908
Hedgehope Hill [Alistair Anderson] (Amaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5790
MacArthur Road [Dave Richardson] (Emaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2221
The Pearl Wedding [Willy Taylor] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1190
Tich’s [Willy Taylor] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1192
Shirley’s [Willy Taylor] (Amaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1188
Nancy Taylor’s [Willy Taylor] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5313
The Early Morning [Will Atkinson] (Cmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4199
The Corsair [Matt Seattle] (Dmin) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3841
The Tartar Frigate [Matt Seattle] (Ddor) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3839
Sunset On The Ouseburn [Matt Seattle] (Cmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/8299
The Hangover Poos [Ian Lowthian] (Amaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3151
Bigg Market Lasses [Chris Ormston] (Emin) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4682

SINGLE REELS (16-BAR) [notice they’re all trad, hmmm…]

Stagshaw Bank Fair (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1586
Stay A Wee Bit Bonny Lad (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1284
Chips And Shavings (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3392
Dear Tobacco (Ador) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3408
All Hands Upon Deck (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3419
The Black Cock O’ Whickham (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3466
We’ll All Away To Sunniside (Cmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3101
Dunse Dings A’ (Amix) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4237
The Oyster Wife’s Rant (Ador) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4495
Beeswing [Robert Lightfoot] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5635
Ha’d The Lass Till I Win At Her (Amix) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7214
Mrs Capron’s [Nancy Kerr] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/8486
The Randy Wife Of Greenlaw (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/11677

DOUBLE JIGS (32-BAR)

Felton Lonnen (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1241
Lamb Skinnet (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3602
The Fair Maid Of Whickham (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4807
Liberty For The Sailors (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5393
Shane’s Fancy (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5631
Bellingham Boat (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6609
The Lads Of Dunse (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/8256
Calliope House [Dave Richardson] (Emaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/15
Snowy Monday [Willy Taylor] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1222
Neil Taylor’s [Willy Taylor] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6987
Willy Taylor’s [Willy Taylor?] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6430
Billy’s [Will Atkinson] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4102
Pippa Sandford’s [Will Atkinson] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7141
Kate Elliot’s [Chris Ormston] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1847
Myra’s [Ian Lowthian] (Amaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4464
The Shipley Jig [Alistair Anderson] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7911
The Humours Of Spennymoor [Chuck Fleming] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7923
Thom’s March [Billy Pigg] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5245
The Tosson March [Billy Pigg] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/8521
Hareshaw Burn (Cmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/10868

48-BAR JIGS

Elsie Marley (Gmix) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1186
Random Notes [James Hill] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1254

OTHER JIGs/VARIATIONS/SIX-FOURS

Bill Charlton’s Fancy (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3669
Hoop Her And Gird Her (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4992
The Keelman Ower Land (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6185
Christine Taylor’s [Willy Taylor] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6775
Cheviot Blast [Ian Hardie] (Amix) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7903

QUICKSTEP MARCHES (COMPOUND DUPLE 6/8)

Bonny Woodside [Billy Pigg] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1853
93 Not Out [Will Atkinson] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4239
Kerry’s Welcome To The Dene [Willy Taylor] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4790
Alistair J. Sim [Willy Taylor] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6974

SINGLE JIGS (SOME OF THESE CAN WORK AS SLIDES OR FLINGS)

Cut The File (Ador) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1271
The Green Brechans O’ Branton (Bphr) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1217
Peacock’s Fancy (Emin) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4260
Joan’s [H. Clough] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/8551
Me Mother’s Jig [Robert Whinham] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3588
The Fiery Clock Face [Robert Nunn] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6728

SLIP JIGS

The Dorrington Lads (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3426
The Wedding O’ Blyth (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1384
A Mile To Ride (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4042
Jockey Lay Up In The Hay Loft (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1470
Four Bare Legs Together (Ador) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2703
Kiss Her Under The Coverlet (Ador) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3215
My Laddie Sits Ower Late Up (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4981
The Lairds Of Ryton (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5974
Shew Us The Way To Wallington (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7394
Polly Bishop’s [Nancy Kerr] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/9431
Allery Burn [Kathryn Tickell] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/10583

HORNPIPES (a lot of these, but never enough!)

The Idle Bairn (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2769
Miss Thompson’s (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2264
The Swalwell Lasses (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3798
The South Shields Lasses (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3811
Shields Fair (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4224
Ryhope Colliery (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7456
Deep Waters (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6365
Liddell’s, aka Billy Twist (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7497
The Shining Pool [Willy Taylor] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4593
The Glen Aln [Will Atkinson] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4072
The Redeside [Will Atkinson] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5606
Rowley Burn [Forster Charlton] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4106
The Foxglove [Archie Dagg] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7188
The New High Level [Robert Whinham] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4018
Hindley Steel [Robert Whinham] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7027
Remember Me [Robert Whinham] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7019
David’s [Robert Whinham] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7016
De’ils In The Fish [Robert Whinham] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7058
Alston Flower Show [Robert Whinham?] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2755
The Biddlestone [Billy Pigg] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6339
The Willow Tree [Tom Clough] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/10306
The Burn Deviot [George Hepple] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6344
The Shipley Hornpipe [Alistair Anderson] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7906
Shipley’s [Robert Lightfoot] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7912
The Carter Bar [Jimmy Nagle] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6453
The Summerhill [Robin Dunn] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6851
The Newcastle [James Hill] (Bbmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/684
The Wonder [James Hill] (Bbmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/337
The Champion [James Hill] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2031
The Beeswing [James Hill] (Bbmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/945
The Hawk [James Hill] (Emaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3146
The High Level [James Hill] (Bbmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2261
The Redesdale, aka The Underhand [James Hill] (Bbmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3545
The Navvie [James Hill] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4376
The Locomotive [James Hill] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5382
The Quayside [James Hill] (Amaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2740
The Cage [James Hill] (Amaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4685
The Pear Tree [James Hill] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5754
Fisher Lads, aka Jenny Lind [James Hill] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6211
The Barber’s Pole [James Hill] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6830
The Marquis Of Waterford [James Hill] (Bbmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6832
The Great Exhibition [James Hill] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7023
The Bottle Bank [James Hill] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7429
The Cliff [James Hill] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/412
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2441
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1824
Charles Attwood [James Hill] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/9429
Hill’s Fancy [James Hill?] (Bbmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7765
The Gipsy’s [James Hill?] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6296
When The Tide Comes In, aka Factory Smoke [James Hill?] (Gmin/Emin) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1985
The Golden Eagle [James Hill?] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/974
The Rights Of Man [James Hill?] (Emin) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/83

NB: I have serious doubts that James Hill was the author of "The Rights Of Man", which I don’t think sounds like his style of composition at all. In fact I think it sounds rather like a parody of his style, with all those descending triplets. It is known to have been in Hill’s repertoire though. There’s not much evidence to suggest that either tune was written by Hill, only maybe an attribution in a single manuscript, but bear in mind that people just assumed he wrote the tunes because he was so prolific. Musicologists have ascertained that a few of the tunes that were previously thought to have been written by Hill, like "The Stoney Steps Hornpipe" and "Blaydon Flats", were not actually his compositions. There are probably more examples like this which might be uncovered in the future.

I could be persuaded that James Hill wrote the Golden Eagle, though. Those arpeggios are a hallmark of his style, and in fact, the first two bars are almost identical to a tune of his called Proudlock’s Fancy. He often reused "riffs", and the same patterns keep appearing throughout his body of work, sometimes note for note.

STRATHSPEYS

The Earl Grey [James Hill] (Amaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4678

FLINGS

The Keel Row (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3637
Bob Thompson’s (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5633

BARNDANCE SCHOTTISCHES (apparently pronounced "SHOT-ish")

Farewell To The Dene [Willy Taylor] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3249
The Old Drove Road [Billy Pigg] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/8286
Will Atkinson’s [Will Atkinson?] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/10461
Linhope Loup (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/9318

BALLROOM POLKAS (2/4 or 2/2 if you like)

Willy Taylor’s Polka [Willy Taylor] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3470
The Hawk Polka [James Hill] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4649

THREE-TWOS

The Lads Of Alnwick (Amaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1194
Go To Berwick, Johnny (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1211
The Sunderland Lasses (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2796
The Sunderland Hornpipe (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4135
Lang Stayed Away (Amin) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3024
Dance To Your Daddy (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7365
Little Fishie (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1259
All The Night I Lay With Jockey (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4124
The Rusty Gulley (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1208
The Broken-legged Chicken (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6878
Dog Leap Stairs [Alistair Anderson] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1240
Wideopen Lasses [Chris Ormston] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4227

SLIP REELS

The Flaming Drones [Nancy Kerr] (Amaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7201

RANTS/REELS SUITABLE FOR RANTING
(See comments section of "Jock Wilson O’ Fenton" for details of tempo and rhythm)

The Morpeth Rant (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1310
The Old Morpeth Rant (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7198
The West End [James Hill] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7554
Jock Wilson O’ Fenton [Bryce Anderson] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3360
The Cheviot Rant [George T. Mitchell?] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3364
Mr. Kennedy North [Tom Clough] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7405
The Great North Run ‘86 [Robert Whitehead] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2891
Sir Bobby Robson’s Rant [Chris Ormston] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6285
The Shincliffe Reel [Nicholas off the session] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/8082
The Dinnington Rant (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3373
The Hesleyside Reel (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3551
Come Dance And Sing (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3562

MARCHES (SIMPLE DUPLE 2/2 or 2/4) + THOSE SUITABLE FOR RANTING, AKA THE DAG CORNER
(Like polkas taken at a brisk walking pace)

Salmon Tails Up The Water (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2903
Nancy Clough’s [Tom Clough] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3471
The Herd On The Hill [Tom Clough] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6175
The Spirit Of The Border [Tom Clough] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7115
Whinham’s Reel [Robert Whinham] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3514
Mr. Sharp’s Quadrille [Robert Lightfoot] (Amaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5641
The Whinshields Hornpipe [J.L. Dunk] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6351
Joe Hutton’s March [Archie Dagg] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/8513
Coquetside (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7695
Sir Sydney Smith’s March (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5732
Holmes’ Fancy (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7848

4/4 MARCHES

The Cambo (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6389

WALTZES

Elsey’s [Archie Dagg] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6552
The Warksburn [Robert Whinham?] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6800
Brafferton Village [Kathryn Tickell] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3987
Roly Gentle [Kathryn Tickell] (Ddor) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4037
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/10467

MAZURKAS

The Cambo (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3692

AIRS

Whittingham Green Lane (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6378
Derwentwater’s Farewell (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5309
Noble Squire Dacre (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6181
Sir John Fenwick’s The Flower Amang Them A’ (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6315
Bonny At Morn (Emin) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6388
The Water Of Tyne (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6792
Here’s The Tender Coming (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/8309
Rothbury Hills [Jack Armstrong] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6484
Swindon [Archie Dagg] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7255
Lament For Ian Dickson [Anthony Robb] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6558
The Road To The North [Alistair Anderson] (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6889
Blackhall Rocks [Ged Foley] (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6423

BORDERS TUNES THAT HAVE A DIFFERENT NAME DEPENDING WHAT SIDE OF THE BORDER YOU’RE ON

Newcastle Bridge [Abraham Mackintosh] (Amaj) (Double Jig; "Colonel Ridley’s Quickstep" [Sc.]) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3406
Jamie Allen (Gmaj) (Dmaj; "The Reel of Tullochgorum" [Sc.]) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6354

BORDERS EXPORT TUNES THAT ADOPTED A DIFFERENT NAME/STYLE/SETTING UPON ENTERING OTHER TRADITIONS

The South Shore [James Hill?] (Dmaj) (Double Reel/Hornpipe; "The Scholar" [Ir.]) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1752
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/94
Miss Brandling Of Gosforth’s [Abraham Mackintosh] (Amaj) (Single Reel; "Colonel Rodney’s" [Ir.]) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3212
Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself [Abraham Mackintosh] (Dmaj) (Double Jig; "When Sick Is It Tea You Want?" [Ir.]) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/427
The Cooper O’ Stannerton Heugh (Gmaj) (Double Jig; "The Mist On The Meadows" [Ir.]) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4656
The Peacock Followed The Hen (Ador) (Slip Jig; "Brose And Butter" [Sc.]) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1145
The Omnibus [James Hill] (Gmaj) (Hornpipe; "The Stage" [Ir.])
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2019
(See also Kielder Jock’s http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1249)
The Steamboat [James Hill?] (Gmaj) (Hornpipe; "The Good-natured Man" [Ir.]) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/312
Andrew Carr (Dmaj/Gmaj) (Slip Jig; "Andrew Kerr" [Sc.], "The Tipperary Hills" [Ir.]) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3244
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1714
Durham Rangers (Dmaj) (Double Reel/Rant [Borders], Barndance/German Schottische [Ir. Co.Donegal]) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3376
Roxburgh Castle (Amaj) (Sailor’s Hornpipe/Double Reel/Hornpipe; "McCarthy’s Hornpipe" [Ir.], "Blanchard’s Hornpipe" [Amer.]) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4628

UNIQUE NORTHUMBRIAN SETTINGS OF TUNES THAT HAVE THEIR ANCESTRAL ROOTS ELSEWHERE

The Morpeth Lasses (Amin) (Scottish Single Reel; "Marry Me Now") http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1501
The Holey Ha’penny (Gmaj) (Irish? Jig; "The Kilfenora" [Ir.], "The Chorus Jig" [Sc.])
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1521
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/949
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5314
Lewis Proudlock’s (Gmaj) (English Morris Tune; "General Monk’s March") http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2734
Mitford Galloway (Gmaj) (Scottish Slip Jig; "Rattlin’ Roarin’ Willie") http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1757
Border Fray (Gmaj) (Scottish Strathspey/March; "Stumpie" [Sc.], "Buttered Peas" [En.]) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3526
Because He Was A Bonny Lad (Gmaj) (Scottish Strathspey/Reel/March) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3748
Cuckold Come Out Of The Amrey (Ador) (Scottish Strathspey; "Struan Robertson’s Rant") http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7116
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4043
The Breamish (Dmaj) (Shetland Waltz; "The Starry Nights Of Shetland") http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7357
Ward’s Brae (Gmaj) (Scottish March; "Scotland Is My Ain Hame") http://www.thesession.org/tunes/10581

TUNES IMPORTED FROM ELSEWHERE THAT ADOPTED A DIFFERENT NAME UPON ENTERING THE NORTHUMBRIAN TRADITION

The Blanchland Races (Amaj) (Scottish Double Reel; "Timour The Tartar" [Sc.], "Peter Street" [Ir.]) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1171
Newburn Lads / The Braw Lads Of Jedburgh (Glyd) (Scottish Double Reel; "The Bob Of Fettercairn") http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5873
Drive Hawkie Through The Water (Cmaj) (Scottish Strathspey; "Lord Elphinston") http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3478
Little Wot Ye Wha’s Coming (Dmaj) (Scottish Single Reel; "Tail Toddle") http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1484
Small Coals An’ Little Money (Ador/Bdor) (Scottish Single Reel; "Sleepy Maggie") http://www.thesession.org/tunes/787
The Hexham Races (Gmaj) (Scottish Double Jig; "Kenmure’s Up And Awa’" [Sc.], "I Will If I Can" [Ir.]) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1248
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1595
The Hexham Quadrille (Gmaj) (Scottish Double Jig; "I’ll Get Wedded In My Auld Claes") http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2179
The Lass And The Money Is All My Own (Gmaj) (Scottish Double Jig; "Port Patrick") http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1201
The Roman Wall (Gmaj) (Irish? Double Jig; "The Eavesdropper" [Ir.]) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4802
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/389
The Durham Reel (Amaj) (Scottish 6/8 March; "The Hundred Pipers") http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1232
Polly The Lass (Dmaj) (Scottish Slip Jig; "Dolly’s The Girl For Me", "The Sailor Lassie") http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7861
The Lads Of North Tyne (Dmaj) (Irish Hornpipe; "The Boys Of Bluehill") http://www.thesession.org/tunes/651
Silver Street Lasses (Ador) (Scottish Reel/Hornpipe; "Loch Leven Caste" [Sc.], "Tomgraney Castle" [Ir.]) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1927
Bob And Joan (Ador) (Scottish Three-two; "Bobbin’ John") http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3663

TUNES IMPORTED FROM NORTH AMERICA THAT HAVE BECOME ESTABLISHED IN THE TRADITION

President Garfield’s Hornpipe [Harry Carleton] (Bbmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/419
Wade Hampton’s Hornpipe [Frank Livingstone] (Bbmaj/Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/7526
The Lemonville Jig (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3323
The Mouth Of The Tobique (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/423
La Grande Chaine (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3489

I also love to compose tunes, and there are some of my compositions and arrangements on the thesession.org database. I have finally got round to digging them all out and writing a list. Here they are, listed in the order in which they were written for each genre:

SOME OF MY OWN COMPOSITIONS

REELS

Routin’ Linn (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3073
Robinson’s (Amix) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3260
Banana Feet (Dmix) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1228
The Quay Pit (Bmin) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1280
Two Steps Up (F#phr) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1537
Major Konstant’s (Glyd) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1546
Triton’s Trident (F#loc) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1558
The Overtone (Amixb6/Glydb7?) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1803
Colleen’s Delight (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1738
The Sea Of Clouds (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2110
Weep Not For What You Lost (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2710
A Fish Out Of Water (Emix) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3855
Moving The Goalposts (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2808
The Fly On The Wall (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/11535
Bad Boy, No Biscuit (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2875
The Fork In The Road (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4436
Pity Me (Amaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4378

JIGS

The Black Squirrels Of Letchworth (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4650
The Lobster In The Shack (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1488
The Duple Triple (A melodic minor) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3220
The Dance Of Ganesh (Amixb6) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3729
Fagan’s Workshop (Emix) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2627
Smell The Rain (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1697
The Modal Anorak (Spanish Gypsy/Javanese) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4442
Over The Drumlins (Ddor) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1923
Frog Rock (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2090
A Good Night’s Sleep (Bmix) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5328
The Imp In The Quarry (Ddor) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4075
The Cat In The Cupboard (Cmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3445

SLIP JIGS

The Hostile Winds Of Controversy (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3136

HORNPIPES

Roddam Dene (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4109
The Peacocks At Clennell Hall (Fmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4163
Hawick Playground (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/8477

FLINGS

The One Night Fling (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/3538

SOME OF MY OWN ARRANGEMENTS

REELS

Peter O’Leary’s (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5646
Tune The Flute (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6000
Joanie’s (Dmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6053

SLIP JIGS

Bach’s Frolics (Gmaj) http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6908

OTHER NEW COMPOSITIONS FROM FELLOW ENTHUSIASTS @ THESESSION.ORG

Check out the compositions of Nicholas from Durham, who has a list in his profile here: http://www.thesession.org/members/27102.

TRANSCRIPTIONS OF MY OWN VERSIONS OF SOME REALLY ANCIENT OBSCURE TUNES WHICH I DON’T PLAY IN SESSIONS

X: 1
T: Curds And Whey
M: 6/4
L: 1/8
R: Six-four
S: Henry Atkinson MS (1694-5)
Z: Dow
K: Gdor
|:B2G2g2 d2efg2|f2efg2 f2d2c2|B2G2g2 d2efg2|f2d2B2 ~c4d2:|
|:g2d2d2 f2c2c2|d2B2B2 ~f4d2|g2d2d2 f2c2f2|d2c2B2 ~c4d2:|
|:B2G2B2 d2BcdB|dcBcdB dcBcdc|B2G2B2 d2BcdB|f2d2B2 ~c4d2:|
|:g2d2d2 f2c2c2|d2B2B2 ~f4d2|g2d2d2 f2c2f2|d2c2B2 ~c4d2:|

X: 2
T: Cheshire Round
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
R: Three-two
S: Sandra Kerr, Canberra National Folk Festival workshop 2000
Z: Dow
K: Dmaj
|:d4 c4 B4|B2e2- e2B2 cdec|d4 c4 B4|A2d2- d2B2 cdec:|
|:d2a2- a2c2 B4|B2g2- g2B2 cdec|d2a2 c2a2 BcdB|A2d2- d2B2 cdec:|
|:defd cdec B4|B2g2- g2B2 cdec|d2a2- a2c2 BcdB|A2d2- d2B2 cdec:|

X: 3
T: Cheshire Round
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
R: Three-two
S: Henry Atkinson MS (1694-5)
Z: Dow
K: Dmaj
|:d2cB ABAF ~E4|c2e2- e2B2 c2BA|d2cB ABAF ~E4|D2d2- d2F2 ~E2D2:|
|:d2f2 c2e2 B2c2|A2e2- e2B2 c2BA|d2f2 c2e2 B2c2|A2d2- d2F2 ~E2D2:|
|:EDCB, A,B,CD ~E4|E2A2- A2E2 F2ED|EDCB, A,B,CD ~E4|D2d2- d2F2 ~E2D2:|

X: 4
T: The Farther Be In The Welcomer
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: Scots Measure
S: Henry Atkinson MS (1694-5)
Z: Dow
K: Ddor
|:(3DEF|D3A BAFA|c2C2 C2 (3DEF|D3A BAFA|GFED d2cB|
ABcd efde|c2C2 C2FE|DEFG ABGA|^F2D2 D2:|
|:Bc|d2D2 A2DB|c2C2 C2Bc|d2D2 A2D2|d2D2 A2D2|
d2D2 A2DB|c2C2 C2FE|DEFG ABGA|^F2D2 D2FE|
D2a2 fgaf|ec~c2 ecge|defd efge|afge fddc|
ABcd efde|c2C2 C2FE|DEFG ABGA|^F2D2 D2:|

X: 5
T: I Was Young And Lusty When I Kent Ye
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
R: Three-two
S: Henry Atkinson MS (1694-5); William Dixon MS (1733)
Z: Dow
K: Bblyd/Gdor
|:d2ef gfed f2B2|d2g2 fdcB ~f4|d2ef gfed f2B2|c2g2 ~c4 ~f4:|
|:d3B G2B2 f2B2|d3B G2B2 ~f4|d3B G2B2 f2B2|c2g2 ~c4 ~f4:|
|:defd efge defd|BcdB defd ~f4|defd efge defd|c2g2 ~c4 ~f4:|
|:d2G2 f2B2 g2B2|fdcd fdcB ~f4|d2G2 f2B2 g2B2|c2g2 ~c4 ~f4:|

SCRAPBOOK

X: 1
T: Mrs Crehan
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
~G2dG eGdG|~G2dG AcBA|~G2dG eGdG|DEGA cedb:|DEGA cege|:
d2(3Bcd Gd(3Bcd|Gd(3Bcd e~A3|d2(3Bcd Gd(3Bcd|ecAc B~G3|
d2(3Bcd ~G2BG|~G2BG A~E3|GABc dedc|BdAc B~G3|

X: 1
T: Whelan’s Sow
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmaj
FAF ~E3|F2D D2E|FAF EFE|DFA dAG|
(3FGA F EDE|F2D DFA|B2d A2d|F2A AFD:|
|:FAd ded|ABF AFD|DFA ~d3|B (3Bcd ecA|
Aff d2e|fdf ecA|B2d A2d|F2A AFD:|

X: 1
T: Tamlin
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmin
_z8 | _z4 _z2 DE |: FD EC DF ED | (3B,B,B, DB, FB, DB, | (3CCC EC GC EC | FE DA, CD DD/E/ | \
(3FED EC DF ED | (3B,B,B, DB, FB, DB, | (3CCC EC GC EC |1 FA GE FD DE :|2 FA GE FD D_d | \
|: dA (3AAA FD ED | dA (3AAA FD ED | cG (3GGG cG cd | ed eg fe d_d | dA (3AAA FD ED | \
dA (3AAA FD EA, | B,A, B,C DC DE |1 (3FED GE FD D_d :|2 (3FED GE FD DD |: fd (3ddd AG FE | \
DE FG AB cd | ec (3ccc ec gc | ec (3ccc ag fe | fd (3ddd Ad fa | fd AG FE DA, | B,A, B,C DC DE | \
|1 (3FED GE FD De :|2 (3FED GE FD DE | (3FED GE FD DE | D,D, C,D, z4 | \

K: Edor
EF|G2FG EG (3FED|B,CEC GCEC|D2FD ADFA|GEED ~E3F|
G2FG EG (3FED|B,CEC GCEC|D2FD ADFD|1 GBAF GEEF:|2 GBAF GEGB||
|:eB~B2 GBFB|EBFB GABc|dA~A2 ~d3e|fd (3fga gfed|
eB~B2 GBFB|EBFB GFEB,|CB,CD EDEF|1 GBAF GEGB:|2 GB (3AGF GBef||
|:ge~e2 BAGF|EFGA Bcde|fd~d2 fdad|fdfa bagf|
~g3a bagf|gfed BGEB,|CB,CD EDEF|1 GB (3AGF GBef:|2 GBAF GEEF||

X: 1
T: John Kelly’s Concertina
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
D |:G3F GABG |AGEG GABd |(3ddd gd edBd|(3ddd ed {e}dBAE |
G3F GABG |AGEG GABd|(3ddd gd edBG |1A2 G2 GEDE:|2A2 G2 GABd||
e3e edBd |d3d dBAB| c2ec B2dB |BAAG AGEG|
G3F GABG |AGEG GABd|(3ddd gd edBG|A2 G2 GABd:|

John Kelly’s Concertina

Lovely simple reel. I first heard it played by Paddy Glackin. But i don’t know anything about the tune’s story.

# Posted on May 2nd 2007 by Washoo

X: 1
T: Marcus Hernon’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
EAGB A3G|EGDG EGDG|EAAG A2(3Bcd|egag gedB:||\
eagb a2ba|gede gedg|eaab a2ga|b2ga baag|\
eagb a2ba|gedB dega|b2ba gaag|(3efg dg egag||

Submitted on May 8th 2007 by Exa.

X: 1
T: Dan Mac’s
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
|:DF AF/2A/2|dcBc|EF GF/2G/2|BAF2 |
DF AF/2A/2|dc Bc|EF G/2B/2A/2F/2|DF Dz:|
|:fA fA|fA f2|eB eB| B/2c/2d e2 |
fA fA|fA f2|eB B/2c/2d|ed dz:|

Submitted on May 8th 2007 by gaitazampogna_32.

X: 1
T: Rainy Day, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
S: The Bothy Band
K: A Dorian
EAAG ~A3G|(3Bcd ed gedc|BGGF G2dG|~G2dG eGdG|
EAAG ~A3G|BA~A2 (3Bcd ef|~g3e dBGA|1 B2dB A3G:|2 B2dB A3d||
|:eaag ~a3g|ba~a2 bgag|eggf ~g3a|bg~g2 bgag|
ea~a2 aged|(3Bcd ef g2ag|eaag egdG|1 B2dB A3d:|2 B2dB A3G||

X: 1
T: Gan Ainm
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amin
E2~A2 cED2|E2cd BABd|e2de GAc2|dBed BAAG|
~E3A cED2|E2cd BABd|e2de GAce|dBed BAA2||
geed cdE2|c2d2 gedc|eAcG EDD2|E2cd BABd|
geed cdE2|c2d2 gedc|e2de ceBe|cBed BAAG||

First time through, bar 7 of the B-part is |e2de A2GA|

http://www.thesession.org/discussions/4239

X: 1
T: Gan Ainm
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
AG | FD (3DDD FDAF | EA, (3A,A,A, EA,(3A,A,A, | FD (3DDD FDFA | (3Bcd ec d2 :|| (3ABc | d2 eg fd (3ddd | ec (3ccc dcBA |1 d2 eg fd (3ddd | ec (3ccc d2 :|2 ~a2 af gfeg | (3fgf ec dB |

T: The Broken Bridge
L: 1/8
M: 4/4
R: Reel
K: D
FD (3DDD FD (3DDD | EA, (3A,A,A, EA, (3A,A,A, | FD (3DDD FAdA |1 (3Bcd ec dBAG :|2 (3Bcd ec d2 || de | fdeg fded | cA (3Bcd cAFA | d2 (3efg fafd | egec d2 (3ABc | d2 eg fafd | egec dcBA | a^gaf gfed | (3f^ga ec dBAG ||

X: 1
T: Rattlin’, Roarin’ Willie
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: Dmix
|: B | AFD DED F>AB | cBc EcE G2 B | AFD DF/E/D F>A^c | d^cd FDF A2 B/c/ |
dcB AFD F>AB | cBc EcE G2 E | D2 d F2 D F>Ad | FD/E/F EcE D2 :|
|: B | AFD dFD A>FD | EcE GcE G2 B | AFD dFD F>A^c | d^cd FD/E/F A2 B/c/ |
dcB AFD F>AB | cBc EcE G2 E | D2 d F2 D F>Ad | FDF EcE D2 :|
K: Gmix
|: d | B2 G GAG B2 e | fcA F2 A c2 e | B2 G GAG B2 ^f | g2 G G2 B d2 ^f |
g^fe dBG B/c/de | f2 c A2 F c2 e | dB/c/d e2 d Bd/e/^f | gGB AFA G2 :|
|: e | d2 G gBG dBG | AFA fAF c2 e | d2 G gBG dBG | gfe dBG dd/e/^f |
g^fe dB/A/G B/c/de | fef A2 B c2 e | dBG e2 d e<gd | B2 B AF/G/A G2 :|

"Rattlin’, Roarin’ Willy(ie)" ~ played in D, G & A Mixolydian

Yes, I know, so hold off Dow, slainte and the rest of ye buzzards… This carcase is a fresh kill…both barrells, in two keys… 8-)

I will be adding more, a bit of history and links to relatives, as well as a slew of alternate names. However, I am expecting, or hoping, that someone Northumbrian way, or Dow, will do justice to another relative in 9/4… It deserves that consideration don’t yuh think?

# Posted on October 7th 2007 by ceolachan
D Mixolydian, take 1 ~ Discussion: What One Octave Tunes in D exist?

# Posted on September 19th 2007 by Sarah the Flute
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/15202

# Posted on October 7th 2007 by ceolachan
Lyrics

O rattlin’, roarin’ Willie O he held tae the fair
For tae sell his fiddle and buy some other ware,
But partin’ with his fiddle a salt tear blin’t his eye.
Rattlin’, roarin’ Willie you’re welcome home tae me.

O, Willie come sell your fiddle, O sell your fiddle sae fine.
Willie come sell your fiddle and buy a pint o’ wine.
“If I should sell my fiddle the world would think I was mad
For many a rantin’ day my fiddle and I hae had.”

As I came by Crochallan, I cannily keekit ben,
Rattlin’, roarin’ Willie was sitting at yon board en’.
Sitting at yon board-en’ amang guid company.
Rattlin’ roarin’ Willie ye’re welcome home tae me.

I believe the first verse/ chorus are traditional, then Robbie Burns added the last verse.

# Posted on October 8th 2007 by treecipitation

X: 1
T: Malynn’s Fancy
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
fd~d2 eB~B2|d2Ad faag|fd~d2 ABdB|AFdF ~E2D2|
d3f eB~B2|dfeg faag|f2dB ABcB|AFDF ~E2D2|
~a3b afdf|afdf afdf|a3b afdf|gfed B^cdf|
a3b afdf|abaf gfga|(3bag(3agf gfef|g2fa gbag|

Malynn’s Fancy

From the new Patrick Street CD On the Fly - the notes say it was first recorded by Packie Dolan

# Posted on December 7th 2007 by airport


Bold Doherty



This is the jig version of the song recorded by Dervish, amongst others (for a clip, go here http://www.mp3sale.ru/track.php?ms_trackid=118032). There’s a similar tune here already which is probably based on the same song, but there are significant differences in the B-part to warrant a separate posting, I think http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2680. The version I’ve posted is based on the setting on Angelina Carberry’s "An Traidisiun Beo".

Here’s the version I recorded at a session when I first heard the tune a few years ago, before I heard Angelina Carberry’s recording:

X: 1
T: Bold Doherty
S: Session recording, Durty Nelly’s, Sydney NSW
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Emin
EFG ~A3|B2E GAB|c2B BAG|AGE E2B|
EFG~A3|G2E GAB|cBA BAG|AGE E2B|
EFG ~A3|~B3 BAB|~c3 BAG|AGD E2B|
EFG~A3|G2E GAB|cBA BAG|AGE E2A||
B2e ede|dBA AGD|B2e ede|dBA AGD|
B2e ede|dBA AGA|cBA BAG|AGE E2A|
B2e ede|dBA AGD|B2e ede|dBA AGd|
~g3 gfe|dBA GAB|cBA BAG|AGD E2B||

Other versions I’ve found online are below (edited a bit by me for easy comparison):

X: 1
T: Bold Doherty
S: Session tape, Doolin 1987
D: Josephine Marsh "Bold Doherty"
N: Josephine Marsh said: "I heard this well-known folk song played as a
N: jig at the Willie Clancy festival and liked the eery feeling it created."
Z: Bernie Stocks
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
F: http://www.trad-music.com/retreat-jigs2.abc
K: Emin
EFG ABc|B2E FGA|cBA BdB|AGE E2B|
EFG A2A|BEF GAB|cBA BdB|AGE E3:|
Bee edB|dBA GAe|Bee edB|dBA A3|
Bee edB|dBA GAe|cBA BdB|AGE E3|
Bee edB|dBA GAe|Bee edB|dBA A3|
G2g dee|dBA GAc|cBA BdB|AGE E3||

X: 1
T: Bold Doherty
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R:jig
F:http://www.irishtradmusic.org/100jigsreels.ABC
K: Emin
EFG ABc|B2E GAB|c2A BcB|AGE EB,E|
EFG ABc|B2E GAB|c2A BcB|1 AGE E2B:|2 AGE E2A||
B2e edB|dBG ABc|B2e edB|dBA A2A|
B2e edB|dBA GAB|c2A BcB|AGE E2A|
B2e edB|dBG ABc|B2e edB|dBA A2A|
G2g gfe|dBA GAB|c2A BcB|AGE E2B||

X: 1
T: Duke Gordon
D: Seamus Ennis - 40 Years of Irish Piping
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
AD~D2 ADBD|AD~D2 AG (3FGA|BE~E2 BEcE|BE~E2 BAFA|
dcdf ecdA|~A2FA D2 (3ABc|dBcA BFAF|EFGA BcdB|
AD~D2 ADBD|AD~D2 AG (3FGA|BE~E2 cE~E2|dE~E2 BAFA|
dgfd ecdA|~A2FA D2 (3ABc|dBcA BFAF|EFGA Bcdg||
fadg fadg|(3fgf dg faaf|g2ef ~g3e|dfed BAFA|
dgfd ecdB|AF~F2 ABdg|(3fga ec dBAF|EFGA Bcdz|
a2fd adfd|adfd faaf|g2ef ~g3a|~b3a bgeg|
bgBc ~d3z|fedB ABdg|fdec dBAF|EFGA BcdB||

X: 1
T: Old Woman Tossed Up In A Blanket, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|: D | GBA ABd | edB A2 D | G/A/BA B2 A | AFD G2 D |
GBA AB/c/d | edB AF/E/D | GBA B2 G |[1 AGG G2 :|[2 AGG GB/c/d ||
|: e2 g edg | edg e2 B | dBe dBg | dBG A2 d |
gg/f/e fd/d/d | edB A2 D | G/A/BA B2 A |[1 AG/G/G GB/c/d :|[2 AFD G2 |]


"The Old Woman Tossed Up in a Blanket" ~ O’Neill, 1903

X: 2
T: Old Woman Tossed Up in a Blanket, The
T: Sweeping the Cobwebs Out of the Sky
B: "O’Neill’s Music Of Ireland, Chicago", 1903 - page 144, tune #771
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: AMaj
|: E |\
AcB Bce | fec {c}B2 A | AcB c2 B | cAF ~F2 E |
AcB Bce | fec {c}B2 A | AcB c2 B | cAA A2 :|
|: e |\
{g}fea {g}fea | {g}fea fec | ecf ecf | ecA B2 e |
(af).f (ge).e | (fe).c B2 A | AcB c2 B | cAA A2 :|


# Posted on April 24th 2012 by ceolachan

"Sweeping the Cobwebs Out of the Sky"

Playing through and with someone’s recent submitted compositions, "Jakob’s Frolics", a first submission by sineadhayes -

http://www.thesession.org/tunes/11904/comments

I was reminded of this one, and discovered it wasn’t already here, or at least I haven’t found it yet. Also, it’s one of those cans of worms I love to drop and watch them all squirm away. Why? Well, there are a LOT of versions of this little number and I’m hoping you lot will share yours with us. Also, it’s another one that went round the globe, played in all kinds of places, and I have versions from some of those. I’ll hold back, as I’d rather see the likes of Doc Dow and others submit their take on this. It is also popularly used for Morris dancing, where again there are quite a few different takes on it, melody wise and as far as parts and repeats…


# Posted on April 24th 2012 by ceolachan


Like other such travelling melodies, it has also picked up various lyrics too, but, again, I’ll leave that for someone else…


# Posted on April 24th 2012 by ceolachan


Ceol - you’ve got me totally puzzled here!

The tune that you have posted sounds like Sullivan’s March - or at least it does, to my ear …

Certainly, there is a tune called "Old Woman Tossed Up in A Blanket" which occurs in lots of Cotswold Morris traditions:

- Bledington
- Brackley
- Bucknell
- Chipping Camden
- Field Town
- Headington
- Ilmington
- Kirtlington
- Longborough
- Sherborne

… but I don’t think any of them are similar to your tune.

# Posted on April 24th 2012 by Mix O’Lydian

Correction

I said above: "Sullivan’s March"

I meant of course: "O’Sullivan’s March"

# Posted on April 24th 2012 by Mix O’Lydian


The words are also sung to Lillibulero.

# Posted on April 24th 2012 by Weejie

Sweeping cobwebs

Sullivan’s march is a version of the same tune (or vice versa).

Sweeping cobwebs was sung by Seámus Ennis, Liam Og recorded it on his ‘Fine art of piping’

A quick scribble from memory:

T:Sweeping cobwebs out of the sky
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:jig
K:G
GBA ABd|edB A2 G|GBA B2 A|BGG GED|
GBA ABd|edB A2 G|GBA B2 A|BGG G2:||
d|edg edg|edg edB|dBe dBe|dBG ABd|
gee fdd|edB A2 G|GBA B2 A|BGG G2:||






# Posted on April 24th 2012 by Prof. Prlwytzkofski

X: 1
T: Jackson’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
FAAB AFDF|BAFA GECE|FDAd BdAF|EDCD EFGB|
A3B AFDF|~B3A GECE|(3FED FA (3Bcd cA|GFED CEA,G||
FD~D2 FDGE|FDA,D GECE|FD~D2 FDGF|EDCD EFGE|
D3D FDGE|FDAF GE~E2|~F3E DFAF|EDCD EFGA||
|:df~f2 dfec|dcdB AFDF|Ac~c2 ecAd|(3BdB GB AFDc|
df~f2 dfec|dBcB AFDF|Acef (3gfe cd|eddc dcBA||