The Alston hornpipe

Also known as Alston, The Lancaster & Manchester, The Lancaster And Manchester.

The Alston has been added to 16 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Alston
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|: c>B |A>c f2 f2 a>f | e>g b2 b2 g>a | b>g (3agf g>ef>a | g>ec>=B c>d (3cB_B |
A>c f2- f2 a>f | e>g B2- B2 d>B | A>fB>g A>a (3gfe | f2 F2 F2 :|
|: c>B |A>cf>c a>cf>A | d>BF>D B,2 d>c | =B>dg>d b>d (3gfd | e>cG>E C2 (3c=B_B |
A>cf>A f>F (3agf | e>gB>A B2 (3dcB | A>fB>g A>a (3gfe | f2 (3FFF F2 :|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Alston
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|: c>B |A>c f2- f2 a>f | e>g b2- b2 g>a | b>ga>f g>ef>a | g>e c2- c2 c>B |
A>c f2- f2 a>f | e>g B2- B2 d>B | A>FB>G A>FG>E | F2 f2 F2 :|
|: c>B |A>cf>c a>cf>A | d>BF>D B,2 d>c | =B>dg>d _b>dg>d | e>cG>E C2 c>B |
A>c f2- f2 a>f | e>g B2- B2 d>B | A>FB>G A>FG>E | F2 A2 F2 :|
ABC
X: 3
T: The Alston
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|: cB |Ac f2- f2 af | eg b2- b2 ga | bgaf gefa | ge c2- c2 cB |
Ac f2- f2 af | eg B2- B2 dB | AFBG AFGE | F2 f2 F2 :|
|: cB |Acfc acfA | dBFD B,2 dc | =Bdgd _bdgd | ecGE C2 cB |
Ac f2- f2 af | eg B2- B2 dB | AFBG AFGE | F2 A2 F2 :|
ABC
X: 4
T: The Alston
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: AG | FDFA d2 ef | gfed dcBA | G2 BG F2 AF | EFGA GFED |
FDFA d2 ef | gfed dcBA | fefg afdf | gedA d2 :|
: A | d2 fd c2 ec | BcdB BAGF | G2 BG F2 AF | EFGA GFED |
FDFA d2 ef | gfed dcBA | fefg afdf | gedA d2 :|
ABC
X: 5
T: The Alston
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: d>c |B>d g2- g2 b>g | f>a [c2c'2]- [c2c'2] [Aa]>[Bb] | [c3/c'3/]a/[B3/b3/]g/ [A3/a3/]f/[G3/g3/]b/ | a>f d2- d2 d>c |
B>d g2 g>b (3bag | f>a c2- c2 e>c | B>Gc>A B>GA>F | G2 g2 G2 :|
|: d>c |B>dg>d b>dg>B | e>cG>E [C2c2] e>d | ^c>ea>e =c>ea>e | f>dA>F D2 (3edc |
B>d g2- g2 b>g | f>a c2 c2 (3edc | (3BAG c>A B>G (3AGF | G2 g2 G2 :|
ABC

Thirteen comments

“The Alston Hornpipe” / “The Lancaster and Manchester Hornpipe” gives birth ~

"The Flowers Of Alston"
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on January 20th 2008 by ceolachan.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/8163

This is a lovely old hornpipe, fun to play…

“The Alston Hornpipe” / “The Lancaster and Manchester Hornpipe”

X: 2
T: The Alston Hornpipe
T: The Lancaster and Manchester Hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: Hornpipe
K: F Major
|: c>B |\
A>c f4 a>f | e>g b4 g>a | b>ga>f g>ef>a | g>e c4 c>B |
A>c f4 a>f | e>g B4 d>B | A>FB>G A>FG>E | F2 f2 F2 :|
|: c>B |\
A>cf>c a>cf>A | d>BF>D B,2 d>c | =B>dg>d _b>dg>d | e>cG>E C2 c>B |
A>c f4 a>f | e>g B4 d>B | A>FB>G A>FG>E | F2 A2 F2 :|

"Honeyman’s Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor",1898
by William C. Honeyman
Reprint: Dragonfly Music, 1988
(How I wish I still had my copy…on permanent loan somewhere!?)

page 49: Alston Hornpipe

"A Northern Lass: Traditional Dance Music of Noth-West England"
compiled and edited by JAmie Knowles
Dave Mallinson Publications, 1995
ISBN: 1-899512-16-0

page 42: Alston Hornpipe

“The Alston Hornpipe” / “The Lancaster and Manchester Hornpipe” - >

X: 2
T: The Alston Hornpipe
T: The Lancaster and Manchester Hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: Hornpipe
K: F Major
|: cB |\
Ac f4 af | eg b4 ga | bgaf gefa | ge c4 cB |
Ac f4 af | eg B4 dB | AFBG AFGE | F2 f2 F2 :|
|: cB |\
Acfc acfA | dBFD B,2 dc | =Bdgd _bdgd | ecGE C2 cB |
Ac f4 af | eg B4 dB | AFBG AFGE | F2 A2 F2 :|

The Fiddler’s Companion ~ Andrew Kuntz

http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/
http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/ALL_AMU.htm

English, Scottish; Hornpipe. F Major. Standard. AABB.
A clog dance. Alston is a town in Northumberland, a market center of the River South Tyne region, and, at 1,000 feet above sea level, is reputed to be the highest such marketplace in England. Graham Dixon (1995) says that in the 19th century Alston was an important center for the regional lead and coal mining.

Alston is now in Cumbria (Cumberland, before 1974 or so).

Its early history is a most fantastic wool-ball that I have yet to make sense of.

It rivals Buxton (Derbyshire) for being the highest proper town in England, but I gather Buxton pips it.

Hmmm, sounds like a place we should visit and hunt down the local pubs… ;-)

Alston

This is recorded by Phoenix on their CD "After THe Fire" on Firebid Records but played in Key of D

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Manchesters

I have this as Manchesters (Joshua Jackson Manuscripts, 1798) which is quite different. Anyone know this by another name?

X: 3
T: Manchesters
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Dmaj
|: AG | FDFA d2 ef | gfed dcBA | G2 BG F2 AF | EFGA GFED |
FDFA d2 ef | gfed dcBA | fefg afdf | gedA d2 :|
: A | d2 fd c2 ec | BcdB BAGF | G2 BG F2 AF | EFGA GFED |
FDFA d2 ef | gfed dcBA | fefg afdf | gedA d2 :|

Its not "Ricketts" (also called "The Manchester"), on here as:

http://www.thesession.org/tunes/272

(is that how you add a link to a comment?)

Link seems to have worked..

… so I’ll take that as a "yes".

“The Lancaster & Manchester”

Did you bother to check the alternate titles? :-/

“quite different” ~ ! ~ “The Liverpool Hornpipe”

Key signature: D Major
Submitted on March 11th 2003 by lazyhound.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1500

The transcription you’ve given as "The Manchester Hornpipe", as you’ve given above, is what I’d call a ‘different’ hornpipe altogether ~ "The Liverpool Hornpipe"… Maybe Joshua Jackson wasn’t so good with geography? ~ or didn’t like Liverpool? :-/

"(How I wish I still had my copy…on permanent loan somewhere!?)"

It is now back in print. Will be in shops soon and on eBay from 15th November.

Good news! I foolishly lent mine out and haven’t seen it since….