After searching the web for quite a while I discovered many links to an abc file containing all the tunes in the Nothumbrian Minstrelsy. All of these links were broken and I couldn’t seem to find this mythical file anywhere. On a whim I searched on JC’s abc tunefinder for a couple of the tunes listed in the Minstrelsy. Lo and behold, there they were and tracing the url back I found what seemed to be the abc file I had been looking for.
Once I had the whole file one look showed that it was pretty much a mess. The formatting was horrible and almost impossible to read. Now that I have the paper copy of the book I realized there were several tunes included that are not in the Small-Pipe Tunes section of the book.
As a result, I have proofed the abc file, tried to make the formatting standard and reflect the original layout of the tunes.
You can access a web listing of the tunes in alphabetical order here:
The abc file can be downloaded here
The pdf file of all the tunes can be downloaded here
I have no idea who produced the original abc file which I modified although the name that comes up with many of the searches is Henry Ford.
I have no problem with anyone taking the modified version I produced and making it available elsewhere.