My high school chemistry teacher was quite a well-known Northumbrian piper who used to run a trad music club at lunch times. I remember when I graduated I asked if I could rummage through all his sheet music, and he produced a binbag full! I spent hours sifting through it all, and came across many traditional Northumbrian and Borders tunes, some of them copies of the original manuscripts by well-known pipers and fiddlers in the area. 10 years later, I still have them, and feel as though I have something valuable which should be shared with people. Posting them here will also allow me to put together some sort of tunebook for myself, since a lot of the tunes I know were learnt during childhood and have not yet been posted on this website.
I would also like to post some triple hornpipes in 3/2 because they’re fab, and perhaps a slip polka or 2, but they are not listed in the genres. Jeremy?
I feel a bit small and unrepresented in the huge world of Irish trad, and I sometimes feel as though the English tunes are being forgotten. I’m quite interested to find out how widespread they are. Has anyone come across any of these tunes played at their local session?