# nicholas

tunebook 7 tunes.

I live in Durham City in North-East England. I play whistle and a two-and-a-half-row DG Saltarelle melodeon. No Celtic background that I’m aware of; got into going to folk clubs and sessions around 1972, when I was twenty. I’ve composed tunes, and access to these is given below.

Have mainly played Irish and Northumbrian. I take an interest in tunes from the English tradition that approximate to these in catchiness and ‘feel’, and old tunebooks and new compositions are rapidly increasing the number of these tunes in circulation. I’m deeply fond of Scottish music. Other music that has particularly engaged me has included Gilbert and Sullivan, The Incredible String Band, Greek music, and Classical works, mainly in the well-known bracket. More recently, Renaissance and other polyphony, John Tavener, and the world of Orthodox music. On the DG melodeon my first and I hope formative influence was Tony Hall’s playing on his album “Fieldvole Music”, produced back in the Seventies: I say ‘I hope…’ because his pensive, lyrical style was/is a paragon of sensibility in the playing of this instrument. Another great source of inspiration here has been Phil Cunningham’s piano accordion playing - whose vast resources and powers I cannot hope to duplicate in my own playing - together with his marvellous output of own tunes.

I have submitted so far the following personal compositions to the Tunes database, and include other - mainly unsubmitted - personal compositions in abc notation below them. I don’t want to bother with copyright and protocol, so help yourselves if you like them, folks! Total number of tunes, submitted and unsubmitted, now stands at: 34. Additionally, I am starting to put some of these tunes up in YouTube videos. To date there are eight of these, including a song (Centuries And Days) set to one of the tunes (Woodcroft Lane):

(1.) Nick Till Tunes 1

http://youtu.be/bKZ2aCgTS0Y

STOP PRESS! - 30.10.2013 - I’ve uploaded an (IMO) improved version of the above, which I have not

succeeded in deleting from YouTube. Same tunes, same title. Its url is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI9uT_J-bSw

The tunes and their playing times on this video are as follows:

00.00 - 02.28 : Whitfield Brow (D), air in 3/4;

02.30 - 05.05 : Kenneth’s Bridge (D), tune in 3/2;

05.05 - 05.44 : Bridge End (D), tune in 3/2;

05.46 - 07.44 : The Browney Banks (D), hornpipe in 4/4;

07.44 - 09.43 : The Bishopley Hornpipe (G), hornpipe in 4/4;

09.44 - 12.20 : The Uplift (G), tune in 3/2.

(2.) Nick Till Tunes 2 (That’s a tag that ought to get it, if the url doesn’t…)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHxgD3MA2Xs&feature=youtu.be

The tunes and their playing times on this video are as follows:

00.00 - 04.11 : Slitwood (A), air in 3/4;

04.12 - 06.53 : Katie’s Quickstep (D), tune in 2/4;

06.54 - 09.49 : The Strength Of The Hills (G), tune in 15/8 (or 3/4);

09.50 - 12.20 : Constitution Square (G), tune in 6/8.

(3.) Nick Till Tunes 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHwBilAUuGk

No pics as yet. The tunes on this YouTube are as follows:

Bollihope Burn (D), reel;

Planxty Nick Taverner (G), brisk 3/4;

Forest-In-Teesdale (G), slip jig;

Woodcroft Lane (G), air;

Good Riddance To City Vision (G), tune in 3/2.

(4.) Nick Till Tunes 4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3XXL1zUo8A

Airs:

Finchale (here, in F Major);

Tees Head (D Major).

(5.) Nick Till CENTURIES AND DAYS (SONG) - Music with on-screen words

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgy-XO-fvL8

(6.) Nick Till - Bollihope Burn, tune plus images

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nke2WUQlYU&t=5s

(7.) Nick Till - Whitfield Brow, tune plus image

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT-1v6Jg6kY&t=2s

(8.) Nick Till - Killhope Top, tune plus images

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9I0q0qWgm4&t=13s

Own comps notated on The Session website:

Air in 4/4: Finchale

G Major, submitted on December 29th 2006

https://thesession.org/tunes/6564

Jig/Slide?: The Blackcock

G Major, submitted on November 22nd 2006

https://thesession.org/tunes/6403

Slip Jig: The Long Rocks

G Major, submitted on November 8th 2006

https://thesession.org/tunes/6340

Hornpipe: The Browney Banks

D Major, submitted on November 2nd 2006

https://thesession.org/tunes/6311

Reel: Bollihope Burn

D Major, submitted on November 14th 2006

https://thesession.org/tunes/6369

Waltz: Planxty Nick Taverner

G Major, submitted on March 16 2007

https://thesession.org/tunes/6952

Jig: Dan’s Castle

D Major, submitted on April 9th 2007

https://thesession.org/tunes/7055

Hornpipe: The Crossgate Hornpipe

D Major, submitted on July 1st 2007

https://thesession.org/tunes/7430

Hornpipe: The Bishopley Hornpipe

G Major, submitted on February 7th 2008

https://thesession.org/tunes/8234

Three-Two: Kenneth’s Bridge

D Major, submitted on July 12th 2008

https://thesession.org/tunes/8706

Three-Two: Bridge End

D Major, submitted on August 17th 2008

https://thesession.org/tunes/8821

Polka: Katie’s Quickstep

D Major, submitted on February 15th 2009

https://thesession.org/tunes/9364

Air in 3/4: Whitfield Brow

D Major, submitted on May 13th 2010

https://thesession.org/tunes/10474

March in 6/8: Constitution Square

G Major, submitted on May 18 2012

https://thesession.org/tunes/11932

Slip Jig: Forest-in-Teesdale

G Major, submitted in 2016

https://thesession.org/tunes/15361

Air in 4/4: Woodcroft Lane

G Major, submitted on January 24 2017

https://thesession.org/tunes/15794#setting29715

If interested, check in Comments beneath the tunes for any notes trying to rectify submission mistakes!

The following are personal compositions in abc notation:

(Odd ones may be in the Tunes database also)

THE SHINCLIFFE REEL

X: 1

T: The Shincliffe Reel

M: 4/4

L: 1/8

R: Reel

K: D

de||:fedB AFAB|defg a2 fa|g2 eg f2 df|edcB A2 FA|BAGA BcdB|cBAB cdec|dcde fefg|addc d2 de:||:fgab agfe|dAFA d2ef|gaba gfed|cBcd e2 de|fgag fedB|AFAd f2 ef|gaba gfed|1 cABc d2 de:||2 cABc d4 |

Shincliffe is a pretty village a mile or two upriver from Durham City (UK). It is Durham’s equivalent to Godstow near Oxford, or Grantchester near Cambridge.

(This tune is in the database, entered by ceolachan as a hornpipe - but the above ABCs are the original tune, which I frankly prefer.)

DURHAM MARKET

This tune is set out below in three keys:

X: 1

T: Durham Market

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: Polka

K: D Major

||:FA BA|D>E FF|E F/E/ DE|FD DE|FA BA|D>E FF|EF GA|BA A2:||Bd AF|Bdd2|FA/F/ED/E/|FEF/G/A|Bd AF|Bd d>A|B/A/G/F/ E/F/G/A/|Bc BA|Bd AF|Bd d2|F A/F/ E D/E/|FE F/G/A|BdAF|Bdd>A|B/A/G/F/E/F/G/A/|Bc d2||

X: 1

T: Durham Market

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: Polka

K: G Major

||:Bd ed|G>A BB|A B/A/ GA|BG GA|Bd ed|G>A BB|AB cd|ed d2:||

||eg dB|eg g2|B d/B/ A G/A/|BA B/c/ d|eg dB|eg g>d|e/d/c/B/ A/B/c/d/|ef ed|eg dB|eg g2|B d/B/ A G/A/|BA B/c/ d|eg dB|eg g>d|e/d/c/B/ A/B/c/d/|ef g2||

X: 1

T: Durham Market

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: Polka

K: A Major

||:ce fe|A>B cc|B c/B/ AB|cA AB|ce fe|A>B cc|Bc de|fe e2:||

||fa ec|fa a2|c e/c/ B A/B/|cB c/d/ e|fa ec|fa a>e|f/e/d/c/ B/c/d/e/|fg fe|fa ec|fa a2|c e/c/ B A/B/|cB c/d/ e|fa eB|fa a>e|f/e/d/c/ B/c/d/e/|fg a2||

This tune could work in any of the three mainstream keys used above; personally, I think A brings it out best. I can see it working well played quite fast as a Kerry-style polka, but it might also work as a 2/4 in the somewhat more measured NE England tradition. It is all in one major octave, so could go on bagpipes confined to this range.

Durham Market is both a place (a Victorian covered market) and a weekly event (stalls in the Market Place on Saturdays). It is perhaps best enjoyed when there’s a visitation of food stalls from foreign parts, selling exotic if sometimes pricey takeaways. But annoyance at this gives way to pity as one contemplates huddled Mediterraneans behind the counters freezing and turning blue with the cold and damp, true martyrs to the European project.

THE TOWER OF THE WINDS

X: 1

T: The Tower Of The Winds

M: 4/4

L: 1/8

R: Reel

K: D

||:FABA GAdA|FABA GEGA|FABA GAde|1 dBAF GEGA:||2 dBAF GE (3efg||

||fd (3efg fdBA|GBdf ec (efg|fd (3gfe fdAF| GAdF GEEg|fd (efg fdBA|GBdf ec(3efg|fdec dBAF|GAdF GEE2||

It might work as a Schottische. My grasp of the dotting of this form is shaky, but it might go as follows:

X: 1

T: The Tower Of The Winds

M: 4/4

L: 1/8

R: Strathspey

K: D

||:F>A B>A G>A d>A|F>A B>A G<E G>A|F>A B>A G>A d>e|1 d>B A>F G<E G>A||2 d>B A>F G<E e>g||

||f>d (3efg f>d B>A|G>B d>f e>c (3efg|f>d (3gfe f>d A>F|G>A d>F G<E E>g|f>d (3efg f>d B>A | G>B d>f e>c (3efg|f>d e>c d>B A>F|G>A d>F G<E E2 ||

I wrote this while living in Athens in 1979: the Tower Of The Winds is a modestly-sized building which has survived from the ancient world, situated in the Plaka - the old quarter of narrow streets, restaurants and night-spots at the foot of the Acropolis. The TOTW originally carried sundials and contained a 24-hour water-clock for the populace to consult; eight winds are sculpted as personages on the eight sides, each on the side facing the direction it could be expected to come from.

GOOD RIDDANCE TO CITY VISION

X: 1

T: Good Riddance To City Vision

M: 3/2

L: 1/8

R: Three-Two

K: G

||: gfed BAGA B2G2 | gfed e2b2 a4 | gfed BAGA Bdce |1 dBAG ABcd e2d2 :||2 dBAG ABcd e2 dB ||: d2g2 gfga g2d2 | e2a2 agab a4 | g2 gb a2 ba gfed | edcB ABcd e2 dB :||: d2G2 edcB d2G2 |A2 g2 edcB c2A2 |B2 dg bagf gGBd | edcB ABcd e2 dB:||: G2 Bc dedB dedB | A2 cd efec efec |B2 de fgfd fgaf | g2 GB dedB c2A2:|| E2e2 e2 dc d2G2 |E2 AB cdBc A2 GF|E2e2 e2 dc d2 GF | EFGB A2 GF G2 GF | E2e2 e2 dc d2G2 | E2 AB cdBc A2 Bc | d2G2 e2 dc dBAG | EFGB A2 GF G4||

This one’s rhythm and tempo range is the same as the Northumbrian tune Lads Of Alnwick, sometimes notated in 3/4, sometimes in 2/3. I have set it in the latter, 2/3.

I named this one in disapprobation of the goon quango Durham City Vision which, in tandem with Durham County Council, forced through a horrible makeover of Durham City’s historic Market Place in the teeth of much public opposition. They disbanded in 2012. Unlike the Poll Tax, though, their disfiguring legacy remains.

COLDMARTIN

X:1

T:Coldmartin

M:6/8

L:1/8

R:Jig

K:D Major

||:dBF d2 B| F3 F2 F| BFF AFF| BFF A3 | dBF d2 B| F3 FGA| G2 B BGB|1 B2 A A3 :|2 B2 A A2 c||d3 fdd| gdd fdd| d2 f fdf| ecA A2 c| d3 fdd | gdd f2d| e2 B BdB| A3 A2 c| d3 fdd| gdd fdd| d2 f fdf | e2 d efg| aAA gAA| fAA e2c| dcB AFA| B2 A A3||:AcA cAc|G2 c A2 c| d2 A AFA| BAF A3| AcA cAc| G2 c A2 c| d2 f g2 f | f2 e e3 :|| fAd f2A | g2 A f 2 A | d2 f fdf | ecA A2 e | fAd f2 A | g2 A f2 A | B2 e e2 d| cAA A2 e| fAd f2 A| g2 A f2A| dcd fdf |gdg b3 | afd bgd | a2 f fga | gfe dcB | A3 A3 ||

This is a jig I worked out on the DG melodeon back in 1981 - the notes seemed to line up with various row-crossing sequences I was trying out at that time.

Coldmartin is a hill outside Wooler in north Northumberland; one of my sisters lived on top of it at the time. It was certainly cold: it was opposite The Cheviot, and full in the teeth of all the wind and precipitation that mountain can generate.

THE SWINHOPE HORNPIPE

X:1

T: The Swinhope Hornpipe

M:4/4

L:1/8

R:Hornpipe

K:D Major

||: a>b a>f e>a f>e | d>B A>F B2 (3ABc | d>B A>F A>B d>e | f>d a>f e4 | a>b a>f e>a f>e | d>B A>F B2 (3ABc | d>B A>F E>A F>E |1 F2 D2 D4 :||2 F2 D2 D2 F>A ||: B>G D>G B>d c>B | A>F D>E F3 A | B>G D>G B>d c>B | A>F d>F E2 (3FGA | B>G D>G B>d c>B | A>F D>E F2 (3ABc | d>B A>F E>A F>E |1 F2 D2 D2 (3FGA :|| 2 F2 D2 D4 |

Swinhope is a side-valley of Weardale, in the North Pennines in the west of County Durham (UK). It is the one most like a mountain valley, in that it has high steep slopes towards its head and hosts a ski-run. The tune has a long up-and-down range of notes as a result of my attempts to describe this in some initial noodlings.

JOHN AND REBECCA

X: 1

T: John And Rebecca

M: 2/4

L: 1/8

R: English Polka

K: G Major

|: D2 G2 | F2 G2 | AB cd | e4 | AG AB | cd ef | g2 b2 | a2 ga | b2 g2 | d2 B2 | cA BG | E4 | A3 B | AG E2 | G2 E2 | D4 :||: E2 G2 | B2 EG | FE FG | F2 E2 | c2 AF | DF Ac | e2 d^c | d2 d=c | Bd gb | af df | ge ce | dB G2 | c2 de | dB GA | B2 A2 |1 G3 F:|2 G4 |

In honour of the wedding of two people I know. This one could be tweaked up into a rant or English-type reel.

FOREST-IN-TEESDALE

X: 1

T: Forest-in-Teesdale

M: 9/8

L: 1/8

R: Slip Jig

K: G Major

|:G2D G2A BAG | A2G ABd B2d | e2g edB d2e | g2e BAG E3 | G2D G2A BAG | A2G ABd B2d | e2g ede g2B | A2B AGE G3 :||:g2b agf g2e | d2g edB d2g | e2a a2b a2g | e2a a2b age | g2b agf g2e | d2g edB d3 | e2g ede g2B |1 A2B AGE G2d :|2 A2B AGE G3 |

There are bound to be Irish tunes similar to this one but I am not aware of actually replicating one here. I worked it out during a break in Upper Teesdale in the English North Pennines. Forest-in-Teesdale is the name of the parish that covers the upper valley. In fact it resembles a bit of Iceland if anything, and is largely bare of trees: “forest” in old terminology seems to have meant uncultivated ground in general.

(I have now submitted this tune to the Tunes database.)

FIVE BELLIES GARDNER

X: 1

T: Five Bellies Gardner

M: 4/4

L: 1/8

R: Reel

K: D Major

||: d || cAAc BGGB | cAAc B3 d | cAAc BGGB | Acaf e3 d | cAAc BGGB | cAAc B3 d | cAAc BGGB | Acaf efga || fd ad fd ad | ad gd fdef | gB (3BBB GB (3BBB | Acaf efg_g | ad gd fd ad | ad gd fd ef |1 gB (3BBB GB (3BBB | Acaf e3 :||2 gB (3BBB GBdB | Acec d3 ||

Named after Jimmy ‘Five Bellies’ Gardner, Tyneside folk hero and bete noire known as the buddy of troubled footballer Paul Gascoigne. Not acquainted with him personally, I just thought the name itself deserved a tune of a suitably rumbustious nature.

This is a tune in the Highland or Border Bagpipes nine-note scale and will probably turn out to be very like others in this obsessively-explored range of notes. But a phrase occurred to me and when I followed it up, this was the type of tune that I got…possibly it owes a bit of inspiration to the pipe tune Little Wat Ye Wha’s Coming.

SLITWOOD

X: 1

T: Slitwood

M: 3/2

L: 1/8

R: 3/2 slow rhythmic air

K: A Major

||: c4 B2 c2 e2 c2 | A3 c B2 A2 F4 | E3 F E2 F2 A2 c2 | B2 A2 c2 A2 B4 | c4 B2 c2 e2 c2 | A3 c B2 A2 F4 | E3 F E2 C2 E2 F2 | A2 c2 B3 A A4 :||: F2 A2 A2 F2 E2 C2 | F2 A2 A2 d2 c4 | F2 A2 A2 F2 E2 A2 | B2 A2 c2 A2 B4 |c4 B2 c2 e2 c2 | A3 c B2 A2 F4 | E3 F E2 C2 E2 F2 | A2 c2 B3 A A4 :||

Named after, yes, a wood up the valley of the Middlehope Burn in Weardale (County Durham, England), notable for its waterfalls, interesting flora and buildings etc. surviving from the days of the lead mining industry.

MISS ISABEL FRASER

X: 1

T: Miss Isabel Fraser

M: 4/4

L: 1/8

R: Strathspey

K: D Major

(ABc |: d2 d2 (dfe (dcB | A < e c > A G3 F | (GFE (FED (EFG (ABc | d < A f > g e2 (ABc | d2 d2 (dfe (dcB | A > B G > A F3 F | (GFE (FED (EFG (ABc | 1 d > A F < E D2 (ABc :| 2 d > A F < E D2 f > g ||: a > b a < f g2 (gef | g > a g < e f2 (fde | f > g f < d e2 e > d | (cBA G > B A2 f > g | a > b a < f g2 (gef | g > a g < e f4 | (GFE (FED (EFG (ABc | 1 d > A F < E D2 f > g :| 2 d > A F < E D4 |

Named for a fellow-sessioner who expressed a wish to have a strathspey made out to her maiden name, commemorating her Scottish tribal roots and affirming her status as a daughter of the neep and the still. (N.B. - I am not very well up on the dotting of notes in strathspeys, and on reflection this one seems really more a schottische.)

THE UPLIFT

X: 1

T: The Uplift

M: 3/2

L: 1/8

R: Three-Two

K: G Major

|| B A/G/ A B G A | B A/G/ A d B2 | B A/G/ A B G g | d c/B/ c d A2 | B A/G/ A B G A | B A/G/ A d B2 | B A/G/ A B G d | d c/B/ c d e f || g2 f d B g | f d e2 g2 | f g a f d c/B/ | c d A d e f | g2 f d B g | f d e2 g2 | f g a f d c/B/ | c d A G/F/ G2 ||

Have enjoyed putting this on the Forte program, adding chords and percussion, and in real life playing it decidedly fast. It’s on one of the YouTubes I’ve entered above.

WOODCROFT LANE

X: 1

T: Woodcroft Lane

M: 4/4

L: 1/8

R: Air in 4/4

K: G Major

EF || G4 E4 | A6 F2 | G4 A2 d2 | B4 e2 f2 | g2 e2 f2 d2 | e4 g2 e2 | d2 B2 A2 G2 | A4 E2 F2 | G4 E4 | A6 F2 | G4 A2 d2 | B4 e2 f2 | g2 e2 f2 d2 | e4 g2 e2 | d2 B2 A3 G | G4 D2 E2

||: G2 B2 A2 G2 | G4 G2 B2 | d2 g2 f2 d2 | e6 f2 | g2 e2 f2 d2 | e4 d2 B2 | c2 A2 B G3 | E4 D3 E | G2 B2 A2 G2 | G4 G2 B2 | d2 g2 f2 d2 | e6 f2 | g2 a2 f2 g2 | e4 d2 B2 | A2 G2 B2 A2 |1 G4 D2 E2 :||2 G6 |

This is an air or tune at the moderate pace of, say, the song ‘Loch Lomond’. I like to play it, as here notated, with the first part played once, the second part played twice. Others who might pick this tune up are free to differ.

The lane is not actually called ‘Woodcroft Lane’, but the bit I had in mind passes a farm called Woodcroft. It is a back road in Weardale, County Durham (Northern England), beside which my family lived and holidayed when I was a boy in the 1960s.

(I have now submitted this tune to the Tunes database.)

THE STRENGTH OF THE HILLS

X: 1

T: The Strength Of The Hills

M: 6/8

L: 1/8

R: March in 6/8

K: G Major

||: d B G G B d | g2 a b a g | e2 g f e d | e d B d g e | d B G B2 A | d B G G B d | g2 a b a g | e2 g f e d | e d B d g e | d B G G3 :|| e A B c2 d | e g f e d B | d2 G e A B | c2 e d G A | B A G E3 | e A B c2 d | e g f e d B | d g f e d B | G B d e g f | e d B A3 ||

This isn’t a jig, though I’ve notated it for now in 6/8. It’s really in 15/8(!), the natural breaks in the tune coming after every five dotted crotchets, or the equivalent. It goes at a rather slower tempo than jigs in general - the term ‘March’ might cover it.

The name has a bit of pomp to it, so does (or could) the tune. Perhaps it is a pomp stomp.

MICHAELMAS

X:1

T:Michaelmas

M:3/4

L:1/8

R:Waltz

K:D Major

|| d3 c B2 | f B3 A2 | G6 | G4 c2 | c2 d2 e2 | d2 c2 B2 | A B3 G2 | F6 | d2 c2 B2 | f B3 A2 | G6 | G4 c2 | c2 d2 e2 | d2 c2 B2 | A B3 A2 | A6 | f2 e2 d2 | e B3 B2 | g2 f2 e2 | f6 | d4 dd | d2 c2 B2 | c f3 d2 | c4 B2 | A2 F2 F2 | G A3 A2 | c2 A2 F2 | d4 d2 | d2 d2 d2 | d B3 d2 | f6 | e6 | d f3 e2 | d2 c2 B2 | d f3 e2 | d2 c2 B2 | d4 G2 | G2 A2 G2 | F4 d2 | c4 F2 | F f3 e2 | d2 c2 B2 | G e3 d2 | c4 f2 | d3 c B2 | F B3 _B2 | B6 | B6 ||

Waltz time, moderately pacey. I composed this at the end of September 2014, hence the name.

THE ROADS TO ROOKHOPE

X: 1

T: The Roads To Rookhope

M: 3/2

L: 1/8

R: Three-Two

K: D Major

|| d3 d dedc A2 A2 | d3 d d2 f2 f2 e2 | d3 d dedc A2 A2 | d3 f a2 f2 f2 e2 | d3 f afed d2 A2 | B3 g g2 f2 f2 e2 | d3 f afed d2 A2 | B3 d A2 F2 F2 E2 ||: d3 d c2 A2 B4 | d3 d c2 A2 F2 E2 | d3 d c2 A2 B2 dB | A3 B d2 F2 F2 E2 :||: B3 d c2 A2 F4 | B3 d c2 A2 F2 E2 | B3 d c2 A2 F2 A2 | B3 d A2 F2 F2 E2 :|| D8

Rookhope is a small, rather out-of-the-way village in Weardale (NE England), converged on however by roads from five directions. In the past it was a major centre of lead and ironstone mining, connected to the outside world by epic feats of upland railway building. Currently, cyclists on the Coast-To-Coast route (‘C2C’) find it a welcome stop for rest and recuperation. The tune is meant for a measured pace, not too fast. I feel it would suit the Northumbrian pipes.

EMPTY SHOP

X: 1

T: Empty Shop

M: 3/4

L: 1/8

R: Waltz

K: G Major

z2 z2 z e || eB B3 e | gd d3 e | BA A2 B2 | G2 E3 e | eB B3 e | ga f3 e | dB d2 f2 | f2 e3 f | gd e3 d | dc B3 d | eB A3 G | AB F3 F | EG g3 e | de B3 G | Ac B2 A2 | G2 E3 z ||

Not too slow, not over-fast is about right for this one, I think. It’s actually named for a current music venue in Durham (2016) housed, indeed, in vacant commercial premises, but the tune does to me seem to have a vibe of more general tumbleweedy desertion. I can imagine it played on a reedy harmonica… 🙂

REPTON VILLAGE

X: 1

T: Repton Village

M: 3/4

L: 1/8

R: Waltz

K: D Major

||: B3 A F2 | A4 EF | A3 B c2 | BA F4 | e3 d c2 | e2 d2 c2 | A4 dc | B6 | c2 A2 F2 |B3 G E2 | A3 B d2 | F2 EF A2 | D2 D2 F2 | G2 F2 D2 | E4 FA | E6 :||: B3 A F2 | A6 | B3 A F2 | AF D2 D2 | D2 dc BA | F2 A2 DE | F2 A2 D2 | B4 AF | E2 ED EF | AF D2 FA | B2 B2 A2 | F2 A2 de | f3 e dB | AF D2 DB, | E2 EF AF | D6 :||

This one goes at medium speed. It shifts around between the scales of A Major and D Major, for all that there are no G sharp notes in the tune. The village of Repton in the English Midlands is best known for Repton School, a public school which I attended in the years 1966-70. The tune is intended to be a homage to both. I named it for the village, as the School and the parish church each have at least one song/tune to their name and the village, AFAIK, has not.

KILLHOPE TOP

X: 1

T: Killhope Top

M: 3/4

L: 1/8

R: Waltz

K: E minor

|| e3 e e2 | B2 e2 e2 | e3 d e2 | g2 e2 e2 | B3 A B2 | F2 B2 B2 | B3 A B2 | d2 B2 B2 | e3 e e2 | B2 e2 e2 | e3 d e2 | g2 B2 B2 | B3 A B2 | F2 B2 B2 | B3 A B2 | E6 | e3 e e2 | e4 e2 | e g3 f2 | B6 | d3 d d2 | d4 d2 | d f3 d2 | B6 | e3 e e2 | e2 B2 e2 | f a3 f2 | g6 | e3 d B2 | c6 | c3 B A2 | B2 G2 F2 | E6 ||

A slow 3/4 air which seems to me to go naturally once through with that extra concluding note, which is one bar more than the tune would have if it were rendered as a standard waltz.

Killhope (pronounced ‘Killop’) is one of the valleys draining the fells at the top end of Weardale, County Durham (NE England). Killhope Top is a generic name of mine to describe the sombre peat-bog ridge that is the watershed beween Killhope and the slope down to Alston and South Tynedale on the other, Western side.

ALINGTON HOUSE

X: 1

T: Alington House

M: 3/4

L: 1/8

R: Waltz

K: D Major

||: d2 d2 d2 | a6 | d2 d2 d2 | cd A4 | B2 A2 G2 | A4 d2 | g2 g2 f2 | fg e4 | d2 d2 d2 | a4 f2 | d2 d2 d2 | BA F4 | G2 F2 G2 | A4 D2 | G2 G2 F2 | EF D4 :||: c2 f2 c2 | d6 | c2 f2 c2 | B6 | B2 d2 G2 | A4 D2 | G2 G2 F2 | FG E4 | D2 D2 D2 | A6 | d3 c d2 | BA F4 | G2 F2 G2 | A4 D2 | G2 G2 F2 | E2 D4 :||

Alington House is a long-standing community centre based in an old house in North Bailey, Durham City (NE England), not far from Durham Cathedral.