UncleJack’s thirteen comments

  • West End

    Northumbrian, transcribed from the playing of Jim Rutherford as recorded in 1954 by Peter Kennedy. Has hints of the Norfolk version but (imho) more guts. more…

  • The Clinch

    Transcribed from George Taylor as recorded in 1954 by Peter Kennedy and included in Topic's recent Voice of the People release "Good humour for the rest of the night". There's also a nice version where George is joined by Bob Clark on Jew's harp. Georg... more…

  • Green Grow The Rushes - O (Newfoundland)

    A very distant relative of the Irish and other European versions, from the Newfoundland accordion player Minnie White. It got lots of precise turns and a strong "snap" to it. more…

  • Mopping Nelly

    A lovely clean tune in a tiny space, with 3 parts in totaling 6 bars. Each part ramps up the tempo which I think will be great for dance, while keeping a clear structure. more…

  • Just to clarify: Thursdays is the only session currently at Whitefriars (as of 2013)

    The session listed at the top of this post is still going strong at Whitefriars. The Monday "CovTrad" session is enjoying the hospitality of the Broomfield Tavern and the several key players from the Friday Irish session play on the 4th Friday of the mon... more…

  • Joyful Days Is Coming

    From the Vickers' manuscript (North East England, 1770s). Matt Seattle's notes to the printed edition says it is clearly incomplete, but I feel it makes an interesting tune played swiftly or as a slinky slow air. more…

  • Another English variant.

    I've posted the Flagon Reel from the Vickers' manuscript. https://thesession.org/tunes/13022 more…

  • The Flagon Reel

    The Flagon Reel is from the Vickers' manuscript from North East England in the 1770s. It clearly shares lineage with the "Flogging Reel" played in the Irish tradition, but shows a distinctly Northumbrian feel for the tune. more…

  • The Bucket (The Buckette)

    From the Vickers' manuscript (1770s, North East England). I am not aware of any recordings. The manuscript (available online at FARNE) has the title "The Bucket", Matt Seattle's published version (as "The Great Northern Tunebook") calls it "The Bucket".... more…

  • I’ve changed the title following the discussion

    I still have the sheet music written by Iain McDonald with the title St Patrick's Cathedral, and I've come across it with both titles. Unusual for such a new tune to get its name confused so quickly. more…