By Horseplay

  1. Redback Ball
    Old Wife Of Coverdale
    Elsie Marley
    Washington’s March
  2. Gypsie’s Round
    Holey Ha’penny
  3. The Black Cock Of Whickham
    Stay A While Bonny Lad
    Little Wat Ye Wha’s Coming
  4. All Night I Lay Awake Wiyh Jockey
    Rob Shear’d In Herst
  5. Buy Broom Bezzums
    Morpeth Lasses
    The Third Drink
  6. The Lovely Miss Weir
    Late Tuesday Morning
  7. Dick’s Maggot
    A Bumper At Parting
    The Grinders
  8. Boning The Turkeys
    Flutecase Suitcase
    Cas’ Trip To Durham
  9. Small Coals And Little Money
    The Oyster Wife’s Rant
    Three Kopanitsas
  10. 11.30 In Mallaig
    The Lost Canoe
  11. Cuckold Come Out Of The Amery
    Lads Of Alnwick
    Jack’s Gone A-Shearing

Five comments

A well-arranged showcase for the Border and early Northumbrian Bagpipes

Horseplay are a band based near Durham (UK, that is), and regularly play in a session there. They are very good musicians; though the dominant sound in their sets is normally that of one or other of Paul Martin’s bagpipes, the backing from the others complements and integrates this beautifully, and fiddle, whistle, flute and piano-accordion all get a chance to lead a tune.
Sleeve notes give the sources of the tunes - mainly Northumbrian and other English, the odd Balkan or home-made tune as well, having in common the restricted note-range that these particular bagpipes enforce.
Ideally they should have included some notes about the bagpipes used, but maybe this wasn’t practicable.
Horseplay have a website through which albums may be ordered and, I imagine, questions asked about instruments etc. It is linked to other websites in the bagpiping world.

Border Bagpipes, yes: the others may be English Bagpipes, not NSP.

I think that apart from Border Pipes, English Bagpipes are played, not Northumbrian Small Pipes: I may, however, be mistaken.

Horseplay’s bagpipes

Mostly, they’re Border Pipes playing a nine-note scale in A with a G natural at top and bottom: G A B c# d e f# g a

On track 4 they’re definitely something in a comparable scale, only this time in D with C naturals.

At the end of track 7 (a good tune called The Grinders), pipes are being played in an octave of G Major, including the C natural.

I’m told that Border bagpipes are used throughout except for one track, where Northumbrian pipes are used - could it be the above track?

Track 3 (The Black Cock Of Whickham / Stay A While Bonny Lad / Little Wat Ye Wha’s Coming) is my favourite on this album.

Re: Roughshod

I love Northumbrian smalpipe playing, and am listening to Track 7 as I write this. (It’s one of these catchy ones you want to have on repeat). I don’t there are any Northumbrian smallpipes here.

Re: Roughshod

I don’t think there are