Harthope Burn

By Joe Hutton, Willy Taylor and Will Atkinson

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Harthope Burn - music from ‘Northumberland and the Border Country’

MWM Records. MWM 1031. Recorded in 1983.
Joe Hutton - Northumberland Small-pipes
Willy Taylor - Fiddle
Will Atkinson - Mouthorgan

Fantastic playing. They really were inspirational.

I like

Harthope Burn

I’d say this is the quintessential sampler of traditional Northumberland dance music from the later c20.
These three were used to playing for dancers, so made it a priority to play in time and in a fairly straightforward style; but some of their tunes have pretty complicated passages, which they negotiate impressively.

To hear a concert of these three (mainly doing solos) plus fiddler George Hepple, turn to:
http://www.asaplive.com/Farne/RadioFARNE.cfm?ccs=150&cs=766
- and press appropriate audio button. There are plenty of other audio clips round this site.

Superb, lovely music… I am regularly saved from being a miserable old git by ~ my ears rejoice, my heart dances and my smile suffers strain whenever I listen to anything these three lads have done, individually or together… :-)