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’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:
- 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… :-)
“Will Atkinson: Mouth Organ” ~ more excellent music
Will Atkinson: mouthorgan/harmonica, Willy Taylor & George Hepple: fiddles, Joe Hutton: Northumbrian small pipes…
“The Grand Chain” - 1987 -
& Including Joe Hutton, Willy Taylor & Will Atkinson
FARNE: Folk Archive Resources North East ~ for further inspiration
“Voice of the People, Vol. 19: Ranting & Reeling - Dance Music of the North of England”
- including Joe Hutton, Willy Taylor & Will Atkinson