“Mouthorgan” - Will Atkinson, Northumbrian musician.
The details I have given are from an oldish cassette - I don’t know if this album was ever released as a CD. It was issued in 1989 by Common Ground, no.CGRC 002.
Will Atkinson played consummate dance music on the mouthorgan, in his latter years appearing alongside Joe Hutton (N/brian pipes) and Willy Taylor (fiddle) at many concerts and festivals as well as in the Northumberland countryside where they lived (all have now died).
To get very generous free audio samples of the playing of these and other fine Northumbrian musicians, turn to:
- where there’s a recording of a concert; and just ping the words Audio / Listening Post / Radio Farne, to find other samples that exist on this site!
(Actually, there are only four players in the concert recording: the fourth is George Hepple (fiddle))
On this album, Will is ably accompanied by a pianist whose name is not given on my cassette sleeve.
(NOTE - If this album has been released on CD, the order of the tracks may have been changed.)
Sadly it hasn’t… Boo hoo!!!
“The Shepherds” ~ great dance music…
This recording is a real joy, marvelous. I have loved the music these three characters make since I first heard it ~ Will Atkinson, Joe Hutton and Willy Taylor… I wish I’d had the pleasure of knowing them and learning from them, but their music survives them and it is a welcome education to my ears. I’ll get some of these transcribed so others can enjoy the tunes they brought life to… Thank you lads for so much listening pleasure… 🙂
“Will Atkinson: Mouth Organ” ~ tunes with their composers, those known
1.) B: Bill Sutherland ~ A. Rennie
C: Kenmay House ~ A. Rennie
2.) A: Sharon Davis ~ Will Atkinson
4.) A: Mr. Mickey ~ A. Fitchet
B: Joe Foster’s Jig ~ L. Ross
5.) B: Haight Ashbury ~ Freeland Barbour
9.) A: Will Atkinson’s March ~ J. Lindsay
10.) A: J. B. Milne ~ A. Fitchett
B: The New High Level ~ Whinham Rankin
C: The Tusca ~ R. Cooper
12.) B: Bonny Border Burn ~ D. Black
13.) A: Alistair Anderson’s ~ Will Atkinson
B: The Early Morning ~ Will Atkinson
C: Kyloe Burn ~ Will Atkinson
14. A: Duke of Fife ~ S. Skinner
B: Skinner’s Compliments To Dr. MacDonald ~ S. Skinner
15.) A: Pippa Sandford ~ Will Atkinson
C: Jim Anderson’s Delight ~ R. Cooper
Adam Rennie ~ composer, etc…
2.) B. The Lemonville ~ attributed to a Jack C. Hayes
“Harthope Burn: Joe Hutton, Willy Taylor & Will Atkinson” ~ more great music
Joe Hutton: Northumbrian small pipes, Willy Taylor: fiddle, Will Atkinson: mouthorgan/harmonica…
There are few finer tonics to refresh oneself with than music from these folks… It always makes me smile and my feet move..
Track 3: “Schottische” = “Will Atkinson’s Schottische”
Submitted on May 8th 2010 by geoffwright.
“The Grand Chain” - 1987
Will Atkinson : harmonica
Joe Hutton : Northumbrian pipes
Willy Tailor : fiddle