While being reminded of "O’Carolan’s Fancy", another tune I’ve added to the database I was also reminded of this one I used to play. Also, when I add a recording here I also, at least that’s the hope and intention, try to make sure that I follow that with a transcription or more from that recording. That’s two, and I’ll try to chase up at least one other. But, I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep…
"Turnpike Side" ~ single jig
According to his notes, Alistair Anderson got this one from the Cocks Museum in Newcastle…
This tune has also been mis-titled by some as "Turnpike Slide"…
Here’s another basic take on the same tune giving a few other options ~
T: Turnpike Side
R: single jig
|: d2 d cBA | B2 B AGF | G2 e Fdd | E2 d cAc |
dAd c2 A | BdB A2 F | G2 e F2 d | cA/B/c d3 :|
|: d2 f a2 b | afd a2 f | A2 c e2 f | ecA ecA |
d2 f a2 b | afd a2 f | gbg f2 a | e2 c d3 :|
This jig may actually be found in the FARNE manuscript archive:
This manuscript was compiled by John Bell in about 1812. Entitled ‘Collection of local tunes as played in Northumberland’ .
Although the manuscript has a note scribbled on it saying ‘not Northumbrian’.
X: 3 "Turnpike Side" ~ 1812 (X: 4 transposed from C to D)
# Posted by Barry Pearce - September 13th, 2011
Compiler : Bell, John (b.1783 d.1864)
Date : 1812 (circa)
Collection name : Collection of the local tunes as played in Northumberland
This may not be Northumbrian, as the note says, but it is also not Petticoat Loose. A pleasant jig in any case.
This song/tune forms part of a manuscript compiled by John Bell entitled ‘Collection of local tunes as played in Northumberland’ which can be seen as the counterpart to his published book of lyrics, ‘Rhymes of the Northern Bards’ 1812, facsimile reprint 1971 with introduction by David Harker. David Harker’s introduction to the facsimile gives very detailed information on Bell, and is highly recommended reading for the curious.