The Fiddle Hill jig

Also known as Lang Shift 2.

The Fiddle Hill has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Fiddle Hill
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D|G2 g f2 e|d^cd edB|G2 B c2 ^c|d3- dAB|
c2 B c2 d|cAF DF/G/A|1 ded cdc|B3- B2:|2 ded cBA|G3- G2||
K: DMaj
|:F/G/|A3 G3|FAd fed|c2 e B2 c|BA^G AE/F/=G|
ABA GAG|FAd f2 d|1 cBA gfe|d3- d2:|2 cBA ABc|d3 =c2||
2
X: 2
T: The Fiddle Hill
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
G2 g f2 e|d^cd edB|G2 B c2 ^c|d3- dAB|
c2 d c2 d|cAF DFA|1 ded cdc|B3- B2:|2 ded cBA|G3- G2||
A3 G3|FAd fed|c2 e B2 c|BA^G A2 F/=G/|
A3 G3|FAd fed|1 cBA ABc|d3- d2:|2 cBA ABc|d3 =cBA||
3
X: 3
T: The Fiddle Hill
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
"G" G2 g f2 e|d^cd edB|G2 B c2 ^c|"D7" d3- dAB|
c2 d c2 d|cAF DFA|1 "D7" ded cdc|"G" B3:|2 "D7" ded cBA|"G" G3||
"D" ABA "A7" GAG|"D" FAd fed|"A7" c2 e B2 c|"(E)" BA^G "A7" AF=G|
"D" ABA "A7" GAG|"D" FAd fed|1 "A7" cBA ABc|"D" d3:|2 "A7" cBA gfe|"D" d3||

Seven comments

"The Fiddle Hill Jig" ~ composed by dance impresario Ralph Page

With recent dabbling in the realm of quicksteps I was reminded of this one.

Ralph, 1903 to 1985, also composed a dance, a contra, to go with this. Ralph page earned the title ‘dean of the contra dance callers’, hailing from New England, New Hampshire, in the Northeast of the U.S. of A., but he travelled as caller and band leader all over North America and here too, to England, spreading his passion for the music and dance. A great character, a great inspiration ~ with his cigar and sometimes terse presentation. He reminded me of a choir leader I once had who used to throw board erasers at people if he didn’t like the noise they made.

This was also published in his regular magazine "Northern Junket", Volume9, #1, page 35, November 1967 & Volume 13, #6, page 12, October 1979, which is available online here:

http://www.library.unh.edu/special/index.php/category/ralph-page-collection
Northern Junket ~
http://www.izaak.unh.edu/dlp/NorthernJunket/pages/index.htm

"The Fiddle Hill Jig" ~ jig and dance composed by Ralph Page

From "Northern Junket" ~

X: 2
T: Fiddle Hill Jig, The
C: Ralph Page
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|: G |\
G2 g f2 e | d^cd edB | G2 B c2 ^c | d3- dAB |
c2 d c2 d | cAF DFA |[1 ded cdc | B3- B2 :|[2 ded cBA | G3- G2 ||
K: DMaj
|: F/G/ |\
A3 G3 | FAd fed | c2 e B2 c | BA^G A2 F/=G/ |
A3 G3 | FAd fed |[1 cBA ABc | d3- d2 :|[2 cBA ABc | d3 =cBA |]

& Ralph’s dance
"The Fiddle Hill Jig" ~ contra / longways,
improper, with all odd couples (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) with partner crossed over, man on the left and woman on the right facing down…

Music: as given, AABB = 32 bars = 64 walking steps

A1 - 1-4: Do-si-do the one below
A1 - 5-8: Do-si-do partner in the center ~ actives (odd couples to start) only
A2 - 1-4: Allemande left the one below
A2 - 5-8: Come back and swing your partner ~ actives only
B1 - 1-4: Down the center four in line
B1 - 5-8: Turn alone, the same way home
B2 - 1-4: Circle four once around ~ to the left / clockwise
B2 - 5-8: Left hand star back to place
~ etc., etc…

Did the Junket specialize in Junk?
(I’m "throwing a board eraser" at this tune, I deafnitly don’t like "the noise it makes") 😉

‘deafnitly’ ~ have you been losing sleep lately?

It’s definitely just a bit of light music, not to be taken seriously. Folks seem to like to dance to it. The smile in it seems to raise their spirits and to carry them merrily forward through the dance. Consequently many musicians enjoy playing it for dancers, and also get some fun from it… Quickstep type tunes aren’t to everyone’s liking, maybe being generally too jolly? 😀

"The Fiddle Hill Jig" / "Long Shift 2" ~ rescued duplication

Submitted on March 7th 2012 by Larke.
~ /tunes/11823

X: 2
T: Fiddle Hill Jig, The
T: Lang Shift 2
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmaj
|: "D7" B2 A |\
"G" G2 g f2 e | d^cd edB | G2 B c2 ^c | "D7" d3- dAB |
c2 d c2 d | cAF DFA |[1 "D7" ded cdc | "G" B3 :|[2 "D7" ded cBA | "G" G3 ||
|: zFG |\
"D" ABA "A7" GAG | "D" FAd fed | "A7" c2 e B2 c | "(E)" BA^G "A7" AF=G |
"D" ABA "A7" GAG | "D" FAd fed |[1 "A7" cBA ABc | "D" d3 :|[2 "A7" cBA gfe | "D" d3 |]

This is a fun piece I play following "Katie’s Fancy." I’ve no idea what the title means. I learned it from a Cumbrian box player who said it was composed by George Ormiston. I thought he said it was a Lancashire tune, but I think George makes flutes up in Scotland…? Crackin’ tune at any rate!

# Posted on March 7th 2012 by Larke

"Lang" is Scottish "long", so "Long Shift" as in "working overtime", perhaps? Presumably the 2 refers to the fact that it’s a 2-step.

# Posted on March 7th 2012 by Dr. Dow

try a recording by bertram levy and peter ostroushko for the composer

# Posted on March 15th 2012 by martindunn

Note it is in ‘G’ but with the B music in ‘D’

When I came across this tune well over 30 years ago I thought it was American and play it as the last tune in a set with a few other ‘American’ jigs, namely: The Corner House Jig, Come up the Back Stairs, Bell’s Favourite and then Fiddle Hill. It has a good ending befitting of the last tune.

# Posted on March 30th 2012 by hetty

C: Ralph Page

Just to repeat and clarify, the composer, an ‘old’ acquaintance and character, was/is Ralph Page…