composed by Dave Shepard, ex Blowzabella
It has a certain Swedishness about it.
A slightly different version
As I’ve learnt the tune:
T:Table Top Mountain
"Am"A2A2A>B c>A|"G"B>c B>A G4|"Am"e>d c>B A>B c>A|"G"B>c B>A G2E2|"Am"A2A2A>B c>A|"G"B>c B>A G4|"Am"e>d c>B A>B c>B|A2G2A4:|
"Am"e>c A>ce2e2|"G"d>B G>B d2d2|"G"c>B A>G E>G A>B|"Am"c>B A>G E>G A>c|e>c A>ce2e2|"G"d>B G>B d2d2|"Am"c>B A>G E>G A>c|A2G2A4:|
And in the key I suggested, it goes well with the Underwood Hornpipe: https://thesession.org/tunes/5677/
X: 1 “William Taylor’s Table Top Hornpipe” ~ C: Dave Shepherd (g, a, & e minor)
S: "Encyclopaedia Blowzabellica: The Blowzabella Tune and Dance Book"
Dragonfly Music, 1987
Music manuscript - Dave Shepherd, this tune on page 21
This first transcription is note for note as it appears in the book, in g minor, no other accidentals given. However, other transcriptions exist showing that it is played by others in the keys of e minor and a minor.
Duo Shepherd/Gielen - Dave Shepherd & Simon Gielen
"The Gloucestershire Miner" / "William Taylor’s Table Top Hornpipe"
- both tunes are Dave Shepherd compositions
X: 3 “William Taylor’s Table Top Hornpipe”
a harmonic minor ~ that’s where it took me, winds and free reeds…
In full realization that the introductory triplet I’ve used suggests ‘melodic minor’… ;-)
“The Gloucestershire Miner” / “William Taylor’s Tabletop Hornpipe” ~ Dave Shepherd
Dave Shepherd and Becky Price perform at Kinnersley
Published by David Shepherd on November 23rd, 2012
Dave Shepherd’s added comment/plea ~ "Two hornpipes composed by Dave Shepherd. This is a definitive version of William Taylor’s and hopefully all the clodhopping, galumphing border morris teams who play this will listen to the B music and learn to play it properly. It is in G minor, so fiddlers, stand your ground and don’t be browbeaten into playing it in E minor by the malodorous melodeons (who should be thinking diatonic accordeon and not melodeon!) Hope you enjoy this despite the quality of the video ( a digitisation of a VHS copy of the original, which was filmed by Jessica Abrahams.)"
‘malodorous melodeons’!? Let take a little break to sniff my Paolo - - - no! I can’t smell anything unpleasant there. :-/ Will the A minor takes have Dave running for the Tums? - especially my little sojourn? Any appreciation, whatever the key, can’t really be a depreciation, however rough or galumphing it might be… If I hadn’t been enjoying it in the first place it would have never taken me where it did… ;-)