Trip To Brighton polka

Also known as A Trip To Brighthelmstone, A Trip To Brighton, Trip To Brighthelmstone, The Trip To Brighthelmstone, The Trip To Brighton, Trips To Brighthelmstone, Trips To Brighton.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Trip To Brighton has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Trip To Brighton
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G/A/B/c/ dg|dB/A/ GA/B/|cA BG|F D2F|
EC CE|cE Ec|B/c/d DF|G2G z:|
G D2G|BB B/c/d|c A2a|aA A/B/c|
BG cA|dB gg|f/g/a A^c|d2d2|
G D2G|BB B/c/d|c A2a|aA A/B/c|
BG cA|dB gc|B/c/d DF|G2G2||

Nine comments

Trip to Brighton

A tune that is sometimes played at one of my local sessions.

Not really a polka, of course - but’s that the only way that I can post a tune that has a 2/4 time signature here.


I love this tune! Do you have any information about its origin, how old it is and its composer?

The Fiddler’s Companion - Andrew Kuntz ~ a little more

TRIP TO BRIGHTON. English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning. AAB. The melody appears in print in David Rutherford’s Compleat Collection of 200 Country Dances, vol. 2 (London, 1760) as “Trip to Brighthelmstone” (the original name of Brighton, Sussex, given by the Anglo-Saxons). Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; pg. 51.

Now if only I could find the description for the dance. I don’t think I’ve got Rutherford’s on hand, but will see what I can find… 😉

Yes, a lovely tune, fun, thanks Mix…


Thanks, ceolachan for the info!

To which I must add my thanks also to Ceolachan for those very comprehensive source details.

Indeed, a very old tune.

“Trips/A Trip To Brighthelmstone” / “Trips/ ATrip to Brighton” ~ source of transcription?

Mix, where is your transcription from?

Here’s a bit more, and a synopsis of the dance, courtesy of the appreciated hard work of some old acquaintances, specifically Kate Van Winkle Keller, bless her dance shoes…

Figures XVLCOR

X: Hands across all round and back, including Mullinet
V: Cross oVer 1 or 2 couples (up or down the set)
L: Lead down the middle and back
C: Cast up or down; may include Breza or Brise
O: Hands all rOund or Circle and back
R: Right and left all round

“Rutherford’s compleat Collection of 200 of the most celebrated Country Dances both Old and New which are now in Vogue: Performd at Court & all Public Assemblies ; with newest and best Figures and Directions to each Tune ; for Violin, German Flute or Hautboy”

Re: Trip To Brighton

This is a fabulous tune for my husband’s English concertina. Does anyone know a good tune to go with it to make a set? Thanks! - Mollie