The Lads Of Alnwick three-two

Also known as Apprentice Lads Of Alnwick, The Apprentice Lads Of Alnwick.

There are 12 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Sunderland Lasses (lots of times).

The Lads Of Alnwick has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Lads Of Alnwick has been added to 83 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Lads Of Alnwick
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:{g}a4 e2fg agfe|(3cdcA2 .a2(A2 cdec)|a4 e2fg agfe|d2B2 {g}.f2(B2 d2f2):|
|:ABcd (3efec2 (3efec2|ABcd (3efec2 e2{g}a2|ABcd (3efec2 (3efec2|Bcde {g}.f2(B2 d2f2):|
|:(e2.a2) (cdec .a2)(c2|e2.a2) cdec d2(3fgf|(e2.a2) (cdec .a2)c2|Bcde {g}.f2(B2 d2f2):|
|:ABcd efed cdec|efed cdec e2{g}a2|ABcd efed cdec|Bcde {g}.f2(B2 d2f2):|
X: 2
T: The Lads Of Alnwick
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
g4 d2ef gfed| B2G2g2G2 BcdB| g4 d2ef gfed| c2A2e2A2c2e2:: GABc d2B2d2B2|\
GABc d2B2d2g2|GABc d2B2d2B2|ABcd e2A2c2e2::d2g2 BcdB g2B2|d2g2 BcdB c2e2|\
d2g2 BcdB g2B2| ABcd e2A2c2e2::GABc dedc BcdB| dedB BcdB d2g2|GABc dedc BcdB|\
X: 3
T: The Lads Of Alnwick
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:g4 d2ef gfed|B2G2g2G2 BcdB|g4 d2ef gfed|c2A2e2A2c2e2:
|:GABc d2B2d2B2|GABc d2B2d2g2|GABc d2B2d2B2|ABcd e2A2c2e2:
|:d2g2 BcdB g2B2|d2g2 BcdB c2e2|d2g2 BcdB g2B2|ABcd e2A2c2e2:
|:GABc dedc BcdB|dedB BcdB d2g2|GABc dedc BcdB|ABcd e2A2c2e2:

Eight comments

The site’s first triple, and my personal favourite. Fingers crossed that I’ve done the ABC correctly - it’s not something you do every day. Cross rhythms and bowing for the fiddlers seems to be really important in these tunes. I know nothing about bowing, but I’ve tried to include phrase marks and staccato to give an idea of how it’s supposed to sound.

This tune is often played in G and sometimes also F because of the tuning of the Northumbrian pipes, but a lot of people play it in A because it goes nicer on the fiddle.

Take it at about 120 beats/min as you would an average speed reel, so it ends up being like a reel with an extra half bar and lots of crotchets. It should have a lively, lilting feel to it, with only a very slight swing (like a reel and unlike a hornpipe).

This tune has personal significance for me since I was born in Alnwick and went to high school there, so I am a "Lad of Alnwick" myself. Alnwick is not pronounced "Oln-wick", but "An-ick". It’s a small market town in Northumberland, and its castle has often featured in films, e.g. Harry Potter (Alnwick Castle is his school).

A triple Hornpipe.

I never heard of a triple hornpipe until just now. I will check it out tonight. I’ll try it at a reel speed and I’ll take my lilt out.

Thanks for posting it.

Mark

Dow - isn’t Alnwick the county town of Northumberland?

David,
It used to be but not anymore. I think Morpeth is the county town these days.

Jerry O’Sullivan does a great version of this tune on "The Gift".

Posted by .

if you’re twisted like me you want to play it two beats to the bar to make an ‘ancient’ souding march out of it! ;-)

learned by kethrine Tichell
and also exist in G
X:27
T:The Lads of Anwick
C:Trad
S:Northumbrian Minstrelsy
M:3/4l
K:G
g4 d2ef gfed| B2G2g2G2 BcdB| g4 d2ef gfed| c2A2e2A2c2e2:: GABc d2B2d2B2|\
GABc d2B2d2g2|GABc d2B2d2B2|ABcd e2A2c2e2::d2g2 BcdB g2B2|d2g2 BcdB c2e2|\
d2g2 BcdB g2B2| ABcd e2A2c2e2::GABc dedc BcdB| dedB BcdB d2g2|GABc dedc BcdB|\
ABcd e2A2c2e2:|

T:Lads Of Alnwick, The
M:3/2
L:1/8
K:G
|:g4 d2ef gfed|B2G2g2G2 BcdB|g4 d2ef gfed|c2A2e2A2c2e2:
|:GABc d2B2d2B2|GABc d2B2d2g2|GABc d2B2d2B2|ABcd e2A2c2e2:
|:d2g2 BcdB g2B2|d2g2 BcdB c2e2|d2g2 BcdB g2B2|ABcd e2A2c2e2:
|:GABc dedc BcdB|dedB BcdB d2g2|GABc dedc BcdB|ABcd e2A2c2e2:

(can anyone delete the previous post?)