Newlyn reel

Also known as Plethen Newlyn.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Newlyn has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Newlyn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
# Added by len .
X: 2
T: Newlyn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin

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Newlyn Reel

Also known as Plethen Newlyn, (Plethen-Cornish Reel).
Another tune in response to a recent recording posted by Threepenny Bit.
This tune was apparently collected in the 70’s as a dance for men in the fishing port of Newlyn, Cornwall. Traditionally, it starts slow and ramps up the tempo every two times through.
It doesn’t seem to me typically Cornish but could show how "foreign" interaction found in busy ports might influence local music.

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Sounds a bit Klezmerish

A bit like Jump at the Sun, swisspiper?

Re: Newlyn

This is an interesting tune quite possibly adopted from the Jewish community living in Penzance 18th-19th century.
If you review the dance this also shares the characteristics of a Kletzmer dance.
The tune is noted to have started at a lively pace and then sped up. This as well as the chord change in the penultimate bar are definitely more Kletzmer than Celtic or English.
I will be carrying out further research as to whether there was musicians within that community.

There is some information on the Cornish national music archive as well as a recording of the dance.