Upper Denton hornpipe

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Upper Denton has been added to 1 tune set.

Upper Denton has been added to 4 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Upper Denton
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:ag|fadf AdFA|DFAd FAdf|gfga bged|c2 A2 A2 fe|
dAFD GBAG|FAdf edfa|gfed cbag|f2 d2 d2:|
|:cd|ecfd gece|fdge afdf|gfba gfed|cdec A2 fe|
dAFD GBAG|FAdf edfa|gfed cbag|f2 d2 d2:|
2
X: 2
T: Upper Denton
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:ag|fada AdFd|DFAd FAdf|gfga bged|c2 A2 Agfe|
dAFA GBAG|FAdf edfa|gfed cbag|f2 d2 d2:|
|:cd|ecef gecA|d2 ge afdf|gaba gfed|caec A/A/A fe|
dAFA GBAG|FAdf edfa|gfed cbag|f2 d2 d2:||

Four comments

Upper Denton Hornpipe

A tune that appears in Kerr’s Merry Melodies - Vol 3, I think.

This first setting is from the playing of Bill Lamey.

The second setting is from Ken Perlman’s book "The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island", and he got it from the playing of Peter Chaisson Jnr. Apparently words are sung to the tune in Prince Edward Island:

Did you ever see the devil with his wooden spade or shovel,
Did you ever see the devil with his tail cocked out?
The potatoes were so big that the devil couldn’t dig,
So he ran through the fields with his tail cocked out!

Upper Denton is a place in Cumbria, not far from the Northumbrian border. The tune is often reckoned to be Scottish, but it has much of a border hornpipe feel to it and could be from the area it is named after.

It is similar to some other hornpipes, but distinct in its own right.

Re: Upper Denton

Upper Denton is also part of Newcastle which makes sense as this is obviously a Tyneside hornpipe played with lots of swing.