Danbury Hill jig

Also known as Gwendiffeth 4, Gwendiffith 4.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Danbury Hill has been added to 8 tune sets.

Danbury Hill has been added to 13 tunebooks.

Download ABC

Five settings

1
X: 1
T: Danbury Hill
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
|: FE | DFA B2 A | GEC A2 G | FEF GFE | DED ^C=B,A,|
DFA B2 A | GEC A2 G | FEF GFE |[1 D3- D :|[2 D3- D2 ||
|: d- | dD_d =DcD | _cDB A3 | ABA G2 E | ABA G2 E |
dD_d =DcD | _cDB A3 | ABA GFE |[1 D3- D2 :|[2 D3- D |]
2
X: 2
T: Danbury Hill
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: EGB c2 B | AFD B2 A | GFE FED | EGB AFD |
EGB c2 B | AFD B2 A | GFE FED | [1 E6 :| [2 E3 EGB |]
|: e2 ^d - ^d =d2 | ^c2 =c - =c B2 | BcB A2 G | BcB A2 G |
e2 ^d - ^d =d2 | ^c2 =c - =c B2 | BcB AGF | [1 E3 EGB :| [2 E6 |]
3
X: 3
T: Danbury Hill
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
FE |: DFA B2A | GEC A2G | FEF GFE | DED ^C=B,A,|
DFA B2A | GEC A2G | FEF GFE |1 D3 DFE :|2 D3 DFA ||
|: dz ^cz cz | =Bz Bz Az | ABA GFE | ABA GFE |
dz ^cz cz | =Bz Bz Az | ABA GFE |1 D3 DFA :|2 D3 DFE ||
4
X: 4
T: Danbury Hill
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|: Ace f2e | dBG e2d | cBc dcB | ABA ^G^FE|
Ace f2e | dBG e2d | cBc dcB |1 A3 A2E :|2 A3 A2^g ||
|: a2 ^g2 g2 | ^f2 f2 e2 | efe dcB | efe dcB |
a2 ^g2 g2 | ^f2 f2 e2 | efe dcB |1 A3 A2^g :|2 A3 A2E ||
5
X: 5
T: Danbury Hill
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|: Ace f2e | dBG e2d | cBA BAG | Ace dBG |
Ace f2e | dBG e2d | cBA BAG |1 A3- A2E :|2 A3- A2A ||
|: aA^g AgA | ^fAf e3 | efe d2B | efe d2A |
aA^g AgA | ^fAf e3 | efe dcB |1 A3- A2A :|2 A3- A2E ||

Four comments

Danbury Hill - AKA Gwendiffeth 4

A year or so ago there was a discussion on session.org about a tune known as "Gwendiffeth 4" that is played at a session in Bristol (UK).

https://thesession.org/discussions/29808

The OP was asking for the real name of the tune and the respondents to the thread determined that it was a variant of a tune called "Danbury Hill".

X1: "Danbury Hill"

- The transcription (in D-Minor) is from the Nottingham Music Database

X2: "Gwendiffeth 4"

Is the tune (in A-Minor) that is sometimes played at the University of Bristol Folk Club’s pub session held on Monday evenings at "the Ship", Lower Park Road, Bristol, UK.

https://thesession.org/sessions/2382

Danbury Hill - Etymology

The village of Danbury (in the county of Eseex, UK) was built on the site of a Neolithic or early Iron Age hill fort - hence: "Danbury Hill".

From the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Place-Names:

Danbury, Essex
————————

Danengeberia (Domesday Book)
Danegeberia (1176, Pipe Rolls)
Daningbery (1254, Valuation of Norwich)
Danwebiry (Rotuli hundredorum)

Rather the "BURG of Dene’s people" than the "BURG of the people from the valley"

Re: Danbury Hill

This interesting jig was written in the 1970’s by Greg Trice. He was an inspired self-taught pianist and composer, who took up piano accordion to help out the Morris side in Chelmsford, Essex, where he lived and worked. He died in 1993, but a book and CD of his tunes is available from the website hedinghamfair dot co dot uk

They say you’d need two and a half rows on a melodeon to play this tune as written, or of course, a fully chromatic box.

The tune has been played by ceilidh bands in the Nottingham/Leicester area since the 1980’s or perhaps earlier. The A music is constructed on a "circle-of-fifths" chord sequence, and the chromatically descending tune of the B music is possibly an interesting challenge on some instruments.