Since I have been endeavoring to learn The Beeswing as played by Kathryn Tickell, I thought I should learn The Skate hornpipe as she plays the two as a set on her album, "On Kielder Side". I couldn’t find the ABC for it, but I found the FARNE, Folk Archive North East website (http://www.folknortheast.com/) and a manuscript tune book from the mid 1800’s owned by one John Baty that had a neatly notated version of The Skate. The A and B parts are pretty much as Kathryn plays them, while the C part is mentioned as being "unique to this version." The two tunes go together quite well. Enjoy!
Just to clarify, this tune is really in B-flat major, not C Dorian (as I am sure you are aware, Rob). The tune submission form does not offer B-flat as an option, but C Dorian has the same key signature.
Yes, CreadurMawnOrganig, I tried to put in B-flat, but was not offered that option, so I double checked all the rules of posting, and decided that it was going to have to be C Dorian. I also wanted to put in cut time (M:C|) since that is what the original scribe had written, but that didn’t seem to be an option either. Even with all my double and triple checking and playing, I noted when I played the piece this evening, I’d somehow snuck in a bad note in the first measure, so have edited the last note back to a "c" where it belongs. Hopefully, all it needs now is a bunch of practice sessions to get it down right.