Willie Taylor’s Fiddle reel

Also known as Willy Taylor’s Fiddle.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Willie Taylor's Fiddle has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Willie Taylor's Fiddle
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BA|G2 FG EGDG|GBdg edcB|cBce dBGA|B2A2 A2BA|
G2 FG EGDG|GBdg edBd|cBce dBcA|B2G2 G2:|
Bc|dgfg edBG|Acea fdef|g2fg egdB|B2A2 A2|
[1 Bc|dgfg edBG|Acea fdef|g2fg dBcA|B2G2G2:|
[2 BA|G2FG EGDG|GBdg edcB|cBce dBcA|B2G2G2||

Four comments

Willie Taylor’s Fiddle

I’m afraid I don’t know much about the “provenance” of this tune, other than it’s a Northumbrian reel - added it for two reasons. Firstly, it’s a nice wee tune that I’m trying to learn for a Northumbrian music night, and second because it goes nicely after Shirley’s Reel: https://thesession.org/tunes/1188 written, of course, by Willie Taylor himself.

Willie Taylor’s Fiddle

Published in Pete Loud’s book of Northumbrian tunes

Willie Taylor’s Fiddle

This tune was composed by Lell Robertson of Shetland. I have played this tune for years after I heard it on BBC Radio Scotland in the early 1990s. Willie Taylor from Northumberland was in Shetland and he and Lell had a session at Gordon Jamieson’s house. I think it’s a great tune, originally in the key of A, and remarkably it was Lell’s only composition.

Thanks Nigel - I had the surname Robertson, but no idea of the story behind it! Ah well, another piece of the puzzle slots into place…