T: Stagshaw Bank Fair
BGGB cAAc|BGGc Bdgd|BGGB cAAc|1 Bgd^c ded=c:|2 Bgd^c d3e||
|:dBdg eceg|fdef ga (3gfe|dBdg eceg|fdef ~g2fe|
dB~B2 ec~c2|dBGB AFDd|edef ga (3gfe|1 dBcA G3e:|2 dBcA G2dc||
Also known as Stagshaw Bank.
There are 3 recordings of this tune.
Stagshaw Bank Fair has been added to 1 tune set.
Stagshaw Bank Fair has been added to 19 tunebooks.
A nice but maybe slightly obscure Northumbrian tune which I think deserves a bit of limelight.
The last C of the 1st part 1st time through is a C natural.
This tune commemorates what was,until late Victorian times, the largest annual fair in Britain. It was supressed because it became synonymous with drunkeness, debauchery, licentiousness and most things that are fun.There was an enormous problem with petty crime.
Katherine Tickell plays it. Angels of the North link it with All Handson Deck and Morpeth Lasses—cracking16 bar Northumbrian reels all.
Angels of the North
I play it in a set with the Morpeth Lasses in as well funnily enough, which goes: The Morpeth Lasses/Stagshaw Bank Fair/Stay A Wee Bit Bonnie Lad (all available at this site).
This is supposed to be played like a sort of polka. You can hear Kathryn Tickell playing it here:
I prefer to speed these tunes up slightly and swing them like reels.
Some people play the last bar of the A-part with an E, not a D: |Bge^c d…
Also some people play the B-part only once through making it a 16-bar reel as Noel says.