I heard this on "Take The Floor" on the 23rd Nov 2019 played by Alan Crookston Scottish Dance Band
I thought that this tune would go well on the Northumbrian pipes.
This is a very popular Scottish tune and I was quite surprised it wasn’t here before.
It actually has been posted already https://thesession.org/tunes/18230 but as a barn dance. Even so, it was only just three months ago. Very odd.
The tune is very common in Scottish Dance/ceilidh band repertoires and in Fiddle Societies etc. It fits in well with "Petronella" type sets and so on.
I’m sure I’ve come across this before but under another title - which, of course, I just can’t call to mind though I must have played it a hundred times. How annoying is that? The version I know (which I think may be North-Eastern) is as notated in the setting Johnny Jay refers to, with a B part that ‘wraps round’ to close the repeat with the same 4 bars as the A. Anyone got another name for it?
The version I play is slightly different to both but more like the one submitted today by Mike. I’ll maybe post it tomorrow.
It may well be a NE of England tune originally. It does have that feel to it but, as I say, it has been extremely popular in Scotland for a very long time in dance sets. I also play it in a "Dashing White Sergeant" tune set.
It would also appear to be known as "The York Hornpipe"
There is a "York" here but it’s a different tune.
Ah! It’s come back to me … This tune is in The Fiddler’s Tune Book Vol 2 (Ed. Peter Kennedy, 1954) under the title ‘The West End’.
Like Nigel who has commented on "The West Hornpipe", I can see similarities but I’m not convinced they are the same tune. Maybe a common ancestry, posibly?
The second half seems quite different. In Scotland, Kirk’s is usually played fairly fast and often at a reel pace and has a less "dotted" feel even although it gets referred to as a hornpipe.
Any update on your thoughts, Nigel, if you are reading this?
I should add that I agree that the setting you submitted is very similar to Kirk’s but seems quite different from the other settings of "The West End" and the one I play.