Ellenroad Mill three-two

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X: 1
T: Ellenroad Mill
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B2 G2 G2 D2 B2 G2|c2 A2 A2 e2 dcBA|B2 G2 G2 E2 c2 B2|A2 G2 F2 G2 A4:|
E2 F2 F2 G2 G2 c2|B2 G2 G2 D2 D2 B2|A2 F2 F2 D2 D2 A2|B2 G2 G2 D2 D4|
C2 E2 E2 G2 F4|G2 B2 d2 e2 dcBA|B2 G2 G2 E2 A4|G2 F2 E2 F2 G4||

Four comments

Ellenroad Mill

This tune more or less wrote itself in two bursts last year and I’ve been keen to share it more widely - not that there’s anything particularly unusual about it (though the slightly irregular phrase feel in the B part is intentional), but I’ve always been pleased with how it hangs together. I think I’d been bashing through the three-two hornpipes in Pete Cooper’s ‘English Fiddle Tunes’ collection and so had those whirling round my mind.

I know that adding our own compositions isn’t fully in the spirit of this site and if people take exception then I’ll remove it - but in the meantime I’ve already found a few tunes and variants to add to the site as my ‘penance’, as Jeremy dubs it! I will get on with adding these over the coming weeks.

I live just up the road from where the Ellenroad Mill stood in Newhey, which is in the borough of Rochdale. The mill has been demolished but they left the chimney and engine house, and on the first Sunday of each month you can see the steam engine in action; it is said to be the world’s largest working steam mill engine (https://www.ellenroad.org.uk/). The only other tune I can think of that notes this particular corner of the world is the Rochdale Coconut Dance, so the title for my tune seemed a fitting tribute to a bit of local history.

I enjoy slurring a lot of the crotchet pairs together to really separate the many repeated pitches. If I’m feeling brave I’ll add a video of me playing it as I imagine it (especially as the MIDI audio fairly well flies through it) - that alone would be penance enough!

Re: Ellenroad Mill

As promised, here’s a recording of it that (hopefully) transcends what MIDI can do!


I’ve stuck it after The Dusty Miller and The Rusty Gulley to get a bit of a run-up. Not overly elaborate settings of the three, but I suppose I was playing it safe as this was the most satisfactory of numerous takes! Sorry for some duff notes etc., and I know I have a long way to go in terms of style - I’m working on it…

Re: Ellenroad Mill

Hello from over the hill (Halifax). After a lifetime of Irish tunes I am branching out during the lockdowns into other stuff, including English 3/2 tunes. Yours is a good one and I like the set you have put together in your video. Keep them coming!

Re: Ellenroad Mill

Hi straysider, thanks for your comments - I’m glad you like it! I mainly play Irish too but do really enjoy exploring the related bodies of tunes, and there’s something about 3/2 hornpipes that I find really fun to play around with (perhaps not best demonstrated in the video).
I don’t think I’ll be adding any more stuff by myself anytime soon - partly because I already feel a bit naughty and also because I rarely put together trad-style tunes (I actually write more choral music!), but I may be brave and start adding more renditions of things to YouTube and share on this site where it seems appropriate - I think I need to do more of that to get more self-critical with my playing and potentially get feedback. What do you play?