The Champion (hornpipe writer)
The Champion is claimed to be by Northumbrian James Hill and was named not after a racehorse, but after a champion rower in Tyne keel boat competitions.
I agree with your sentiments about James Hill, Geoff, but this tune isn’t James Hill’s Champion hornpipe. David has transcribed this from the fiddle playing of Chuck Fleming and I’m wondering if he can tell us more about the tune…
…Or maybe I’ve just got my names mixed up. Tell us more, Jocklet!
Sorry both of you I *did* have 2 tunes mixed up - I’m thinking of the one on John Carty’s album "Last Night’s Fun". This one David has submitted is the James Hill tune as Geoff said.
No comment needed from me then.
No, not if you really don’t want to tell us where you first heard the tune or why you like it or why you decided to submit it or whatever.
X:2 courtesy of Bill Black, apparently after John Carty? This differs a bit from the original in X:3, which is lifted from the pages of Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, courtesy of Bob Puckette. Carty learned this from an old home recording of Lad O’Bierne; over a century ago it was recorded on cylinder by Charles D’Almaine, house violinist for Thomas Edison’s recording company; D’Almaine also recorded Minnie Foster’s way before traditional musicians took an interest and I’ve always wondered if fiddlers like O’Bierne or Cape Breton’s Angus Chisholm didn’t have the odd record of D’Almaine kicking around.