A request.This is a mixture of the Battlefield Band’s and Sharron Shannon’s versions,with a touch of Fisher’s Hornpipe.
It’s a hornpipe.
The Battlefield Band play it fast, and Sharron Shannon’s version isn’t exactly slow either.She plays it the in the same fashion that De Dannan play a lot of their reels,in that dotted eighth rythym ,halfway between a reel and a hornpipe.
Miss Thompson’s Hornpipe
The standard version from the northeast is slightly different:
|:(3ABc|d2df edcB|A2AB AGFE|DFAF DGBG|DFAF GFED|
d2df edcB|A2AB AGFE|DFAd fedc|d2dc d2:|
|:cd|ecec Acec|fdfd Adfd|gege fdfd|edcB A2DG|
BGBG DGBd|AFAF DFAd|FAde fedc|d2dc d2:|
Roger Landes just taught me this at Skenachy, and said that it’s hornpipe from the Northumbrian piping tradition. Great tune!
it’s amazing how many these days play it as a reel in sessions just because theyv’e heard sharon shannon play it that way…doh !
this is so obviously originally a hornpipe, it’s so rigid and unatural to play as a reel, (totally kills the tune). it’s full of the typical lines of a north-west or north-east english hornpipe.
Miss Thompson’s Hornpipe
Hear a version almost exactly as given by Dr Dow on ‘track’ 8 here: http://www.folknortheast.com/radio-farne/radio-farne/programme-eight
The mp3 link opens as a playlist in Windows Media Player.
C: Errington Thompson ?
Cover note info in the Comments for this recording https://thesession.org/recordings/display/4241 gives composer as Errington Thompson.
“Bonny North Tyne: Nothumbrian Country Music”
Notes on this ~ from the back of the LP jacket:
"The Sheffield Hornpipe", "Miss Thompson’s Hornpipe", "Liddle’s Hornpipe" are all to be found in "The Charlton Memorial Tunebook", published by The Northumbrian Pipers’ Society, and a very popular source of material for Northeaster Musicians. "Miss Thompson’s" and "Liddle’s" were composed by Errington Thompson, the maker of Joe Hutton’s pipes."
From the notes by Tony Wilson and A.L. Lloyd.
X: 3 “Miss Thompson’s Hornpipe”
S: Chorley Traditional Music Sessions: Slow and Steady Workshop Volume 1, page 4
“Miss Thompson’s Hornpipe”
We used to play this straight and at a good clip for contras in the North American fashion of playing hornpipes, but we still called it a hornpipe, and the basic structure of it, straight or swung, defines that clearly…
Re: Miss Thompson’s
Pauline Cato’s book "Northumbrian Choice" has Miss Thompson (hornpipe) and lots of other beautiful tunes
from the North East as well as some tunes commonly played there. Primarily for pipers but plenty to find for
other instruments. Advice about buying and playing bagpipes too.