All Hands Upon Deck reel

Also known as Jimmy At The Helm.

All Hands Upon Deck has been added to 11 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: All Hands Upon Deck
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d2fg a2fd|ecBc Aeef|defg ^gafd|1 edcB Addc:|2 edcB Add2||
F2EF DddF|G2FG EeeG|F2EF Dddf|ebag fdd2|
F2EF DddF|G2FG Eeeg|fagf gbag|(3fga ea fddc||
X: 2
T: All Hands Upon Deck
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d2fg a2fd|cecA Aeef|defg ^gafd|edcB Add2:|
~F2ED DddF|~G2FE EeeG|GFED Dddf|ebag fdd2|
~F2ED DddF|~G2FE Eeeg|fagf gbag|faea fdd2||

Three comments

All Hands Upon Deck

Northumbrian single reel. This appeared in Robert Topliff’s book which was published around 1815. The abc for that version is below:

|:d2fg a2fd|cecA Aeef|defg ^gafd|edcB Add2:|
~F2ED DddF|~G2FE EeeG|GFED Dddf|ebag fdd2|
~F2ED DddF|~G2FE Eeeg|fagf gbag|faea fdd2||

This was the version copied for use in the minstrelsy in the late 19th century.

This tune is played by bands in the northeast, including Noel Jackson’s band Angels Of The North - am I right Noel?

According to the fiddler’s companion, this reel goes by the name of "Jimmy At The Helm" in the Shetlands. Does anyone here know it by that name. It may turn out to be a Shetland tune.

All Hands on Deck

Here’s a rarity - a Northumbrian reel. As its in Topliff,I suspect it started in the borders and gotexported toShetland rather than vice-versa.

The Angels play it with Morpeth Lasses and another tune which I am too far down the bottle to remember. We do these as a lively listening set as there aren’t many NE dances which work well to reels.
Noel

Noel, you play them with Stagshaw Bank Fair, remember? 🙂