Earl Gray strathspey

By James Hill

Also known as Earl Grey, The Earl Grey.

There are 26 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Earl Gray has been added to 6 tune sets.

Earl Gray has been added to 72 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Earl Gray
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A>B A>E F<A E>c|d>B (3cBA G<B (3BcB|
A>B A>E F<A E>c|1 (3def (3efg (3aed (3cdB:|2 (3def (3efg a<A a>g||
a>A g>A f>A e>c|d>B (3cBA G<B B>g|a>A g>A f>A e>c|
(3def (3efg a<A a>g|(3afa (3geg (3fdf (3ece|d>B (3cBA G<B (3BcB|
A>B A>E F<A E>c|(3def (3efg (3aed (3cdB||

Fifteen comments

Source: Seamus Connolly - here and there
Transcription: gmp

The Earl Grey

A James Hill tune. As far as I know, it should be spelt “Grey”. Like a lot of his other compositions (e.g. The Hawk), this was named after a pub. For more info see http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/EA_EG.htm.

Come on Dow this just has to be a cup of tea - don’t care what the Fiddler’s Companion says. Anyone else for a cuppa 🙂

Yeah, the prime minister and this tune were both named after the tea 🙂 Hey you’ve just given me a great idea for a set: this, into that reel that’s a bit like the Merry Harriers - https://thesession.org/tunes/3038.

I prefer Lady Grey to the Earl, less of the old cigar and a touch of citrus…

I prefer black coffee 🙂

If it’s preference were on about ~ a good rum will do nicely… :-|

Composer: James Hill
Manuscript date: 1900

The link above is to a manuscript copy for the tune, the final draft, written in the hand of Gavin Greig for inclusion in Scott Skinner’s collection, page 94, of “The Harp and Claymore Collection”, as provided to the publisher Bayley and Ferguson, of London and Glasgow…

Aaahhh, I’m sure feasting my eyes on that beautiful old manuscript just added a few hours onto my life.

Dorian Gray,, oops, I mean Grey, no, really, I mean ‘Dow’…

I was horrified today to find a grEy hair on my arm. Well actually it was a white albino hair, but if I’d said that straight away I wouldn’t have been able to tell you it was grEy. Good job it was a hair and not a hare.

Hair, hare, here and there
Seamus Connolly, if you dare
Earl Grey we’ll have a cup
Just pour it in and stir it up
Cup of tea
For me and ‘c’
And a drop of rum
We’ll have a dance
And a song or two
Or just give us a tune
That’ll do

Earl Grey

Good tune. Angels play this as a flat Cumbrian hornpipe and link it with Whitehaven Volunteers for the Gay Gordons.
It fairly rocks along.

Angels of the North