Mr Sharp’s Quadrille reel

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Mr Sharp's Quadrille
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
c/d/|:ec f/e/d/c/ eAA c/d/|eA e2 d/c/ dBB c/d/|
eAcA eAcA|d/e/f/d/ c/d/e/c/ dBBc/d/:|
eaca eAAc/d/|eaca fBBc/d/|eaca eAcA|d/e/f/d/ c/d/e/c/ dBB:|
X: 2
T: Mr Sharp's Quadrille
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:cd|e2 c2 fedc|e2 A2 A2 cd|e2 A2 e2 dc|d2 B2 B2 cd|
e2 A2 c2 A2|e2 A2 c2 A2|defd cdec|d2 B2 B2:|
|:cd|e2 a2 c2 a2|e2 A2 A2 cd|e2 a2 c2 a2|f2 B2 B2 cd|
e2 a2 c2 a2|e2 A2 c2 A2|defd cdec|d2 B2 B2:|
X: 3
T: Mr Sharp's Quadrille
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:c/d/|ec f/e/d/c/|eA Ac/d/|eA ed/c/|dB Bc/d/|
eA cA|eA cA|d/e/f/d/ c/d/e/c/|dB B:|
|:c/d/|ea ca|eA Ac/d/|ea ca|fB Bc/d/|
ea ca|eA cA|d/e/f/d/ c/d/e/c/|dB B:|

Thirteen comments

Mr Sharp’s Quadrille

This is another Rant I enjoy ~written by Robert Lightfoot. I play it in A as written here on the fiddle,but in the C.M.B it is in G. Robert Lightfoot came from Harlow Hill (near Hadrian’s Wall) and wrote it is believed between 1830 and 1860. There are more of his tunes in books published by the Northumbrian Pipers Society.

Izzit just me, or is the rhythm a bit off balance?


I just think it should be notated in 2/4. A good tune. I have been playing it with my Band a long time time ago ans still like it.

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2/4, 4/4

I don’t think it makes any difference whether it’s notated in 2/4 or 4/4 - just a matter of convention. Nothing wrong with the rhythm as far as I can see - Bob, izzjussyou.

Would this qualify as the ‘other’ type of single reel, referred to in a recent (and earlier) discussion(s)? I know it’s a ‘rant’ in Northumbrian/Bordars terminology, but in Ireland that term probably has more psychiatric than musical/dance associations.

Okay, what’s throwing me off balance is that the second full measure of the A part is a bit too full. I count nine beats. Then the last measure of the B part is missing pickup notes for the repeat, so it has only seven beats, so maybe it all evens out in the end?

Bob - I can see what you’re saying. It also doesn’t help that there is a lack of clarity in displaying semiquaver groupings - the beams sometimes get eclipsed by the lines of thestave. I think Jeremy made improvements at some point, but for reasons best known to himself, it seems to be back how it was again.

I had a truck once that ran like this tune,
until I change the plugs.

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Another occurrence

There’s a Mr. Sharp’s Quadrille in the Community Dances Manual #7 from the Country Song and Dance Society. That version is in either A dorian or in G major; I’m not good enough to always know the difference. The attribution there is “From ‘The Charlton Memorial Tune Book’”. No mention of Robert Lightfoot. Anyone heard of The Charlton Memorial Tune Book?

Timing fixes

I haven’t ever played this tune but, to fix the timing I would play the following.
1. the second bar with the 2nd E (quarter note) should probably be an eighth note.
2. the last bar should probably include two pick up notes at the end, a C sixteenth note and a D sixteenth, exactly the same as the pick up notes at the beginning except you are repeating back into the second part.

Go to Berwick Johnny?

This tune seems to be a version of Go to Berwick Johnny which is more widely known in Northumbria and the Borders.

Rubbish! It’s nothing like it. It’s not even in the same time sig.