The Herd On The Hill polka

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

The Herd On The Hill has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Herd On The Hill has been added to 37 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Herd On The Hill
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
X: 2
T: The Herd On The Hill
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
a/f/||eA cB/c/|eA Aa/f/|ec cB/c/|fB Bc/d/|e/f/e/d/ cB/A/|ce ac|df Be/d/|cA A:|
|:a2 ef/g/|ae/d/ cB/A/|a2 e/f/e/c/|dB Be|a2 ef/g/|a/e/f/d/ cB/A/|df Be/d/|cA A:|
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X: 3
T: The Herd On The Hill
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bc|dG BA/G/ dG g>e|dG dc/B/ cA AB/c/|
dG BA/G/ dG g>B|cA d/e/d/c/ BG G:|
|:Bc|dg Bg dg GA/B/|cf Af cf AB/c/|
dg Bg dg GA/B/|cA d/e/d/c/ BG G:|
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Sixteen comments

The Herd On The Hill

It’s a Northumbrian, or at any rate Northern English/Lowland Scottish, pipe tune of the kind playable on early Northumbrian pipes or Border pipes limited to an octave or so in range. I don’t know its history or if it has a known composer. “Herd” here might mean a shepherd, which is or was Border Scottish parlance (I don’t know about Northumbrian), but I don’t know for sure.

It’s beautifully done on The Kathryn Tickell Band’s album “Air Dancing”,
an all-out straight rendering of the tune three times through - for me the best thing on the disc: some of the album’s more sophisticated pieces didn’t do a lot for me, though I know how good the band members are as musicians.

Classic dag.

Apparently this is a composition of Tom Clough. I’ve mostly heard the 2nd note of the 3rd bar as a G - |d2G2 d2cB|.

Classic dag, indeed! You know what they say…

…Anything too silly to be said, may be sung;
Anything too silly to be played on anything else, can be got away with
on the Northumbrian pipes.

( Wait till someone submits “Oh dear, what can the matter be?”, with
all the variations!)

I take it this tune serves as a rant, like similar NE tunes.

(No, it wouldn’t have been playable on Border Pipes ’cos their scale has a flat seventh.)

Nicholas, if you want to transcribe it as a 2/4 tune, it would probably be easier to read if you write it the standard way for polkas and 2/4 marches where each note is a quaver, i.e. |dG BA/G/|dG g>e|dG…

OK Alistair, I defer - Noxious, I’ll try to get round to changing the ABC layout.

If you want to change it, it’s best to do it ASAP because once Jeremy has converted it to sheetmusic, it’s set in stone and you can’t edit it, even if you plead with him desperately.

See? Too late.

Flown with the excitement of at last finding the vertical bar on my computer, I’ve submitted grotesque settings of tunes that have promptly come up in the dots - I alter the ABC’s frequently, for what it’s worth. I can see now what O’Neill was up against, as I try to dredge up tunes from what is left of my memory. But the tune I’ve submitted which I most want to see come up in dots - The Keelman Ower The Land, in 3/4 - hasn’t done so, and I don’t know why.

Herd on the Hill

Good tune.
Its Northumbrian, dates from the interwar years (1928 I think off the top of my head) and is by Tom Clough.

Its a rant and thus really in four as the bars are asymetric - and | one, two thre, and |one ,two, three etc.

Angels of the North

Dornach Links

Interesting connection here, I feel, between these two tunes with regard the ‘A’ music. ‘B’ music is quite different.
T: Dornach Links
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: Reel
K: A
a/2f/2 || eA cB/2c/2 | eA Aa/2f/2 | ec cB/2c/2 | fB Bc/2d/2 | e/2f/2e/2d/2 cB/2A/2 | ce ac | df Be/2d/2 | cA A :||
||: a2 ef/2g/2 | ae/2d/2 cB/2A/2 | a2 e/2f/2e/2c/2 | dB Be | a2 ef/2g/2 | a/2e/2f/2d/2 cB/2A/2 | df Be/2d/2 | cA A :||
I am uncertain if this is Scottish or Northumbrian, perhaps a border tune??

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As far as my research here goes Dornach Links is not within the session archive. I collected it over 30 years ago along with a number of Scottish marches.

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