Noble Squire Dacre jig

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Noble Squire Dacre has been added to 1 tune set.

Noble Squire Dacre has been added to 11 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Noble Squire Dacre
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|B>AG G>FG|G>AB A2G|c>BA A>BA|c>ec efg|
B>AG G>AG|G>AB A2G|c>ec def|g2B A2G|
BG/A/B/G/ d2G|BG/A/B/G/ d2G|cA/B/c/A/ eA/B/c/A/|cA/B/c/A/ efg|
BG/A/B/G/ d2G|BG/A/B/G/ d2G|cec def|g2B A2G|
2
X: 2
T: Noble Squire Dacre
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B>A G GDG|G>A B A2G|c>B A A<E A|c2 e efg|B>a G G<D G|G>A B A2 G|cec d2e/f/|gdB A3:|gdB AGA|
|:B G/A/B/G/ d G/A/B/G/|B G/A/B/G/ d G/A/B/G/|c A/B/c/A/ e A/B/c/A/|cec e>fg|B G/A/B/G/ d G/A/B/G/|B G/A/B/G/ d G/A/B/G/|cec d2e/f/|gdB A2G/A/:|gdB AGF|G6|G6|

Seven comments

Noble Squire Dacre

This is a Northumbrian pipe tune; though in 6/8, it is not in fact a jig but a slow (though rhythmic) air.
I do not know its history or whether or not it had words to go with it. The Dacre family was a prominent one on the English side of the Anglo-Scottish border, I think in Cumberland.
I entered it on Sept. 10th. as a waltz and made a dog’s breakfast of it. Happily I found it was correctly written as a 6/8 tune, which gave me another chance to put it in.
I’ve copied the sheet music setting out of "Northumbrian Pipers’ Tune Book": it’s not the way I play it, but the tune’s been around longer than I have, so I thought it would be best to submit the standard setting and then put my own treatment of it here, under "comments". It’s a tune that allows for quite a lot of personal improvisation.

I’d play it something like this:

||:B>A G GDG|G>A B A2G|c>B A A<E A|c2 e efg|B>a G G<D G|G>A B A2 G|cec d2e/f/|gdB A3:||gdB AGA|

||:B G/A/B/G/ d G/A/B/G/| B G/A/B/G/ d G/A/B/G/|c A/B/c/A/ e A/B/c/A/|cec e>fg|B G/A/B/G/ d G/A/B/G/ |B G/A/B/G/ d G/A/B/G/|cec d2e/f/| gdB A2G/A/:||gdB AGF| G6 | G6 |

Reminds me of "The Stool of Repentance."

A lovely tune to play as a duet.

It was most likely a Border pipe tune before it made its way into the NSP repertoire. I’ve seen it as "Noble Squire Dacre Came Over the Border". It’s also recorded on the High Level Ranters’ "Northumberland For Ever" and my CD - "Time Out of Mind" (sorry - blatant plug!!!)

OOPS! No it wasn’t on the High Level Ranters’ album - it’s on vinyl on the NSP compilation "The Wild Hills of Wannie" (Topic Records) played by Forster Charlton and Colin Caisley. Apparently Forster refused to play a harmony as he thought the tune was so grand that it should stand alone!

Hi Nicholas. I’ve just come back from holiday and am glad to see it here again in it’s correct setting. Here’s the link to your previous contribution. https://thesession.org/tunes/6181

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Stool of Repentance’

Slainte! I’ve never noticed that closeness before, you’re quite right but one should point out the vast difference in tempo and feel when playing. ‘S of R’ certainly a good vibrant jig but ‘N S D’ is very much a slow lament/air preferably played on smallpipes. It should be listened to and Foster Charlton & Colin Caisey do it great justice. I have a copy of the LP and it contains some super stuff. One of my favourites is Billy Pigg playing ‘The Lark in the Clear Air’.

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