I wrote this reel. (I hope I’m doing enough "penance" by submitting my share of established tunes. But as I buy few CD’s I’m unlikely to find many Irish ones that haven’t already gone in…)
The Bollihope Burn is a hill stream that is a tributary of the River Wear in the West of County Durham (England). Its valley features deserted limestone quarries that are now beauty spots, and provided a black fossil-bearing stone called "Frosterley Marble", much used in Durham Cathedral and other churches, et cetera.
Loving your tune!
In fact, one of the groups I play in has added this tune into one of our existing sets, which we like to call "The Burns Set". Automatically audiences think that it is going to be songs by Robert Burns, but soon find out that the tunes all have "burn" in the name! hehe
The set is:
Laxo Burn (Shetland tune)
Sandieburn (another Shetland tune)
The Barrowburn (Addie Harper tune)
Bollihope Burn (your tune!)
I should add, the name’s pronounced "BOLL-y-up", stressed on the first syllable.
I like your 2d part best. Your first part is more hornpipe than reel to my ear:
de|:fedf edBA|FAEA FAEF|DFAF … is too ‘down beat’,
Wouldn’t something like; f3e fedf|edBA FAEF|DFAF… be more appropriate for a reel, as well as being more ‘offbeat’?