Whittingham Green Lane waltz

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Whittingham Green Lane has been added to 14 tunebooks.

Download ABC

One setting

X: 1
T: Whittingham Green Lane
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BA|:G3 B d2|g4 f2|f6|e4 G2|F3 A c2|e4 d2|B6|
B4 BA|G3 B d2|g4 f2|f6|e4 G2|F3 A c2|e2 d2 F2|G6|1 G4 BA:|2 G4 d2||
|:d4 A2|A2 B3 c|B6|B4 d2|d2 A3 A|A2 d3 c|B6|B2 c2 d2|
e4 e2|c3 B c2|d3 e d2|B2 A2 G2|F2 A3 c|e2 d2 F2|G6|1 G4 d2:|2 G4||

Eight comments

Whittingham Green Lane (Waltz - Air)

This tune was apparently found in a manuscript and then given its submitted name by Northumbrian piper Jack Armstrong many years ago now. (There were two prominent pipers in the last century called Jack Armstrong - I don’t know which one found this tune.)
Whittingham is a little village at the head of the River Aln which in due course flows past Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. The tune has probably been around, and I shouldn’t be surprised if it’s in the database under another name. I’ve put it down more or less as Kathryn Tickell plays it on her album "The Northumberland Collection". I’ve always heard it played as a rhythmic slow air rather than as a real waltz, and certainly prefer it that way.

It was also recorded by Northumbrian mountain dulcimer player, the late Phil Ranson.

Whittingham Green Lane

See also "The Northumbrian Piper’s Tune Book"

Whittingham Green Lane - mistake in music transcription

Bar 9 should read: G3 B d2 - the same as Bar 1 of the tune.

(Not what’s gone into the sheet music - D3 F A2)

I’ve changed the ABC’s.

"Whittingham Green Lane" ~ C: Alice Ellis

Who also played harp…


Alice ELLIS, the composer of WHITTINGHAM GREEN LANE and THE COTT, accompanied Jack (Armstrong - Northumbrian bagpipes) on the Celtic harp on broadcasts and on a number of recordings for the BBC. MONEY MUSK was his father’s best tune and the one always requested by Jack’s mother.

"Alice ELLIS, the composer of WHITTINGHAM GREEN LANE"….

Not so. It appears in the John Nichol MS, dated before Alice Ellis/Ging was born, as " We’ve lived and loved together". Jack Armstrong is believed to have "recomposed" the second strain.

Looks like more of Peter Kennedy’s misinformation.

The recording of Jack Armstrong’s rendition (with Alice playing harp) seems more like a slow 6/8, as in the earlier Nichol setting.


I wonder whether the Furey’s took inspiration from the (A) part of this tune when writing "The Old Man"