A really cute Northumbrian jig I learnt from my dad. The 1st line of each part I’ve left ‘noted’, and the 2nd line as roll variants.
I can’t help noticing similarities between this and the Luck Penny https://thesession.org/tunes/1334.
Pronounced "Bellinjum" by the way
Great tune and one of the few genuine Northumbrian Jigs. Most others are two-steps. Listen to the High Level Ranters before you even attempt to play it as its not the same as any other version of 6.8 you have heard anywhere else.
The Angels play this as the bridge between the hornpipes and slipjigs in our set for Drops of Brandy / Strip the Willow.
Angels of the North
“Bellingham Boat” ~ attributed to Robert Whinham
"Remember Me: The Fiddle Music of Robert Whinham"
Researched, compiled and edited, with history, notes and photos ~ by Graham Dixon
Wallace Music, 1995
In the liner notes for the recording "Northumberland Forever" by the High Level Ranters it says ~
"The pages of a music book are rather like a tomb and we like to think that we ‘resurrected’ this grand jig from the "Pipers’ Society Tune Book". It’s composition is attributed to a formerly well known local musician called Whinham whose name is also perpetuated by a reel elsewhere on this record. ("Whinham’s Reel") ~ "
Graham Dixon’s transcription is from a manuscript in the Beamish Museum dated 1883, of an L. Baty. While this tune isn’t named as one of Whinham’s, that doesn’t necessarily mean it wasn’t, and the manuscript contains other tunes believed to be Robert Whinham compositions.
Further on the name ~
"Bellingham is the main settlement of the North Tyne, with a population of approximately 1,000." ~ Graham Dixon, 1995
ROBERT WHINHAM WEEK! ~ “The Bellingham Boat” ~ some other possibilities
T: The Bellingham Boat
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d2 d cAF | A>GF G2 B | dcc cBB | BAA A2 B/c/ |
d2 d cAF | G>AF G2 c | B<dB cAF | G3- G2 :|
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d2 d def | g2 g gfe | dbb caa | Bgg AA/B/c |
d2 d def | g3- g2 f/e/ | a>fd g>e^c |[1 d3- d2 :|[2 de^c d2 ||