Bellingham Boat jig

Also known as The Bellingham Boat.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Bellingham Boat has been added to 2 tune sets.

Bellingham Boat has been added to 22 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Bellingham Boat
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bc|ded cAF|GAG G2B|dcc dBB|BAA ABc|
~d3 cAF|~G3 G2c|B/c/dB cAF|GAG G:|
|:Bc|ded def|gag gfe|dbb caa|Bgg ABc|
~d3 def|~g3 gfg|afd ge^c|d3 d:|
X: 2
T: Bellingham Boat
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
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:|
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||
X: 3
T: Bellingham Boat
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
ABc|:ded cAF|AGF G2B|dcc cBB|B2A ABc|
ded cAF|AGF G2c|BdB cAF|G2A B2c:|
|:d3 def|g3 gfe|~d3 ~c3|~B3 ABc|
d^cd def|g3 gfg|afd ge^c|d2A B2c:|
# Added by DaveF .

Seven comments

Bellingham Boat

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.

Pronounced “Bellinjum” by the way

Bellingham Boat

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.
Noel Jackson
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