The Warksburn waltz

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The Warksburn has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Warksburn has been added to 18 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Warksburn
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2|:G2 B2 e2|d2 B2 G2|c4 E2|E4 G2|
F2 G2 A2|E2 F2 D2|G4 B2|D4 D2|
G2 B2 e2|d2 B2 G2|c4 E2|E4 G2|
F2 G2 A2|E2 F2 D2|G6|1 G4 D2:|2 G4 Bc||
|:d4 B2|g4 B2|d2 c2 B2|A4 B2|
c4 A2|f4 e2|e2 d2 c2|B4 c2|
d4 B2|g4 B2|d2 c2 B2|A4 d2|
f2 e2 d2|c2 B2 A2|G6|1 G4 B2:|2 G4||

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The Warksburn Waltz

A waltz written perhaps by the Northumbrian fiddler and composer Robert Whinham, who lived through most of the c19.
Warksburn is or was a parish; it is now embedded in the vast expanse of Kielder Forest. It is also the name of a stream.

Is this the only waltz attributed to Whinham? I have never heard of any others.

The Northumbrian Pipers’ Second Tune Book says, “attributed to Whinham” - that’s all I’m going on. I can’t get to the most promising -looking website that mentions him. I gather there’s now a book of his tunes (“Remember Me”) out now, but haven’t got it.

“Remember Me: The Fiddle Music of Robert Whinham”

Compiled and edited by Graham Dixon
Wallace Music, 1995
ISBN: 0-9511572-1-3

“Tunes with uncertain attribution to Robery Whinham”:

Page69: “Warksburn Waltz”, source George Heppie

“This was the first tune George Heppie heard on the fiddle when he was a small boy. It was played by Christopher Lieddel whose manuscript is an important source of Whinham’s tunes, and attributed to Whinham by him. ~ ‘The Warksburn Waltz’ was always played for a ‘Spanish Waltz’. The Warksburn flows from the Wark Forest and joins the River North Tyne to the south of the village of Wark.” ~ Graham Dixon

“The Warksburn Waltz” ~ Robert Whinham

Except for the one first ending ~ [1 G4 B2 :| ~ this is note for note as it appears in the book…

Re: The Warksburn

From The Guardian Country Diary, a nice description and photo of The Warksburn by Susie White, Mon 11 Jan 2021. “Country diary: going with the flow through the Debatable Lands”
Photo caption: Warksburn, Northumberland: The river twists and loops through a landscape steeped in history

This tune is on two Kathryn Tickell CDs (though not her CD ‘Debateable Lands’) (or maybe debatable … as is the spelling, apparently)

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