Neil Taylor’s jig

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Neil Taylor's has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Neil Taylor's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:d|gag gdB|cde dBG|DFA Acc|Aed B2d|
gag gdB|cde dBG|fed cAF|DAF G2:|

Five comments

Neil Taylor’s

Written by Willy Taylor for his son.

"Neil Taylor’s" ~ a jig / two-step by Willy Taylor

Yes indeed, those are the notes I have. I should trust my instincts but suffer in general from self-doubt. Thanks for the addition and help… I was so eager to add another Willy Taylor tune for your upcoming birthday celebrations… 😉

I’ve now transcribed the full "Redford Cottage" and will see if I can chase up more information on that tune. I’ve also asked the submitter of the recording "Northumberland Rant", Colin, if he’ll correct track 7 so it will link to the correct transcriptions, meaning not this one. I hope you’ll submit that other recording of one of our shared favourites ~ "The Shepherd’s"…

Hey, any Will Atkinson tunes out there not here? 😏

More joy courtesy of Willy Taylor ~

"Shirley’s" ~ reel
Key signature: A Major
Submitted on December 7th 2002 by Dow.

"The Pearl Wedding" ~ reel
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on December 8th 2002 by Dow.

"Tich’s" ~ reel
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on December 9th 2002 by Dow.

"Snowy Monday" ~ jig
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on December 17th 2002 by Dow.

"Willy Taylor’s Polka"
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on August 31st 2004 by snowyowl.

"Farewell to the Dene" ~ schottische / barndance
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on June 10th 2005 by Dow.

"The Shining Pool" ~ hornpipe
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on June 13th 2005 by Dow.

"Wee Kerry’s Welcome to the Dene" ~ jig/quickstep
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on July 28th 2005 by ceolachan.

"Nancy Taylor’s" ~ reel
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on December 15th 2005 by alexboydell.

"Willy Taylor’s Jig"
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on November 28th 2006 by Dow.

"Christine Taylor’s Jig"
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on February 8th 2007 by JACKB.

"Alistair J. Sim" ~ jig / two-step
Key signature: Gmajor
Submitted on March 20th 2007 by you.

Willy Taylor ~ fiddler & composer

I am so glad for the pleasure of Willy Taylor’s music, tunesmith and fiddler, even though I never had the pleasure of knowing him or his music live. I have enjoyed a couple of ceilidhs back in the 70’s when passing through that area, and maybe he was there, but I was just dancing or listening, not collecting or being my usually inquisitive self. I suspect sleeping rough at the time around Hadrian’s Wall, camping, and hidden in the the bushes of football grounds in Newcastle, had taken a bit of the steam out of me ~ well, really, it would have been the morning wash-ups in cold streams and river beds…

Back to the main focus though, Willy. His family was behind making a musician of him. At around 12 years of age they urged him to take up the fiddle, but this is a case where the teacher almost ruined the child for life. This teacher was by my understanding, reading between various lines, the sort that would have squashed any chance of young Willy keeping with the music or vice versa. As Willy reflects, from an interview printed in the booklet that comes with "Northumberland Rant" ~

"As a stroke of luck for me, this old man (Willy’s first fiddle tutor), went away, turned religious. He got the religious bug, and he went away, and that was the finish of the fiddle."

Fortunately for us that wasn’t the case but it could have been.

The next thing to threaten his future as a musician was the loss of the tip of his index finger on the left hand, work, the snip of a turnip cutter. While this might stop others, it didn’t stop the influence of Willy’s family and with continued encouragement his dad got him a piano accordion. From there he also tried the mandolin and the concertina, eventually returning to the fiddle when in his late teens. Living near inspiration was a good thing, and in this case it was the Northumbrian / Borders fiddler George Armstrong who nurtured young Taylor’s ears and appreciation, Willy developing his own way with three fingers and the bow, Willy Taylor becoming what is one of my favourite fiddlers… The dance in his music rings through clearly…

So, the moral of the story ~ that teachers can be cack and can destroy your chances of developing a clear and rewarding appreciation and relationship with music? I’ve known and suffered a few. It shows us how a supportive and encouraging family can be your salvation? Yes, but the contrary is also possible. There was also the luck of living near and being taught by an understanding character, someone who is willing to share and pass on their love, appreciation and talent, ‘tradition’. Willy lucked out, he had all this, parents who cared and a great mentor, someone that was not just a fine fiddler, but also, obviously, from the results, a great teacher and friend. (Was George Armstrong ever recorded?)…

But let’s not forget another aspect of health as far as ‘tradition’ is concerned ~ the community, the context that all this took place in. Willy’s luck included this too, a community rich in dance and dance music, where dances were a regular thing and where Willy was often there and welcomed to add his music and humor and to develop further in his fiddling, understanding and appreciation ~ as well as inspiring future generations…