Cheviot Blast jig

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Cheviot Blast
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
Aee dee|gee dee|Aee dee|Bgg fed|
Aee dee|gBg fdd|Aee gee|1 dgB A2e:|2 dgB A3||
|:eaa caa|Bgg fdd|eaa Agf|eBe dGB|
eaa caa|gBg fdd|egg Bgg|1 egB A3:|2 egB A2d||
|:eAe AeA|eAe dBB|eAe AeA|Bgg fed|
eAe AeA|eAe dBB|eaa gee|1 dgB A2d:|2 dgB A2g||
|:acc gBB|acc Bdg|acc gBB|GBg fdd|
acc gBB|a2a fdd|egg Bgg|1 egB A2g:|2 egB A2e||

Three comments

Cheviot Blast

Composed by Ian Hardie, presumably as a fiddle tune since that’s the instrument he plays it on, but I wonder if he also plays it on pipes. It’d make a great GHB/SSP/Border pipes tune. More “Borders” than “Northumbrian”, this one, I reckon. It’s apparently been recorded by Fintan Vallely, so there’s your Irish connection if you need one.

The modern, local pronunciation is “Chee-viot”. You’ll find other ways of pronouncing it e.g. “Cheh-viot”, “Sheh-viot” etc for placenames in the US and NZ, and also to refer to a type of sheep and type of cloth, but these were all named after the hills on the English/Scottish border anyway. That said, I’m not sure whether any of these variants indicate an earlier pronunciation or whether they’re all just corruptions of the original.