The Linhope Loup hornpipe

Also known as Linehope Loup.

The Linhope Loup has been added to 1 tune set.

The Linhope Loup has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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T: The Linhope Loup
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
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Linhope Loup

A tune from NE England. A favourite on the Northhumbrian smallpipes, but a pleasant "bouncy" tune on most trad instuments.

I’ve submitted it as a "hornpipe", but it’s really a "rant" tune - i.e. a tune with the same structure as a hornpipe, but normally played with little or no "swing".


My understanding is that "loup" is a type of dance.

I also believe that "loup" can be used as a verb: "to loup" = "to dance".

No doubt someone expert in the dialects of NE England ("Geordie" etc.) will be able to clarify this.

Linhope Loup

This is a great Willy Taylor tune and its not a rant, its a Schottische.
We would use it for Canadian Barn Dance or a Kielder Schottische.

Linhope Spout is a waterfall that is a noted beauty spot.

A loup is not a dance and its not a commonly used word in the NE. My understanding is that it is synonymous with lope, ie a fast ambling walk. perhaps WT thought that the tune was reminiscent of a pleasant wander up the Ingram valley to the waterfall.

Noel . Angels of the North

Thanks for the info, noelbats. I hadn’t realised that the tune was of known authorship. Over the years, you hear many tunes, and you don’t always consider the origin of them.

If Willy Taylor said that it is a schottische, then a schottische it is. However, when I said that it was a "rant" tune, I meant that it would be ideal for use with the NE dance of that name. That is, if played with no "swing", a heavily accentuated first beat, and a fairly heavily accentuated third beat.

Further to to the possible useage of the word "loup", I subsequently came across the use of the word in the song: "Hogmanay".

Could "loup to the pipin’" perhaps mean "dance to the piping"?

We’ve three bonnie bottles, but the third ane’s toom,
Gin’ the road ran whisky, it’s mysel’ wad soom!
But we’ll stan’ while we can, an’ be dancin’ while we may,
For there’s twa we hae to finish, an’ it’s Hogmanay.
Geordie Faa! Geordie Faa!
There’s an auld carle glow’rin’ oot ahint yon wa’,
But we’ll sune gar him loup to the pipin’ till he coup,
For we’ll gi’e him just a drappie, an’ he’ll no say na!

With or without swing

‘Noelb’ would you play that with or without swing for the "Kielder Schottishe" and would you let me have the dance notation? what sort of stepping would be used, if any?
Any history on the dance would also be interesting. Thanks in anticipation.

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Linhope Loup

This appears as "Linhope Lope" in e.g. the Northumbrian Pipers Tunebook.
Willy Taylor didn’t write it, but he played it a lot. He told me once that the tune used to be called something else, but years ago (in the fifties, I think) a local musician was being recorded by the BBC and wanted more tunes; he renamed this one, and was associated with it as one of his for a time. It’s probably a good thing I’ve forgotten who the other musician was. The usual story - the collector wants tunes /. information about dances / whatever - the local musicians/dancers want to help and do their best to supply them. Still happening today I gather!

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Pronounced ‘lowp’ (diphthong as in ‘cow’ not ‘coo’), literal meaning is ‘leap’, with a frequent implication of ‘dance’.

This tune sounds like a typical ballroom polka by origin, the sort of tune that ‘went native’, acquired a new name and function.

Kielder Schottische

I think we always play schottisches with a swing. i don’t think I’ve ever heard on played flat so wouldn’t know how to do that.

Kielder Schottische.
Step-hop throughout.

Bars 1-4:

Kielder Schottische

I was puzzled by how you could play a schottische without swing , so i think you can safely say we swing ours for all schottische dances.

Kielder Schottische. Step hop throughout.
Circles of three.
bars 1-4: circle left 8 steps
bars 5-8: circle right 8 steps
Open circle to make lines of three facing in ballroom direction
bars 9-12: L person through arch made by middle and R.
bars 13-16: R person through arch made by middle & L.

Not much to it as a dance. I always feel it needs another 16 bars of action to stop it from being boring.


Linnup Lowp!

The Linhope Loup is also (incorrectly) spelled as Linehope Lope (and simply Linhope, in Mike Raven’s 1,000 English Country Dance Tunes). It’s pronounced "Linnup Lowp". The lowp in this instance being a jump or leap, either the leap the Linhope Spout waterfall makes, or the leap you make to jump the stream at that point (as I believe Willie Taylor himself sometimes used to do, on his way home from playing at dances in the area, when he was shepherding at a remote farm in the valley).

I wasn’t aware of the story when I first learned the tune (from Pete Coe) but I have always automatically played it (on tin whistle) with a syncopated phrase in the 2nd full bar of the A music, and often in the first full bar of the B, making it very jumpy. I’ve posted the abc here under "Linnup Lowp (Linhope Loup).

It’s related to the Original Schottische/ Bielbie’s/ Green Bay Hornpipe family of tunes, as shown in Barry Callaghan’s Hardcore English tunebook, and first appeared in the 1850s, long before Willie Taylor. Tunes are always losing their names and picking up new ones!


Is it a tributary of the Amazon?!…

The rather hectically-coloured photo of Linhope Spout in the link made me think of scenery in Werner Herzog’s films about supremacist conquistadores going mad in the rain-forest.

I’ve been there just the once. It looked rather more appealing than the photo.

"Lively as a lop" remains an expression in currency. A "lop" is a flea - the word must be related to "loup".

Si is right about the meaning of loup/lowp. It’s not synonymous with "lope" as Noel said. Loup literally means "leap" or "jump" in Northumbrian/Borders dialect. "Loup" is also used as a word for waterfall, just as "leap" is used for waterfall in Scotland. I think it’s used in that way because it describes the motion of the water rather than a potential cliff to jump from!

Incidentally, the Scots/Northumbrians took the word to the colonies, and near where I live in Sydney there’s a waterfall called "Govett’s Leap". Like you lot, the Aussies aren’t very well up on Scottish dialect, so they made up a legend to explain the meaning of "leap". According to the legend, a bushranger called Govett robbed a bank in Blackheath, which is the nearest town to the waterfall. He was chased to the end of the ridge and, rather than give himself up, he rode over the edge. The gold he had nicked is still there of course, at the bottom of the waterfall. Go here for a pic of the waterfall

And yes, this is a schottische/barndance.

Willy Taylor’s other compositions on site here, with further comment ~

"Shirley’s" ~ reel
Submitted on December 7th 2002 by Dow.

"The Pearl Wedding" ~ reel
Submitted on December 8th 2002 by Dow.

"Tich’s" ~ reel
Submitted on December 9th 2002 by Dow.

"Snowy Monday" ~ jig
Submitted on December 17th 2002 by Dow.

"Willy Taylor’s Polka"
Submitted on August 31st 2004 by snowyowl.

"Farewell to the Dene" ~ schottische / barndance
Submitted on June 10th 2005 by Dow.

"The Shining Pool" ~ hornpipe
Submitted on June 13th 2005 by Dow.

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

"Nancy Taylor’s" ~ reel
Submitted on December 15th 2005 by alexboydell.

"Willy Taylor’s Jig"
Submitted on November 28th 2006 by Dow.

"Christine Taylor’s Jig"
Submitted on February 8th 2007 by JACKB.

Oops! ~ tired I am. I was sure I was on another page. This is "The Linehope Loop"… 😏

‘Linhope’ without the extra e… 😛