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Emily, Tom Clough composed it, sometimes its played as a march at other times a hornpipe.
Northumberland is Northumbria, its the same place. Officially the are is Northumberland near Newcastle, at one time a 1000 years ago it was a seperate kingdom ruled ny its own monarch, like all the rest of the UK, the kingdom in which I live for instance was called Lancashire and still is but its a county now, in fact the part I live in is now Merseyside which is the Liverpool area, just over the sea from Ireland which is why its full of Irish who landed at Holyhead and settled in Liverpool as did the Irish half of my own family. England was divided up into kingdoms which became Counties like wessex, sussex, Norfolk they were all kingdoms in there own right which were united under Aethelstan who was the first king of England, it was at that time Saxon and viking but was united as one whole, my own real surname which I dont publish anywhere on the net on the Enlish side is Saxon in origin and goes back directly to this time
Here is a great link to musical roots and sheet music which is free to read and play, and also has a good deal of history.
You may or may not find it interesting.
I appreciate all the info - so, this is was a piper tune! I see it's also known as 'Nancy Clough'. It's really growing on me.
Great site, have you gotten your hands on a copy of "Pete Loud's Collection of Northumbrian, Tyneside and other Traditional Tunes for the Fiddle"?
In the 'freebies', I randomly checked out a few & already found one that isn't available at thesession.org - and another tune is a version not found at the session, so definitely worth looking at!
I told myself I wouldn't buy anymore books - I have way more than I 'need'. (lol) ...and I shouldn't be thinking of emailing Pete to see if he still sells any copies, but I might be tempted. 😊
Greg, some belters on there isnt there, sometimes though I think when do you stop learning them, there are so many. I no longer have time to go through the tunes I know, I have about thirty that are memorised, and I have started just playing them from the sheet, the last two I memorised have been the wren party one, which to be fair is an easy tune, and just done Crested hen and memorised it, largely down to you and others mentioning it. More or less stopped doing classical, except to pràctice in third position, as I believe jigs and the like are much better for intonation practice, only my opinion of course, but it works for me.
Emily, thought you would like that list, I imagined your delight seeing some of them on there when I posted it, a lot are different to anywhere else on the net, which I think is good, gives a different perspective.
I know you collect tunes like a ravenous wolf and thought that will keep you busy for a while.
Havent got his book I also have too many already, everytime I see a new one I am buying them so I have had to stop.
Just near were I live there is a large antique and second hand warehouse, and one of the stalls is full of sheet music and books for viola and violin dating back a hundred years, none of it costing more than a few dollars, you would have a field day in there.