The Ash Plant (Reel) and Drowsy Maggie (Reel).
A swinging set of Irish tunes that never seem to want to finish. In E minor.
A couple of American Reels.
A set of American tunes – sometimes used for nursery-rhyme type songs (“I Found a little baby bumblebee…”), but still really good – cliche’s work!
Old Joe Clark AKA “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll”
A simply beautiful and fairly local waltz.
Burning of the Piper’s Hut
Treble C instruments: Burning of the Piper’s Hut
Bass C instruments: Burning of the Piper’s Hut
Guitar Tab: Burning of the Piper’s Hut
Mandolin Tab: Burning of the Piper’s Hut
Ukulele Tab: Burning of the Pipers Hut Uke
Rochdale Coconut Dance (Reel)
Not danced in Rochdale any more, but here’s some dancers from the Bacup Coco-nutters
L’inconnu de Limoise (Mazurka)
Here’s the mazurka we learned – 1, 2, hop, 1 2 3
Old Lancaster Hornpipe (3/2 Hornpipe)
Cader Idris (Waltz)
A mountain in the south of Snowdonia.
The most widespread explanation for the name of the mountain is based on the fact that Cadair means “chair”. Cadair Idris would thus translate as “the chair of Idris”, and the Idris in question is usually taken to be a giant from Welsh mythology who was said to have used the mountain as an enormous armchair to gaze at the stars
Chanter’s Song (Polka)
Rights of Man (Hornpipe)
Possibly written after the pamphlet by Thomas Paine in 1791, which was influential in supporting the French Revolution and promoting the overthrow of the British monarchy. He poses the argument that popular political revolution is permissible when a government does not safeguard its people, their natural rights and their national interests.
King of the Fairies (Hornpipe)
It’s considered a “non-traditional set” for modern stepdancers, which means that a stepdancer would dance a choreographed set to it rather than one that’s been handed down. In competition dancers would dance first the step (the A part), and then the set (the B part). Because of time constraints, they usually only dance the right foot of the B, so if you’re playing for a dancer’s set, you’d play AAA, B.
The Atholl Highlanders is a Scottish infantry regiment. Based in Blair Atholl, the regiment is not part of the British Army. Instead, the regiment is in the private employ of the Duke of Atholl, making it the United Kingdom’s, and indeed Europe’s, only legal private army.