Folk Group Term 32

20/09/2021

Here’s a great tune from ‘The Third Book of the most celebrated jiggs, Lancashire hornpipes, Scotch and Highland lilts, Northern frisks, Morris’s and Cheshire rounds with hornpipes the bagpipe manner, to which is added the Black Joak, the White Joak, the Brown,, the Red, and the Yellow Joaks. With variety of whims and fancies of diff’rent humour, fitted to the genious of publick performers.’

There is some question over which “Sunderland” is referred to here – it could well be the one known more commonly as Sunderland Point, which was up and running as Lancaster’s main out-port by this stage and continuing Lancaster’s role as the 3rd largest merchant port in the UK at the time. This would be in keeping with the published title of the book from Walsh, but it’s equally likely that the Sunderland referred to is the one with the rubbish football team (ha ha! my elder cousin’s team!).

Hornpipes weren’t associated with seafaring until much later

John Ravenscroft, the composer, was a classically trained and much celebrated violinist and fiddler in London.

MIDI FILE: Sunderland Hornpipe

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If there’s time we’ll re-visit Black’s Hornpipe and Tom Mellin’s

27/09/2021

Here’s a Mazurka I don’t know the name for – only that it’s considered to be Klezmer.

MIDI FILE: Klezmer Mazurka

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We will also re-visit Thomas’ Mazurka

04/10/2021

Here’s a very well known English tune, known locally as the Cumberland Reel. This version is based on an old broadside I found scanned and published on the internet dating from 1820-ish. Not long after (c.1830), lyrics were added for a Music-hall act – “King of the Cannibal Islands”, which was very popular at the time (and still sung by certain folkies), but are really very racist, so I’ve not included them on the print outs as I find them offensive. If you’re interested you can read them here and decide for yourselves.

More recently Brian Peters put some lyrics to the tune based on the unrest around the miss-treatment of Cotton Mill workers by the owners in 1850 (Charles Dickens based Hard Times on the same struggle). The Cotton Lords of Preston

MIDI FILE: Vulcan’s Cave

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We’ll also re-visit Love Laughs at Locksmiths

11/10/21

TONIGHT: Unfortunately I am having cold like symptoms and a member of the band has tested positive. I’ve had a test at the drive through this morning, but we have agreed to cancel tonight and tag an extra session on at the end. I’m super careful as much as I can be and hope it’s just a cold, but better safe than sorry.

18/10/2021

Here’s a couple of Irish Jigs with enigmatic names!

MIDI FILE: The Eavesdropper

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MIDI FILE: Scatter the Mud

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