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Encyclopedia > Music of Northumbria
Music of the United Kingdom
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Genres: (Samples) Classical - Folk - Hip hop - Opera - Popular - Rock - Jazz
Timeline: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006
Awards Mercury, Brit Awards
Charts UK Singles Chart, UK classical chart, UK Albums Chart
Festivals Glastonbury Festival
Media NME - Melody Maker
National anthem "God Save the Queen"
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Birmingham - Cornwall - Man - Manchester - Northumbria - Somerset

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Northumberland is the northernmost county of England. Its folk music is particularly known for its distinctive smallpipe tradition, while there is a strong fiddle tradition in the region too, which was already well-established in the 1690's. Northumbrian music is characterised by considerable influence from other regions - particularly southern Scotland and other parts of the north of England. Irish tunes are also much played in the region, as they are elswhere. However, there is often a distinct difference between a Northumbrian version of a tune and versions from elsewhere. Northumberland is a traditional, ceremonial and administrative county in northern England. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population –mid-2004... Folk Music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the common people. ... The Scottish smallpipe is a bellows-blown bagpipe developed from the Northumbrian smallpipe by Colin Ross, and others, to be playable according to the Great Highland Bagpipe fingering system. ...

Bagpipe music

There were several types of bagpipe in use in the region in the 18th century, ranging from the conical bore, open-ended Border pipes, to the cylindrically bored smallpipes - the closed ended form with its single octave compass and closed fingering is known to have existed since the 17th century. The pastoral or Union pipes - the precursor of the Irish Uillean pipes, are also known to have been played in the region. The earliest known bagpipe manuscript from the UK is a tunebook by William Dixon of Stamfordham in Northumberland, dated 1733. This includes 40 tunes with extensive sets of variations. Some of the tunes correspond to later versions of known smallpipe tunes, others, with a nine-note compass, must have been played either on Border pipes or an open-ended smallpipe, like the Scottish smallpipe. A piper playing the Great Highland Bagpipe. ... The Uilleann pipes are a unique form of bagpipes originating in Ireland. ...

In the early 19th century, makers such as John Dunn and Richard Reid added keys to the closed ended smallpipe, extending its range to almost two octaves - the Border pipes seem not to have been found in Northumberland much after the middle of the century, though they were revived as 'the half-long pipes' in the 1920s and more successfully in the 1970s and 80s. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Social issues of the 1920s. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... MacGyver - 1980s hero The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ...

Many families have been associated with traditional Northumbrian music; Willy Allan and his son James were noted pipers in the 18th century - James was the first piper to the Duchess of Northumberland. Most notably, the Clough family of Newsham produced six generations of pipers, including Tom Clough, who made an important early recording and taught many pipers, including Billy Pigg. There are now many players of smallpipes in the region who continue the tradition. Tom Clough (1881-1964), known as The Prince of Pipers, was an English player of the Northumbrian Smallpipes. ... Billy Pigg (1902 - 1968) was an English player of Northumbrian bagpipes Northumbrian Pipers Society The Northumbrian Pipers Society was formed in 1928 in Newcastle Upon Tyne to promote both types of Northumbrian bagpipes - the smallpipes and the somewhat rarer half-longs. ...

Fiddle music

The eariest source of music for fiddle from Northumberland is Henry Atkinson's tunebook from the 1690's. This includes tunes current in both the southern English and Scottish music of the time.

A later source, unfortunately lost, was John Smith's tunebook from 1750; some tunes from this were copied out by John Stokoe in the 19th century - they include an extended variation set for fiddle on 'The Keel Row', in fact the earliest known version, pipe tunes with variations such as 'Bold Wilkinson', and a version of 'Jacky Layton' with variations for fiddle. It is clear that as in Scotland, the playing of extended variation sets on the fiddle was current in Northumberland at the time.

Twenty years later, William Vickers made an extensive collection of dance tunes - these include both pipe tunes and fiddle tunes, and tunes from Northumberland, Scotland, southern England, Ireland and even France.

In the 19th century the most notable feature of the music was the popularity of the 4/4 hornpipe, and in particular the very influential playing of the publican, fiddler and composer James Hill. His compositions include 'The High Level Bridge', 'The Great Exhibition', 'The Beeswing', 'The Hawk' and many others. Many other fine tunes have been attributed to him, including some he cannot possibly have written.

In the early and mid 20th century, influential fiddlers included Ned Pearson, Jim Rutherford, Adam Gray and Jake Hutton. In the later part of the century, Willy Taylor was perhaps the most highly respected of the many fiddlers in the county.

External links

  • FARNE - The Folk Archive Resource North East
  • Northumbrian Fiddle Tunes
  • The Northumbrian Pipers' Society

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