X:2 T:Kendal Gill. JBa.46 T:Candle Gill,aka. JBa.46 T:Kendal Ghyll,aka. JBa.46 M:6/8 L:1/8 Q:120 S:Joseph Barnes MS,Carlisle,1762. R:jig O:England A:Carlisle Z:vmp.C.Graebe.. K:D major "No time/key sig" d2e f2g | fed cBA | d2e f2g | agf edc |! d3 def | A3 AGF | G2B A2F | FDD D3 ||! F2F A2F | (A/B/c)A cAF | G2G B2G | (B/c/d)B dBG|! F2F A2F | (d/e/f)d cAF | G2B A2F | EDD D3 |]
CANDLE GILL. AKA - "Candle Ghyll," "Kendal Ghyll," "Kendal Gills." English, Country Dance and Jig (6/8 time). D Major (Barnes, Rook): G Major (Vickers). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Candle Gill" is known as a Cumbrian tune--it appears, for example, in the Joseph Barnes (Carlisle) 1762 music manuscript and (as "Kendal Gills") in the large 1840 music manuscript collection of multi-instrumentalist John Rook (Waverly, near Wigton, Cumbria).
"Kendal Ghyll" is a longways dance for three couples, and was collected in various northern English counties (e.g. Buckden, Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire dales) from dancing tradition in the early 20th century. As often happens, various tunes were played for the dance and thus different tunes by the name appear in manuscript collections. The similarly named "Kendal Guild" is a dance game collected in Lancashire in 1960, but does not seem related to the "Kendal Ghyll" dance figures. A gill, or its variant spelling ghyll, means a deep ravine, especially a wooded one, or sometimes refers to a narrow mountain stream.