Castle Rag Hornpipe (The)

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X:1 T:Castle Rag Hornpipe, The M:C L:1/8 B:John Moore music manuscript (Shropshire c. 1837-40, Book 2, p. 103) B: https://www.vwml.org/topics/historic-dance-and-tune-books/Moore2 Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F Ac|fc(A/c/)A FAcB|GB(d/c/)B Acfe|d2 ba agfa|(3gag (3fed cbag| fd(A/c/)A FAcB|GBdB Acfe|dbag fege|g4 f2f2:| |:ef|gc(c/d/)c ac(c/d/)c|bcac gc(c/d/)c|bcac gefa|(3gag (3fed cbag| fc(A/c/)A FAcB|GB(d/c/)B Acfe|dbag fege|g4 f2f2:|]



CASTLE RAG HORNPIPE, THE. AKA and see "Clog Dance (4)," "Railway Hornpipe (2)," "Steam Packet Hornpipe (2)." English, Hornpipe. England, Shropshire. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Source John Moore also entered another version of the tune in his ms collection as "Railway Hornpipe (2)." Similar to "The Cliff Hornpipe." A 'castle rag' is cant for a 'flag', but was also a slang term for a fourpence[1]. See note for "Railway Hornpipe (2)" for more. A version of "Castle Rag Hornpipe" was also entered into the 1833 music manuscript collection of Lionel Winship (Wark, Northumberland), as an untitled hornpipe.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - a c. 1837-1840 MS by Shropshire musician John Moore [Ashman].

Printed sources : - Ashman (The Ironbridge Hornpipe), 1991; No. 103a, p. 41.






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  1. Philip Heath-Coleman suggests the title "Castle Rag Hornpipe" may also have derived from the name "Castlereagh Hornpipe."