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X:1 T:Down the Bank M:4/4 L:1/8 R:Reel S:William Vickers' 1770 Northumbrian music manuscript collection (No. 502) K:D B|AFED FGFB|AFED EFEB|AFED defe|dBAF D/D/D D:| |:B|AFdF ABdB|AFdF BcdB|AFED defe|dBAF D/D/D D:| |:a|f/f/f fa fgfa|f/f/f fa efeg|fedc defe|dBAF D/D/D D:||



DOWN THE BANK. AKA and see "Down with the Peebles." English, Reel (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. The first appearance of the tune is in Northumbrian musician William Vickers 1770 music manuscript collection [1]. The FARNE site identifies the (first strain of the) reel as being a member of the family of tunes that includes "Aldivalloch", "Roy's Wife of Aldivalloch", "Ruffian's Rant", and David Young's similarly titled "Down on Yon Bank." Joseph Banks (Carlisle, Cumbria) entered a version in his 1760's music manuscript collection under the partially legible title "Queen Ru***house." A version was also entered into music manuscript of piper John Sutherland (1785), and the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of Canon James Goodman (County Cork), vol. iii, p. 95 [2].


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - William Vickers' 1770 Northumbrian music manuscript collection [Seattle]; Joseph Banks music manuscript collection (Carlisle, Cumbria, 1762) [Offord].

Printed sources : - John Offord (Bonny Cumberland), 2018; p. 3 (appears as "Queen Ru***house"). Seattle (Great Northern Tune Book/William Vickers), 1987, Part 3; No. 502.






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