Down the Bank
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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 . 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." 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 .
Source for notated version: William Vickers' 1770 Northumbrian music manuscript collection [Seattle].
Printed sources: Seattle (Great Northern/William Vickers), 1987, Part 3; No. 502.