Gloucester Hornpipe (2)

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GLOUCESTER HORNPIPE [2]. English, Hornpipe. A different tune than "Gloucester Hornpipe (1) (The)," it was collected in 1910 by Cecil Sharp from fiddler Charles Baldwin (c. 1822-c. 1920), Stephen Baldwin's father (see note for "Gloucester Hornpipe [1]"). The tune is a version of "Nelson's Hornpipe (2)." Sharp visited Baldwin, then aged 88 and residing in the Almshouse at Newent (9 miles from Gloucester in the Forest of Dean), and noted down five tunes from him, including "Polly Put the Kettle On" and several morris pieces. Baldwin had played for the morris dancers at Clifford's Mesne until around 1870 when the dancing stopped. For some reason, perhaps a miss-hearing of the local accent, Sharp had Charles's first name as George [c.f. Philip Heath-Coleman in notes to Musical Traditions MTCD334]. The melody is a version of "Nelson's Hornpipe," notes Phillip Heath-Coleman [1], who also remarks the the Baldwin's, father and son, "seem to have used the name 'Gloucester Hornpipe' (amongst others) rather freely, and not always for the same tunes."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 17. Menteith & Burgess (The Coleford Jig: Traditional Tunes from Gloucestershire), .

Recorded sources: Old Swan Band - "Still Swaning After All These Years."




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