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HALTON-LE-GATE HORNPIPE. English, Hornpipe. England, Northumberland. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by Robert Whinham (1814-1893), a musician, teacher, composer, dancing master and fiddler, originally from Morpeth. Graham Dixon (1995) identifies the title as a place-name of a hamlet near the South River Tyne, between Brampton and Alston, Northumberland. Dixon notes the tune was published in Northumbrian musicologist John Stokoe's weekly column in the Newcastle Courant in 1882, albeit with Whinham's first name given incorrectly.
Source for notated version: the J.E. Baty manuscript, dated 1870, in the Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum [Dixon].
Printed sources: Dixon (Remember Me), 1995; p. 38.