Jingling Geordie (The)
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JINGLING GEORDIE, THE. English, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The name 'Geordie' refers to someome from the northeast of England, where the tune is sometimes played as an accompaniment to Rapper sword dancing . Jingling Geordie is reputed to have been a 17th-century pirate and smuggler who would lure the ships near Black Middens onto the rocks with lanterns placed to look like boats waiting safely at anchor. He would then plunder the strewn cargoes and hide his booty away in a labyrinth of tunnels running beneath Tynemouth Castle. Legend has it that Jingling Geordie still had fetters fixed around his legs and the chains rattled everywhere he went. Supposedly the jingle can still be heard on some evenings around the castle walls as his ghost stalks the cliffs keeping a watch over the headland.
The name 'Jingling Geordie' has been applied to several individuals, pubs and race-horses, however, and is also the name of a Scottish country dance.