Kelso Hiring Fair
X:1 T:Kelso Hiring Fair T:Victoria Waltz D:Tom Hughes, Border Fiddler N:Simplified transcription (unfinished) Z:Nigel Gatherer M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Waltz K:C G>F | E2 C2 C2 | E2 C2 C2 | E2 C2 C2 | G^F AG=FD | A,2 B,2 B,2 | A,2 B,2 B,2 | G^F AG FG | E2 C2 C2 | E2 C2 C2 | E2 C2 C2 | G^F AG=FD | A,2 B,2 B,2 | A,2 B,2 B,2 | G^F AG =FED | C4 :| K:D A>d | f3 ffe | d4 A2 | BA G2 F2 | A,2 C2 C2 | g3 agf | e3 dcB | A2 G2 E2 | F2 D2 D2 | f3 ffe | d4 A2 | BA G2 F2 | A,2 C2 C2 | g3 agf | e3 dcB | A2 G2 A,2 | D4 || A2 | d2 Fd Fd | c2 Gc Gc | B2 GB GB | A2 FA FA | d2 Fd Fd | c2 GA B2 | A2 G2 C2 | D4 :| K:G Bc | d4 c2 | e4 d2 | b6 | b4 c'2 | b4 a2 | B4 f2 | gf ga bg | d2 B2 Bc | d4 c2 | e4 d2 | b6 | b4 c'2 | b4 a2 | B4 f2 | gf ga ba | g4 ||
KELSO HIRING FAIR. AKA and see "Victoria Waltz." English, Waltz. C Major ('A' part), D Major ('B' part) & G Major ('C' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBC. From the playing of Borders fiddler Tom 'Tam' Hughes, who had the tune from an elderly street fiddler at the Kelso hiring fair (for agricultural labor) in 1928. Larry Sanger identifies a distanced version of the tune that was in the repertoire of Donegal fiddler John Doherty under the title "Victoria (The)," also known as "Exhibition Waltz" (although title given as "Speaking (The)" on Doherty's Folktrax album "Pedlar's Pack"). See also note for "Victoria Waltz."