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LOCOMOTIVE, THE. English, Hornpipe. England, Northumberland. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A 19th century hornpipe composed in the 'Newcastle style' by its main progenitor, James Hill, who probably named it after a pub, which itself may have been named for the locomotive works and railway yards in Newcastle. Hill resided in Gateshead, northern England (near Newcastle), for much of his life, but was born in Dundee, Scotland. The tune is usually played in the key of 'D' major.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Cato (Pauline Cato's Northumbrian Choice). Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 61. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1875; No. 13, p. 43. Kerr (Kerr's Caledonian Collection), p. 23. Loud (Pete Loud's Collection of Northumbrian, Tyneside and other Traditional Tunes for the Fiddle). Northumbrian Pipers' Society (The Fiddle Music of James Hill), 2005.
Recorded sources: Green Linnet SIF 3046, Skylark - "All of It." Topic 12TS413, Cut and Dry Band - "Cut and Dry #2" (1980).
See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info