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NANCY [4]. AKA - "Nancy Taylor's Reel." English, Reel. England, Northumberland. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. Another four-part English tune named Nancy, this time a reel composed by Northumberland fiddler Willy Taylor [1] (1916-2000) in honor of his wife. Taylor was an elderly man when "revival" concertina player Alistair Anderson introduced Taylor, Northumbrian piper Joe Hutton and harmonica player Will Atkinson to the folk circuit in the 1980's under the moniker "The Shepherds." In fact, Taylor really did rear livestock in the Northumbrian hills.

Willy Taylor (photo by Johnny Handle)



Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 9.

Recorded sources: Mawson & Wareham Music MWM 1031, Willy Taylor, Joe Hutton & Willy Armstrong - "Harthope Burn" (1983). Park Records PRKCD121, Kathryn Tickell - "Northumbrian Voices" (2012). Smithsonian Folkways Records SFW40473, Willy Taylor - "Northumbrian Rant: Traditional Music from the Edge of England" (1986, various artists). Smithsonian Folkways Records SFW40560, Willy Taylor - "Classic Celtic Music from Smithsonian Folkways" (2013, various artists).

See also listing at:
Hear/see Nancy Kerr & James Fagan play the tune on youtube.com [2]




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