New Road to Berwick (The)

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NEW ROAD TO BERWICK, THE. AKA and see "Barwick Billy," "Berwick Bully." English, Triple Hornpipe (3?2 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCD (Atkinson): AABBCCDDEEFFGG (Dixon). Piper and researcher Matt Seattle notes that in Northumbrian fiddler Henry Atkinson's 1694 MS. [1] the harmonic outline is reversed in relation to the other versions, i.e. the basic progression is I,II,I,I, rather than I,I,I,II." It is an early version of the tune usually known nowadays as "Go to Berwick Johnny," although it had other names. It appears as "Berwick Bully" in the 1733-38 music manuscript of Northumbrian musician (perhaps a piper) William Dixon in the Lydian mode with several variation sets.

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