Railway Hornpipe (2)
X: 1 T:Railway Hornpipe , The M:4/4 L:1/8 S:James Nuttall MS, c 1830?, Rossendale, East Lancs. R:Hornpipe O:England A:East Lancashire N:The title provides some parameters as to the date of this collection, N:ie certainly post 1825 (Stockton and Darlington Railway, first public N:steam hauled freight railway opened, with passengers being horse N:drawn), almost certainly post 1830 (opening of Liverpool and Manchester N:Railway, first steam hauled passenger carrying railway,a great N:sensation,and not beyond walking distance of Rossendale) ...CGP N:Originally beamed in pairs, rebeamed in fours.CGP Z:vmp.Manchester Morris Men K:D fe|dAFA DFAF|EGBG FAdc|Bggf fedc|c2 a2 a2 fe|! dAFA DFAF|EGBG FAdc|Bggf fedc|d2 d2 d2:|! |:cd|eAAA eAAA|fAAA fAAA|gAgA fAfA|A2 g2 g2 fe|! dAFA DFAF|EGBG FAdc|Bggf fedc|d2 d2 d2:|]
RAILWAY HORNPIPE . AKA and see "Castle Rag Hornpipe (The)," "Clog Dance (4)," "Steam Packet Hornpipe (2)." English, Hornpipe (4/4 time). England; Lancashire, Shropshire. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune appears in a number of early 19th century musicians' manuscript collections, including those of John Moore (Shropshire, c. 1837) and James Nuttall (East Lancashire, c. 1830); Moore entered it twice, as "Castle Rag Hornpipe (The)" and "Railway Hornpipe (2)." It was collected by English musicologist Frank Kidson ("Swallows MS 57") in the latter 19th century as "Steam Packet," the title by which it also appears in the c. 1840 collection of Yorkshire musician Lawrence Leadley. 19th century Boston, MA., music publisher Elias Howe printed a version as an untitled "Clog Dance (4)," attributed to a blackface minstrel performer named Zeke Backus.