Raughton Head Hornpipe (1)

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RAUGHTON HEAD HORNPIPE [1]. English, Hornpipe. England, Northumberland. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Graham Dixon (1995) notes that Raughton (pronounced Rafton) is a district near Dalston, south west of Carlisle, while Raughton Head is a hamlet about eight miles south of the city. The tune was verbally attributed to Robert Whinham (1814-1893), a musician, teacher, composer, dancing master and fiddler originally from Morpeth, Northumberland, by Northumbrian fiddler George Hepple (whose grandfather was taught to dance by Whinham). The hornpipe appears in the mid-19th century music manuscript collection of William Irwin (Lake District) some distance away, showing that if Whinham did compose the melody then it had transcended local boundaries. However, Irwin attributes the composition to "J. Adams" in his manuscript (other tunes in the ms. are attributed to "Wm. Adams").

Source for notated version: the early 20th century manuscript of piper Jock “Kielder Jock” Davidson, in the Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum [Dixon].

Printed sources: Dixon (Remember Me), 1995; p. 67. Knowles (A Northern Lass), 1995; p. 19.

Recorded sources: Common Ground CGR005, Joe Hutton – “The Border Piper.” PB, Neil Smith – “Northumbrian Gleanings.”

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