Rocket Hornpipe (The)

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ROCKET HORNPIPE THE. Scottish (originally), Canadian; Hornpipe. Canada, Cape Breton. D Major (Kerr): F Major (Cranford/Holland). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A 19th century hornpipe written in the ‘Newcastle’ style, according to Nigel Gatherer, with similarities to “Newcastle Hornpipe (1) (The)” composed by the principal proponent of the style, Tyneside fiddler-composer and publican James Hill. Gatherer thinks the tune likely named in honor of Stephenson’s Rocket, an early steam locomotive of 1829-30. Another explanation might possibly be that in Ireland (and in Scotland?), especially in Limerick, a rocket was a little girls’ frock, adapted from the English-French rochet (P.W. Joyce). It was recorded by Shetland fiddler Arthur Scott Robertson (preceded by “College Hornpipe (The)”).

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Cranford (Jerry Holland’s Collection), 1995; No. 147, p. 42. Honeyman (Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor), 1898; p. 50. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; p. 30 (appears as untitled hornpipe in D Major). Kerr (Collection of Merry Melodies Arranged for the Pianoforte), c. 1870’s; p. 27 (appears as untitled hornpipe in D Major). Laybourn (Köhler’s Violin Repository vol. 3), 1885; p. 262.

Recorded sources : - Rounder Records 7006, Theresa and Marie MacLellan - "Trip to Mabou Ridge" (1979). Rounder Records 7008, “Jerry Holland” (1976).

See also listing at :
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]

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