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ROTHBURY HILLS. Northumbrian, Slow Air. G Major (Northumbrian Smallpipes). ABB. Jack Armstrong was born at Wide Open, north of Newcastle. His father, Robert, also played the Northumbrian pipes. Both worked as colliers at Dinnington Colliery, but a few years after the First World War Jack managed to get out of the pit and get a job as a chauffeur. This enabled him to spend more time on his hobbies: pipes, fiddle and photography. In the late 20’s he won many local prizes and acclaim at piping competitions. In the 40’s he started his own folk dance band, The Northumbrian Barnstormers (FT-121) and in 1948 he became official piper to the Duke of Northumberland, playing at the annual Shrovetide Football at Alnwick. The Lads of Alnwick is the tune played for this event. Rothbury Hills was Jack’s first attempt at pipe tune composition (from: The Session).

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Recorded sources: Folktrax FTX-122 or FSA 30-122, Jack Armstrong and Billy Conroy – "Pipes of Northumbria" or "Northumbrian Pipes and Whistle" (1978. Recorded by Peter Kennedy at the home of Jack Armstrong, Wide Open, Newcastle-on-Tyne, June 1954.)

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