Staffordshire Hornpipe (The)

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X:1 T:Staffordshire Hornpipe, The M:2/2 L:1/8 N:An alternative air for the Flamborough Sword Dance B:Cecil Sharp - Sword Dances of Northern England Book II (1912, p. 11) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D (3ABc|d2b2g2e>d|c>e a2f2d2|d2b2g2 e>d|c>e a2 A>ce>c| d2b2g2e>d|c>e a2f2d2|g>ba>g f>de>c|d2f2d4|| f2e2d2c2|B>c (3dcB A2 B>c|d>cd>e f>ef>g|a2g2e2a2| f2e2d2c2|B>c (3dcB A2a2|b2 a>g f>d e>c|d2f2d2|]

STAFFORDSHIRE HORNPIPE, THE. English, Sword Dance Tune (2/2 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "Stafforshire Hornpipe" was interjected by collector Cecil Sharp as an alternate tune for the second figure for the sword dance from Flamborough, Staffordshire, England. Sharp deemed the tune played for the dance the men performed for him in December, 1910, to be "not suitable" (i.e. not "traditional" enough, in his opinion), so Sharp substituted his recently collected "Staffordshire Hornpipe", from fiddler John Locke. One of the earliest sound recordings of the tune was in 1909 when Sharp waxed it on a cylinder from the playing of Locke, described as a “gipsy fiddler.”

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 24. Karpeles & Schofield (A Selection of 100 English Folk Dance Airs), 1951; pg. 30. Kirkpatrick & Harris (Opus Pocus), 1988. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 77. Cecil Sharp (The Sword Dances of Northern England, Book 2), 1912; p. 11.

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