Trip to Cottingham

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TRIP TO COTTINGHAM. AKA and see "Aunt Lizzie's," "Fickle Lad (The)," “Garçon Volage Quadrille (2),” “Sally Sloane's,” “Village Boy Quadrille (The).” English, Quadrille or Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). England, Yorkshire. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. The village of Cottingham is a an ancient and large village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, near the city of Kingston upon Hull. By the beginning of the 19th century it was noted as:

.. a favourite place of residence for the more opulent portion of the merchants of Hull, ... [with] ..many handsome country houses, gardens and pleasure-grounds.[1]

In the early 19th century the village was also noted as a centre of market gardening, supplying Hull.

“Trip to Cottingham” must have been the hit tune of the 1830's, judging by the number of musicians' manuscript collections it appears in under its various titles. It can be found in the music manuscripts of Lawrence Ledley (1827-1897) of Helperby, Yorkshire, and in the c. 1800-1850 Browne Family manuscripts of the Lake District (other versions appear in the Brown mss. as “Le Garcon Volange” and “The Village Boy Quadrille”). The melody was often used a vehicle for a quadrille figure.

The tune first appears in print by John Simpson under the title “Le Nouvell Fantasie,” perhaps an English imitation of a French tune (given that the grammar of the title is wanting). It also appears under the similar title “La Fantase” in the c. 1831 music manuscript of George Spencer, a musician from Leeds, West Yorkshire. Lionel Winship (Wark, Northumberland) entered it into his 1833 music manuscript simply as “A Quadrille.” The aforementioned Simpson had a music shop at 260 (later 266) Regent Street, London, from 1826 to 1869, and claimed to have invented the term flageolet. A double boxwood/ivory/silver flageolet with Simpson’s name and address resides at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia. Simpson also traded in concertinas and published a tutor in 1855 called Easy Method of Learning the Concertina by John Simpson, Teacher of the Flageolet. He formed a short lived partnership called Simpson and Wieppert toward the end of his life, that manufactured concertinas. The Wheatstone records indicate that he regularly bought Wheatstone instruments to sell at his shop prior to the 1850’s.

A version tune inexplicably surfaced in Australia in the 1960’s played by fiddler and melodeon player Sally Sloane (1894-1982), of Parkes, central New South Wales, and was called “Sally Sloane’s Jig” (also "Sally Sloane’s Set Tune" and "Sally Sloane’s Barndance") by local musicians. Sloane had a large and varied repertoire of songs and tunes, many collected by folklore collector John Meredith[2] in the 1950s. Joe Yates from Sofala NSW played the tune for the fourth figure of the Lancers set, and a related jig was collected by Peter Ellis from Mr Semmens of Sedgwick, near Bendigo[3]. How this North Yorkshire tune remained in tradition to survive and be collected there is a mystery. Some believe Sloane's version of "Trip to Cottingham" has been the beneficiary of "folk-processing", with a more developed second strain.

Donegal fiddler James Byrne recorded a version of the tune as "Fickle Lad (The)," while the band Lá Lugh recorded a version[4] as "Aunt Lizzie's," named for an aunt of fiddler Jerry O'Connor who transcribed it as the first part of the New Lancer's Quadrilles.

The tune is useful for dances that require 48-bar tunes as accompaniment.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - an MS collection by fiddler Lawrence Leadley (Helperby, Yorkshire) [Merryweather & Seattle].

Printed sources : - Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 74. Merryweather & Seattle (The Fiddler of Helperby), 1994; No. 85, p. 50.



See also listing at :
Hear/see the jig played on melodeon by Lester Bailey [1]
Hear John Meredith's recording of Sally Sloane playing the tune [2]
See a site dedicated to Sally Sloane's music [3]



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  1. — Edward Baines, (1823). "Cottingham". History, directory & gazetteer, of the county of York: with select lists of the merchants & traders of London, and the principal commercial and manufacturing towns of England; and a variety of other commercial information: also a copious list of the seats of the nobility and gentry of Yorkshire"
  2. Folk Songs of Australia by John Meredith and Hugh Anderson (1967).
  3. Information from "The Music of Sally Sloane," https://sallysloane.wordpress.com/background-notes-to-tunes/, accessed 4/13/21.
  4. Claddah Records CCF29CD, "Lá Lugh" (1991)