Underhand Hornpipe (The)

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UNDERHAND HORNPIPE, THE. AKA and see “Redesdale Hornpipe.” English, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by 19th century fiddler James Hill (probably in B Flat Major), who was originally born in Dundee, Scotland. Hill lived much of his life in Gateshead, northern England (near Newcastle), and is particularly famed for his hornpipe compositions. The tune is attributed to him in Köhler's Violin Repository (Edinburgh, 1881-1885). 'Underhand', like several of Hill’s other compositions, was named for a famous race horse (see also “Bee's Wing (The),” “XYZ”, “Flying Dutchman”). Underhand won the Northumberland Plate in 1857.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Dixon (The Lads Like Beer), 1987. Miller (Fiddler’s Throne), 2004; No. 321, p. 188.

Recorded sources: RM-1C, Randy Miller – “Lore of the Fingerboard” (1990).




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