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WARKSBURN WALTZ. English, Waltz. England, Northumberland. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is attributed by Christopher Liddell to Robert Whinham (1814-1893), a musician, teacher, composer, dancing master and fiddler originally from Morpeth, Northumberland. Graham Dixon (1995) says that the tune was played for a Spanish Waltz by Liddell and source Hepple’s uncle Thomas, who were in great demand for entertaining at weddings in the early 20th century. The Warksburn (burn = stream), notes Dixon, flows out of the Wark Forest and into the River North Tyne, near the village of Wark, Northumberland. It is also a township in Wark parish, Northumberland.
Source for notated version: Northumbrian fiddler George Hepple, the first tune he learned as a boy on the fiddle [Dixon].
Printed sources: Dixon (Remember Me), 1995; p. 69.
Recorded sources: Park Records, Kathryn Tickell - "Northumberland Collection" (2009).
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