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WHITTINGHAM GREEN LANE. English, Waltz (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Whittingham is a village in Northumberland. The tune was in the repertory of Northumbrian smallpipe player and maker Jack Armstrong (1904-1978). According to the notes to Peter Kennedy's FTX-122, a collection of bagpiping and whistle-playing recorded in 1954, the tune was composed by harpist Alice Ellis, a sometime accompanist of Armstrongs. However, the melody predeates Ellis and can be found in the music manuscript collection of John Nichol under the title "We’ve lived and loved together." Armstrong is thought to have had a hand in shaping the second strain.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Northumbrian Pipers Tune Book, vol. 1, 1936. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 135.

Recorded sources: Folktrax FTX-122, Jack Armstrong - "Border Fray: Northumbrian Pipes and Whistle" (1954).




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