Worcester Hornpipe

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WORCESTER HORNPIPE. AKA - "Worcestershire Hornpipe (1)," "Worster Hornpipe." AKA and see "Gipsy Hornpipe (1)," "Lakeside Road (The)," "Miss Birmingham's Hornpipe," “The Navy,” "Navvy (The)," “New Bridge Hornpipe," "Paddy Mack," "Prince of Wales' Hornpipe (1)," "Shippool Castle Hornpipe," "Stanley Ferry (2) (Hornpipe).” English, Hornpipe (whole or cut time). G Major (most versions): A Major (John Moore). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody was collected in 1907 by English folklorist Cecil Sharp (1859-1924) from fiddler John Mason (Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire). It appears in the music manuscripts of a few 19th century English musicians under several alternate titles (such as Helperby, Yorkshire, musician Lawrence Leadley's "Gipsy Hornpipe"), and as untitled hornpipes in Joshua Burnett's (South Yorkshire) c. 1835 ms. and John Nichol's (Northumberland) mid-19th century ms.. The tune migrated to Ireland and eventually the United States where versions entered the Irish music collections of Chief Francis O'Neill (Chicago) as "Lakeside Road (The)" and "Paddy Mack," and, in the mid-20th century, as Jerry O'Brien's "Shippool Castle Hornpipe." See also 19th century Irish versions in P.W. Joyce's "Gipsy Hornpipe (1)"[1] and James Goodman's "Miss Birmingham's Hornpipe."

Nick Barber (2002) notes that "Worcester(shire) Hornpipe" is commonly played with "Gloucester Hornpipe (2)" as a set.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - a c. 1837-1840 MS by Shropshire musician John Moore [Ashman]; John Mason (Stow on the Wold) [Sharp].

Printed sources : - Ashman (The Ironbridge Hornpipe), 1991; No. 47a, p. 17 (as "Worster Hornpipe"). Barber (Nick Barber's English Choice), 2002; No. 39, p. 20. Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 26.

Recorded sources : - DMPCD0203, Nick & Mary Barber with Huw Jones - "Bonnie Kate." The Old Swan Band - "Gamesters, Pickpockets and Harlots" (). Tom Hughes - "Geared Up" (2009).

See also listing at :
Hear a slower-paced accordion version [1]



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  1. A different tune than Lawrence Leadley's "Gipsy Hornpipe".
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