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YARMOUTH BREAKDOWN. AKA - "‘Percy Brown’s Step Dance." English, Hornpipe. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Yarmouth is a town in Norfolk, east England. Callaghan (2007) calls the tune a “classic East Anglian step-dance hornpipe.” Reg Hall (liner notes, Topic TSCD659) says the tune is “a lovely example of the un-dotted English hornpipe, very much in vogue in East Anglia throughout most of the 20th century, and probably dating from the 19th.”
Source for notated version: Percy Brown [Callaghan].
Printed sources: Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 27.
Recorded sources: Topic Record TSCD659, Percy Brown – “Voice of the People, vol. 9: Rig-A-Jig-Jig: Dance Music of the South of England” (1998. various artists. Brown was aged 70 at the time of the original recording in 1972). Veteran VTVS07/08, Billy Cooper (Norfolk). Veteran VTVS07/08, Walter Geary (Norfolk). Veteran VTVS05/06, Fred Pearce (Suffolk). Wildgoose Records WGS340CD, Mary Humphrey & Anahata – “Fenlandia.”
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Hear East Anglian melodeon player Percy Brown's recording on youtube.com