Yarmouth Hornpipe (1)

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YARMOUTH HORNPIPE. AKA and see “Manchester Hornpipe (1),” “Morning Fair,” “Pigeon on the Gate (7),” “Texarkana Hornpipe,” “Tomorrow Morning.” English, Hornpipe. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The Yarmouth Hornpipe was originally the name of a step-dance in the south of England, for which several (and perhaps many) tunes were played as the vehicle for the dancers. As often happens, the tunes were sometimes called by the name of the dance, through association. East Anglia dulcimer player Billy Bennington (“The Barford Angel”) had a “Yarmouth Hornpipe,” for example, which elsewhere was the well-known “Flowers of Edinburgh.” The tune appears in the 1850-1880 music manuscripts of George H. Watson (Swanton Abbott, Norfolk). The Yarmouth Hornpipe is often associated with East Anglia, but has also been collected elsewhere in England.

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