Bellingham Boat (The)
BELLINGHAM BOAT, THE. English, Jig. England, Northumberland. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Callaghan): AABB' (Raven). The tune has been attributed by the Pipers' Society Tune Book and the High Level Ranters (sleeve notes on "Northumberland For Ever") to Robert Whinham (1814-1893), a musician, teacher, composer, dancing master and fiddler originally from Morpeth, Northumberland. Dixon (1995) could find no corroborating evidence, however. Bellingham (pronounced 'Bellinjum'), says Dixon, is primary town on the North Tyne. The melody is also in the mid-19th century music manuscript copybook of William Hall Lister (East Boldon, near Newcastle), where it appears simply as "Quadrille."
Source for notated version: the music manuscript of L. Baty, dated 1883, now in the Beamish Museum [Dixon].
Printed sources: Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 56. Dixon (Remember Me), 1995; p. 68. Hall & Stafford (Charlton Memorial Tune Book), 1974; p. 4. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 113.
Recorded sources: Topic 12TS184, High Level Ranters - "Northumberland for Ever" (1968). Topic 12TS239, George Hepple & Donald Ridley (et al) - "Bonny North Tyne."
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