Southern English & Yorkshire
Fiddle Tunes and Dances

Book - Free PDF download - Yorkshire fiddle tunes & dances - Geoff & Liz Bowen
Book - Free PDF download - The fiddle in Southern England - Chris Bartram
Recordings of tunes from the two books above
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Book - Yorkshire fiddle tunes and dances - Geoff & Liz Bowen
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The tunes in these book are transcribed from recordings and manuscripts of traditional fiddle players from Yorkshire. All were played for traditional local dances. Outline dance notations are given for each tune and all of the tunes are played,dance length, on the CD YDW009 Southern English & Yorkshire Fiddle

Tunes which have survived in Yorkshire traditions, plus many others which were popular in Yorkshire in the 18th and 19th Centuries, are also to be found in fiddlers' manuscripts such as those of Joseph Kershaw of Saddleworth (INWAC publishing), Lawrence Leadley of Helperby (Dragonfly Music), and Joshua Jackson of Stainley (book and CD The Miller's Jig published by YDW).

The Tunes & Dances

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Book - The Fiddle in Southern England - Chris Bartram
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The tunes in this book are transcribed from recordings and manuscripts of traditional fiddle players from the south of England. The book begins with a description of southern English playing styles and their historical background. This is followed with a discography of source musicians. All of the tunes are included in CD YDW009 Southern English & Yorkshire Fiddle.

The Tunes

 

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Recordings - Southern English and Yorkshire Fiddle tunes

The Yorkshire tunes (played by Geoff Bowen) are included in the book Yorkshire fiddle tunes & dances and are presented here as dance length performances in a style based on experience of playing for dancing and on recordings of 'source musicians' such as Billy Pennock from Goathland and Peter Beresford of Upper Wharfedale, recorded by Peter Kennedy in 1953-54 when they were in their late 60s and 70s - refer to Peter Kennedy's Folktracks cassette 'Butter'd Pease' (FSC-60-211). For a recording of tunes from the N.Yorks Jackson Manuscript refer to the YDW CD The Miller's Jig

Yorkshire fiddlers tend to combine two main approaches to the playing of traditional dance music:
(1) a clearly phrased and articulated performance with few slurs but sometimes with open string drones, similar to the playing of Cotswold Morris and Southern English country dance musicians. The phrasing and rhythms match closely the figures, movements and steps of the dance.
(2) for more notey tunes some players adopt a more fluent style with with irregular slurs which shift the accent around between on-beats and off-beats. This is similar to the playing of some Northumbrian and Scottish Border musicians (clearly demonstrated in the Springthyme recording and accurate transcriptions of Tom Hughes of Roxburghshire SPR/SPRC 1005).

The Southern English tunes are each played twice through by Chris Bartram, initially at a steady pace for aural learning and then at a livelier pace for dancing. Again the style is based on experience of playing for dancing and on recordings of 'source musicians' including Jack Hyde (Abingdon), Arnold Woodley (Bampton), Bill Hocken (Boscastle), Stephen Baldwin (Bishop Upton), and Fred 'Eely' Whent (Suffolk). For details refer to the book The fiddle in Southern England.

The YorkshireTunes

The Southern English Tunes

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The books are available as free pdf files which you can download from this web site (see above).

To obtain a copy of the CD please e-mail for details from publications@ydw.org.uk

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