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John of the Greeny Cheshire Way

This is the first portion of John Offord's book of the same name, a collection of many 3 / 2 hornpipes :- transcribed by Steve Bliven and made available to the 'net by permission of Mr Offord. The book is now, sadly, out of print.

by John Offord

INTRODUCTION [to the printed edition]
Folk-dance music in England is now dominated by the melodeon, a comparatively new instrument which became common in the middle of the last century, along with the polka, perhaps the most popular dance rhythm. Up to this time, the most common instrument by far was the fiddle, although the pipe and tabour were used for Morris dancing. From the time of the first edition of Playford's "Dancing Master" in 1650, nearly all the collections of English music are for this instrument. At the end of the seventeenth century, the new, loud Italian violin came into vogue, giving over two octaves within easy reach and a choice of any key or accidental. This led to an increase in music for the instrument and helped to oust old instruments such as bagpipes, in one form or another once common in some areas, expecially the north. Some of the music in this book is said to be for bagpipes in the original publication (Walsh c. 1730, Wright c. 1715, see bibliography) and this can now be proved, although it might have been adapted for the fiddle.

This collection is mainly taken from books dating from 1705 to 1816 and for the most part is concerned with the old type of hornpipe which was usually in 3/2 or 9/4. This musical form was very popular, especially in the north-west and has relatives in Northumberland, Wales and Scotland, where it was known as the "double" hornpipe, a term I will now use. The Northumberland piper Jimmy Allen (1734-1810) stated that the double hornpipe originated in the Cheviots, but many of the surviving pieces seem to be from Lancashire and cheshire and often have a distinct regional flavour.

At Mr. Offord's suggestion, only the first portion of the book is transcribed here. The untranscribed remainder consists of jigs, hornpipes in common time and general material used in theatres, the ballroom or by bands of waits. Some waltzes were also included which were "probably brought over from the Continent, along with other music, by soldiers fighting in the Napoleonic wars." The material here was transcribed directly from the book as prepared by Mr. Offord. It was prepared using BarFly v.1d15, a program written by Phil Taylor. The transcription was done, with Mr. Offord's permission, by Steve Bliven.

John of the Greeny Cheshire Way

Three Case Knives

the Weaver's Hornpipe

Butcher's Hornpipe

Berwick Jockey

the Mole Catcher's Hornpipe

the Sunderland Hornpipe

Hector of Edgeworth's Hornpipe

Huckle and Buff

Carpenter's Morris

Downfall of the Gin

Clark's Hornpipe

the Welsh Hornpipe

Chalk's Hornpipe

the Plymouth Hornpipe

Chip and Rant

New York the New Way

the New White Hart Hornpipe

Cheshire Rolling Hornpipe

the Rolling Hornpipe

Daniel Wright's Hornpipe

Punchanello's Hornpipe, or the Three Rusty Swords

the Dusty Miller

a Lancashire Hornpipe

the Rake's Hornpipe

the Hole in the Wall

Goodman's Fields Hornpipe

the Green Man Hornpipe

Pecket's Hornpipe

Black Mary's Hornpipe

the Manchester Hornpipe

New Stepney

Mr. Farrer's Hornpipe

Mr. Key's Hornpipe

a Bagpipe Hornpipe

Madam Cabrin's Hornpipe

the Rochester Bridge Hornpipe

Thomas Marsden's Hornpipe

Shropshire Round (duet)

the Butterfly, a North Country Tune

the White Hart

the Spotland Hornpipe

Tom Mellin's Hornpipe

Black's Hornpipe

a Bagpipe Hornpipe

the London Hornpipe

the Famous Derbyshire Hornpipe

Marsden's Hornpipe

the Lonsdale or Lon Sclater Hornpipe (re-tune adae, play as written)

Altrincham Round

Jack Franklan's Hornpipe

a Hornpipe by C. Smith

the Tew Hornpipe

Bobbing Joan

Jack Gorton's Hornpipe

Heart's Ease or Saturday Night Hornpipe

Slap and Kiss

the Red Lion Hornpipe

Spinnning Jenny

a Northern Frisk

Flat Cap, 1st setting

Flat Cap, 2nd setting

Mr Preston's Hornpipe, 1st setting

Mr Preston's Hornpipe, 2nd setting

George King's Hornpipe, 1st setting

George King's Hornpipe, 2nd setting

Cheshire Round (duet)

Cheshire Round,1st setting

Cheshire Round,2nd setting

Cheshire Round,3rd setting

a North Country Frisk (re-tune aeae, play as written)

the Broosom Hornpipe, 1st setting (re-tune aeae, play as written)

the Broosom Hornpipe, 2nd setting (re-tune aeae, play as written)

Wright's Hornpipe

the Old Haile Hornpipe

the Yellow Joak

Jack Warrel's Hornpipe

Esquire Lessar

the Waterman's Dance

the Old Spand Hornpipe

Young Spaud's Hornpipe

the Presbyterian Hornpipe

Old Lancashire Hornpipe, 1st setting

Old Lancashire Hornpipe, 2nd setting

Northern Jig

the Oldham Rowling Hornpipe

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Contributed by Richard Robinson Sun Jan 16 01:48:04 2011
Last edited Thu Nov 10 00:50:43 2011

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