Octobrer 2013 TOTM: The Shepherds

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Octobrer 2013 TOTM: The Shepherds

Postby Dally » Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:18 pm

October 2013 TOTM: The Shepherds. The Shepherds were Joe Hutton, Willie Taylor and Will Atkinson. The two Wills composed some simply fantastic tunes, while Joe is remembered for his simple, pleasing, rhythmic style. If you need help identifying tunes take a look at the Alnwick Pipers Society Collections and the NPS Tune Book II. Wikipedia has articles on each individual. There are recordings on the FARNE web site.
Reading this space for while now I've become vaguely aware of some controversy about The Shepherds, so if you prefer to avoid their music remember Francis Wood requested a "keyless sticky" for TOTM.
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Re: Octobrer 2013 TOTM: The Shepherds

Postby edric » Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:35 am

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Re: Octobrer 2013 TOTM: The Shepherds

Postby Wallie Ogilvie » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:03 am

Here's my contribution for this month tune - one from Will Atkinson and one from Willy Taylor

https://soundcloud.com/wallie-ogilvie/t ... arewell-to

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Re: Octobrer 2013 TOTM: The Shepherds

Postby ubba001 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:13 pm

A bit late this reply. I attended Joe's Rothbury piping course in late 80's early 90's but only saw the Shepherds play for dancing once, at Sidmouth Folk Festival 1992, a tour organised by Alistair Anderson. Below is a list I have of their dance sets (with key and dance where known) but I have no recollection the origin of the document. Perhaps I compiled it, perhaps they gave a workshop? Maybe somebody else recalls? The only other memory I have of that time was finding Willy Taylor on the edge of Sidmouth walking out of town. He was totally lost, so I gave him a lift back to the centre where he was due to give a fiddle workshop.

The Shepherds dance sets at Sidmouth Folk Festival 1992


Set Key Dance
Off to California G
Londonderry D
Proudlocks G

Harvest Home D Double brandy
Redesdale G
Boys of the Bluehill D
Friendly Visit G

Navie on the line G Buttered Pease
Miss Thompson D
Wonder G
Minstrels Fancy D

Morpeth rant D
Hesleyside G
Jock Wilson D

LaRusse G/D
Girl with the blue dress D
Bottom of the punchbowl G
LaRusse AABB AABA D

Dashing white sergeant D
Come let us dance and sing D
The girl I left behind me G
My love is but a lassie D

Dunstanburgh Castle G
Glen Aln Rant D
Rob Roy G

Corn Riggs x3 D Lucky Seven
Roxburgh Castle x3 G
Staten Island x3 D

Flowers of Edinburgh G
Soldiers Joy D
Far Frae Hame G
Fairy Dance D
Spootiskerry G

Tichs Reel G Cumberland Square
Pearl Wedding D
Nancy Taylor G

Cumberland Square D Pins and needles
Hexham races G
Father O’Flynn D
Biddy the bowl wife G

Lemonville Jig D
Burnt Tattie G
Quarryman D

Traditional Jig
Balcommie House
4th February

Canadian 4 step G
Loch of Lumgair D
Young Scotty G

Muckin o Geordies D
Blackthorn stick G
Tobins D

Come ower the stream G
Elsie’s waltz D
Endearing young charms G
Breamish D


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