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Northumberland Rant: Traditional Music from the Edge of England

  • 1. Archie's Fancy / Holey Ha'penny - Billy Pigg
    2. Keening The Wind / Alston Flower Show - Chris Ormston
    3. La Russe / The Winshield's Hornpipe / Jane's Fancy / Da Road To Houll - The High Level Ranters
    4. Rothbury Hills / Whittingham Green Lane / The Cott / Border Fray - Jack Armstrong
    5. Murray River Jig / Roland And Cynthia Taylor / Alistair J. Sim - Willie Taylor
    6. I Saw My Love Come Passing by Me - Anthony Robb
    7. Dance De Chez Nous / Aunt Mary's Canadian / Neil Taylor's Jig - Willie Taylor/Joe Hutton/Will Atkinson
    8. The Lady's Well / Random / Cliff, The: - Pauline Cato
    9. Dargai - Anthony Robb
    10. Skye Crofters - Billy Pigg
    11. Torryburn Lasses: The Wandering Tinker / Marry Me Now / Mrs. Wedderburn / Randy Wives Of Greenlaw - Wayne Roberton/Nigel Jelks
    12. Speed the Plough - Joe Hutton
    13. There's Nae Guid Luck About The House / High Level Hornpipe - Billy Pigg
    14. Robertson's Reel / The Grand Chain - Willie Taylor
    15. Jock Of Hazeldean / Gentle Maiden - Colin Ross
    16. The Pearl Wedding / Nancy Taylor's Reel - Willie Taylor
    17. Lament For Ian Dickson - Anthony Robb
    18. Keel Row / Durham Rangers / Greencastle / Hesleyside Reel / Yankee Doodle - Jack Armstrong/Barnstormers
    19. Miss Hannah Ormston / Katie Elliot's Jig - Chris Ormston
    20. Mr. Nelson's Birthday Waltz - Kathryn Tickell
    21. Border Spirit - Billy Pigg
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 40473

  • Credits
    ProducerBurt Feintuch (Compilation)

    Contains field, studio, and archival recordings made between 1954 and 1998.
    Includes liner notes by Burt Feintuch.
    Northumbrian folk music is often characterized by instrumental music played on smallpipes, which differ from other bagpipes in that their chanters (or melody pipes) are chromatic and closed at the bottom end, which enables them to produce shorter, more staccato notes. Smallpipe instrumentals are the main, but not exclusive, fare on this collection, consisting of performances recorded in the field and studio between 1954 and 1998 (mostly from the latter portion of that time frame). The fiddle also features strongly on some of the selections, either alone or in tandem with the Northumbrian pipes and other instruments. The contrast between the types of instrumentation alone provides more variety than many a British Isles folk compilation. But the Northumbrian pipes are the main attractions, as they have a tonal clarity and economy not associated with much bagpipe music. The 1954 field recording by Jack Armstrong & the Barnstormers has that slightly wobbly feel beloved by those who like their folk with a faint patina of moldy mystery, but for the most part the tracks are of very modern fidelity. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (12/20/99, p.29) - "...features jumpy fiddle tunes, rousing piping on various flutes and bagpipes, and pieces for mandolin and accordion. Unmarred by New Age production, these field recordings present the real raw deal in its pristine state."
    Dirty Linen (4-5/00, p.84) - "...the selections [are] well chosen and the fantastic music is very approachable. NORTHUMBERLAND RANT is one of the best traditional instrumental collections in recent memory."
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