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Thursday, 21 October 2010

Various Artists – Wild Hills o’Wannie: The Small Pipes of Northumbria

(Topic, 12TS 227, 1974)

A fascinating compilation of Northumbrian piping from Topic Records, with highly informative sleevenotes. The pipers featured include Billy Pigg, whose virtuosity and sound was a key influence on Richard Thompson’s guitar playing; Diana Blackett-Ord, one of the first female pipers to make a mark on the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society; and Joe Hutton, the shepherd whose beautiful music continued to charm audiences across the world right into the 1990s. A breakdown of the players and tunes is as follows:

Billy Pigg
Wild Hills o' Wannie
The Morpeth Rant
Skye Crofters / The Swallow's Tail
The Holey Ha'penny
The Gypsy's Lullaby / The Hawk / Memories / Coates Hall
The Lark in the Clear Air

Joe Hutton
The Midlothian Pipe Band / Charlie Hunter
Lovat Scouts / Roxborough Castle / Bonny North Tyne / Alston Flower Show
Rowley Burn Hornpipe
The Blackthorn Stick / Biddy the Bold Wife
The Humours of Bandon / Saddle the Pony

George Atkinson
The Barrington Hornpipe
The Navvy on the Line / The Friendly Visit / Remember Me / Biddy the Bold Wife / Lamb Sklnnet / De’ll Amang the Tailors
Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be?

Diana Blackett-Ord
Blow the Wind Southerly
Londonderry Hornpipe / Boys of the Blue Hills / Corn Rigs / Harvest Home
Westering Home

Colin Caisley and Foster Charlton
Noble Squire Dacre
Salmon Tails up the Water / The Herd on the Hill / Sweet Hesleyside

Tommy Breckons
Sir Sidney Smith’s March
Fenwick o’ Bywell

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