Pete Loud's Collection of
These are just a few of my favourite fiddle tunes.
They're primarily Northumbrian & Tyneside tunes, with a load of popular Irish, Scottish, & Morris
folk session tunes.
Recently I have completely revised all of the tunes in my collection and have added almost all of the known hornpipes, and other fiddle tunes of James Hill, (Tyneside 1840-1850), and several other general Northumbrian session tunes. I haven't yet had the time to update and revise the tunes in the Freebies displayed here, which have quite a few mistakes, but the corrected versions are in my book and I hope to include them on the site as soon as I get the time.
just because I pulled these tunes together, far from it ;-(
Oops! It just crossed my mind that many of the international visitors to my website might not know about Northumberland. Well, a few eons after God spent 7 days making the world, he looked around and saw that everyone was miserable, bitter and twisted, so to give them hope, he decided that he'd cut out a bit of heaven and send it down to earth. He stuck it at the top North East corner of England, next to the Scottish border, like a rose in the midden, and that's Northumberland. To offset the beauty and tranquility of the Northumbrian hills, beaches, castles and the Roman Wall Satan created the Northumbrian Pipes ;-)
While you're browsing, if you are interested in concertinas, check out my George Case and Lachenal English concertinas.
This tune book is two books in one.
Part 1 is over 225 Northumbrian & Tyneside tunes.
This is the most comprehensive tunebook of Northumbrian & Tyneside traditional tunes.
Part 2 is over 240 popular session tunes, mostly Celtic, with some barn dance and North West morris tunes. The emphasis has been on tunes which frequently are played in sessions throughout U.K. My original objective with this tunebook was that when travelling around I could take with me all the tunes I knew, was learning, and intended to learn, all in one book. I didn't want to carry around a dozen separate books, (padded out with tunes which are hardly ever played), and dozens of loose sheets of music.
I am continually developing this tune book and hope to continue to do so over the years to come. Unfortunately books with hundreds of tunes are not economic. The production costs of a book with over 400 tunes are almost 8 times as great as a book with 50 tunes, but I can't sell it at 8 times the price. So I can not continue simply to add more tunes, I've not yet worked out how to handle that :-(
This is an A4 format book with plastic covers and bound with a wire comb so that the book opens flat, well worth every penny ;-)
There are some great tunes here, give them a try.
Check out these .pdf sample pages from the new book.
James Hill tunes
Father Kelly's, Merry Blacksmith, The Banshee
The first new book printed went straight off to "Bagpiper" in Rochester, New York. This is what he had to say:
"The new book arrived yesterday. It's great! I think it is definitely going to be a big hit around here. Thank you so much for your efforts in putting a tune book like this together."
From "Temperance" in rec.music.folk
Looks good and guess what! The elusive Barrington Hornpipe that I have been searching for for a while is there. The North East is steeped in ballads and music and I've seen the first book and was impressed.
and after Temperance bought the latest book, she wrote to rec.music.celtic,
I have got to say that I recently bought this book and it's superb. . . . . . . The book is a veritable treasure and excellent value.
Hi Peter, The book arrived this morning . . . It looks wonderful. . . .
Thanks again and for the very fast delivery.
Paul Leaver, Australia
Hi Pete - just been on your site and was very impressed.
Neil Thomson, Scotland
Book arrived safely, it's brilliant!
Just letting you know the tune book arrived safely. I like it. Very nice. As well as being a brilliant reference book it will keep me happy for months.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!! For your website
Vince Trago, Ohio
Mr. Loud, you are a saint to aid us. Thank you for everything and for your collegiality. You will be thanked in the program notes for the performance. . . . . Again--we are grateful.
Polly S. Fields, Canada
I've been called many things in my life, but this is the first time I've been called a saint ;-)
From Newcastle Cathedral
Traditional Fiddle Tunes
Over 480 tunes
If I am breaching copyright with any of these tunes, my apologies, please contact me and I'll remedy the situation.Aghhh!, at last copyright has caught up with me, I have had to drop 1 tune from the Freebies. It was only an accompaniment to another tune. The original tune is still in the book :-)
Aghhh! another breech of copyright, this time an enormous breech, but with a happy ending :-) Coquetdale Music, which is Kathryn Tickell's company, owns the copyright of the Billy Pigg, Willie Taylor, Archie Dagg tunes, probably quite a few more, and she has, emailed me, not to demand my being hanged from Elsdon Gibbet, but to say I may use them.
Thanks, Kathryn, without your generous co-operation we could be deprived of many excellent tunes.
Over the past few months I have been subject to identity theft, impersonation on internet, threatening and offensive, abusive emails. The guy doing this has set up webpages supposedly set up by me, that offer my photographs to anyone who wants them, and/or have been abusive. He uses email address that incorporate my name.
The person is a 68 year guy who regards himself as an artist, who lived in Newcastle. He now hangs around Chang Mai, Thailand. I shall not give you his name, or show you his photograph but I have considerable details on this guy. I have never met this guy and had no involvement with him until he took a personal dislike to me several months ago. Some other person has had similar experiences with this guy, you can check his blog, and learn more about this guy at,
In the past he has tried to involve another photographer and musicians from the North East in order to embarrass me. I apologise for any confusion, embarrassment and irritation he might cause you.
Kathryn Tickell, brilliant on fiddle and Northumbrian Pipes,
Matt Seattle, although he has slipped over the border into Southern Scotland, I think the most memorable pub session I have ever experienced was listening to Matt with his border pipes in the Tap & Spile at Morpeth.
The High Level Ranters, These guys have been at it for over three decades and seem to have made hundreds of recordings of N&T tunes, my attic is full of their old black plastic records.
My thanks go to Robin Dunn who has allowed me to include 4 of his tunes, some of which had not been published elsewhere.
Also thanks to Chris Ormston whose tune, The Bigg Market Lasses was my favourite tune throughout 2004. He has given me permission to include that and another couple of his tunes in the book.
There are many more first rate musicians up there, the above are just my personal favourites. Another great thing up there is the number of young musicians who are embarrassingly good, I don't dare take my fiddle in a pub up there 'cos sure as anything some 15 year old will sit down next to me with a flute, fiddle or whistle and blow me away ;-(.
Click to see the notation
Bonny Cragside, The
Blow the Wind Southerly, The
Morpeth Rant, The
Cheviot Rant, The
Lads of Alnwick, The
Sir Sidney Smith's March
Cuckold Come Out of The Amery
Glendale Hornpipe, The
Tynedale Hornpipe, The
Whittingham Vale Hornpipe
Coquetdale Hornpipe, The
Miss Thompson's Hornpipe,
Glen Aln Hornpipe,
Barrington Hornpipe, The
The Wonder Hornpipe
Redesdale Hornpipe, The
Locomotive Hornpipe, The
High Level Bridge Hornpipe
Rights of Man, The
Lads of North Tyne, The
Off to California
Belfast Hornpipe, The
Galway Hornpipe, The
Liverpool Hornpipe, The
Manchester Hornpipe, The
The Merry Blacksmith
The Maid behind the Bar
Blackberry Blossom, The
Wind that Shakes the Barley
Boys of the Lough, The
Trip to the Cottage
Tatter Jack Walsh
Frost is All Over, The
Irish Washerwoman, The
Saddle The Pony
Rollicking Irishman, The
Connaught Man's Rambles
Merrily Kiss the Quaker
Rakes of Kildare, The
Smash the Windows
Cliffs of Moher, The
Foxhunter's Jig, The
Dingle Regatta, The
Planxty Fanny Powers
Devil among the Tailors
Mason's Apron, The
King of the Fairies
Staten Island Hornpipe
Sailor's Hornpipe, The
Bonaparte Crossing The Rhine
The Britches Full o Stitches
Bill Sullivan's Polka
My Darling Asleep
Why bother printing out these screen displays of the music, you would do
much better buying a copy of the tunebook.
(£) GBP 21.50
(£) GBP 26
(£) GBP 28
Exchange rates and postal prices are working against me.
After much hesitation I have had to increase the prices, my apologies. It is still great value When I brought out this book it had 400+ tunes, it now has 480+ tunes, it was under 400g, it's now 500gm, which puts it into a higher postal rate, on top of which postal rates have increased considerably.
I have decided to change the pricing of the book to GBP only. Constantly varying exchange rates make it difficult to quote a price in $ or €. As it is possible to make a Paypal or credit/debit card payment in a variety of currencies I ask that you make your payment in GBP. The currency conversion is made made at the Interbank rate so you do not get ripped off. This is a lot easier than me having to constantly change rates and one of us perhaps losing, or gaining a few %.
(You might find this hard to believe, but I do not publish this book to make money, I possibly lose money on publishing the book. I do it because I want to see my Northumbrian culture preserved. My latest project is my photographic record of Northumberland, check that out next ;-)
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