THE LADS LIKE BEER BOOK: The Fiddle Music of James Hill’s Tyneside

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THE LADS LIKE BEER BOOK: The Fiddle Music of James Hill’s Tyneside

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James Hill, c.1810-1853, was called the “Paganini of hornpipe players.” Despite a short and seemingly turbulent life he was the foremost fiddler and composer on Tyneside during the mid-nineteenth century. Many of his tunes have withstood the test of time and are still regarded as classics of the traditional fiddler’s repertoire. This well illustrated account of his life and times shows that in spite of personal difficulties he was part of a vibrant music scene on Tyneside during the 1840/50’s. Included are the music and background notes for 65 tunes thought to have been composed by Hill or which have become associated with him. From similar sources there are another 34 tunes composed by contemporary fiddlers or tunes with North Eastern associations.

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