I got this from the Benjamin Rose manuscript, from Belchalwell in Dorset in 1820ish. It is note-for-note the same in the 1770ish William Clarke manuscript, he’s from Lincoln.
There definitely is a twang of birdsong to this tune.
Like the Shooter’s Hornpipe this is from John Clare’s manuscript. Like the Shooter’s Hornpipe, it was in there in D but I moved it.
Compare the first part with yesterday’s Careless Sally.
This is not exactly a little-known tune, really, but I had to start somewhere. Written by John Morehead under the name “The Naval Column” to celebrate the proposed building of Nelson’s Column in London, this tune was later used in the popular play “Speed the Plow” where it acquired fame and of course a new name.
There are five variations in this recording. The first is the Morris dance which everybody ever plays. Then comes another G major version, from William Winter’s manuscript. Then it shifts into A major, which sounds a bit brighter on a fiddle (though unfortunately does annoy some melodeon players) for three further versions, the first from Benjamin Rose’s manuscript then another two from Winter.