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O'er Lang at the Fair

'Smallpipes and Concertina from Northumberland’


Rob Say

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Rob Say is one of today’s foremost performers of traditional music from the North East of England. A she learned, he was fortunate to be able to listen to, and play with, some of the greatest of the older generation of musicians.

He plays English concertina and the iconic instrument of Northumbria, the smallpipes, on which he has won many competitions. Here he duets with another champion piper Andy May, as well as being accompanied by the lively piano playing of Will Chamberlain.

Rob has absorbed his local style of playing, and he now continues and enhances one of the British Isles’ most vital musical traditions.



1. The Gilsland Hornpipe (Trad) /Old Tom's Rant (Trad) /Bewick's Hornpipe (Trad) - 3.30
2. Coilsfield House (Nath. Gow ) - 3.40
3. Powburn Lads (Trad) /The Real Thing (I. Scott) /Alfie Pigg's Jig (A. D. Schofield ) - 3.20
4. The Farmyard Schottische (R. Purvis) - 2.37
5. The English Bring to Gratney Green the Lasses that Ha'e Siller (Trad) /Farewell (Trad) - 3.27
6. The Idle Bairn (M. Watchorn) /The Blokes of Bluehill (Trad) /Little Jenny (T. W. Pigg) - 5.04
7. Christine Taylor's Jig (W. Taylor) /The October Jig (R. Purvis) - 3.34
8. Jean Kirkpatrick's Fancy (A. Rennie) /Whinshield's Hornpipe (J. L. Dunk) - 3.19
9. Bonny Tyneside (Trad) /Napoleon's Grand March (Trad) - 5.22
10. Squirrel in the Tree (Trad) /Jack's Pocket Ashtray (G. Edwardson) /Aunty Mary's Canadian Jig (Trad) - 3.17
11. Because He Was a Bonny Lad (Trad var. R. Say) - 3.20
12. The Newlywed’s Waltz (L. Mackenzie ) - 2.07
13. The Omnibus (J. Hill) /The Exhibition (J. Hill) - 2.67
14. Farewell to Whisky (Niel. Gow ) - 4.30
15. The Belfast Polka (Trad ) - 2.31
16. Cut and Dry Dolly (Trad arr. A. May & R. Say ) - 3.07

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