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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #20 on: November 02, 2011, 08:32:01 AM »

Does anyone have some background about Beatrice Hill and her polydexterous reel? Nick Barber mentions that the tune came from the English-Welsh border. In Nick's English Choice tunebook he has the second part up an octave - do english box players often play it that way?

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BEATRICE HILL'S THREE HANDED REEL. English, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is sourced to melodeon player Beatrice Hill, of Bromsberrow Heath, Forest of Dean, Worcestershire, who recorded it in 1952 for collector Russell Wortley. Hill's father was the village publican and was 'King', or leader, of the Bromsberrow Heath Morris Dancers. The tune was also in the repertoire of East Anglia hammered dulcimer player Walter Geary (Norfolk) and harmonica player Dennis Crowther (south Shropshire), and has even surfaced in folk tradition in Australia, played by fiddler Charlie Bachelor as a schottische. It is also known by the title "Late Kelly's Wake" in Australia



I have a vague recollection of seeing a photograph of her somewhere (presumably taken by Russell Wortley) with a Hohner 1-row, but I can't remember where.  Probably in an EFDSS Folk Music Journal..
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #21 on: November 02, 2011, 08:46:51 AM »

I have a vague recollection of seeing a photograph of her somewhere (presumably taken by Russell Wortley) with a Hohner 1-row, but I can't remember where.  Probably in an EFDSS Folk Music Journal..

Tried a Google Image search and found nothing except if you search Beatrice Hill melodeon the 6th image is ME and 48th is LdT   ;D
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2011, 12:46:30 PM »

BEATRICE HILL'S THREE HANDED REEL. English, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is sourced to melodeon player Beatrice Hill, of Bromsberrow Heath, Forest of Dean, Worcestershire, who recorded it in 1952 for collector Russell Wortley.
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When did the Forest of Dean move? "The Forest of Dean is a geographical, historical and cultural region in the western part of the county of Gloucestershire".
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #23 on: November 02, 2011, 01:42:20 PM »

BEATRICE HILL'S THREE HANDED REEL. English, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is sourced to melodeon player Beatrice Hill, of Bromsberrow Heath, Forest of Dean, Worcestershire, who recorded it in 1952 for collector Russell Wortley.
When did the Forest of Dean move? "The Forest of Dean is a geographical, historical and cultural region in the western part of the county of Gloucestershire".
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Come to that, when did Bromsberrow Heath move to The Forest of Dean?  It's near Ledbury, which as I recall is in Herefordshire. (OK, admittedly it's right on the Gloucestershire border, but still not Forest of Dean).
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2011, 02:01:00 PM »

In my defense I just cut'n'pasted it  ::)

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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #25 on: November 02, 2011, 03:32:14 PM »

I've been listening to a MIDI of this at work to familiarise myself with the tune a bit.  Am I right in thinking this would work as a round?
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #26 on: November 02, 2011, 04:08:35 PM »

In my defense I just cut'n'pasted it  ::)

I'm sure you did - no responsibility on your part implied!!  ;D
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #27 on: November 02, 2011, 04:19:51 PM »

Simple sketches from Suffolk., or should that be...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRVE70DgmvQ

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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #28 on: November 03, 2011, 12:15:46 PM »

Simple sketches from Suffolk., or should that be...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRVE70DgmvQ

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Lovely rendition, thank you, I stand some chance of getting to grips with this now. (:)
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #29 on: November 07, 2011, 06:30:21 AM »

Played here with Three Jolly Sheepskins on a Salterelle one row in D before I sold it to get my hot little hands on one of  Mike Rowbotham's 1930's Erika (and no regrets) ~http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09J1-V5jFqw
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #30 on: November 07, 2011, 11:59:55 AM »

Played here with Three Jolly Sheepskins on a Salterelle one row in D before I sold it to get my hot little hands on one of  Mike Rowbotham's 1930's Erika (and no regrets) ~http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09J1-V5jFqw

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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #31 on: November 07, 2011, 06:51:17 PM »

This really shows why so many of us love one rows. Excellent playing and a great, raw sound. Where can I get one like that???
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #32 on: November 07, 2011, 07:01:56 PM »

Here's mine, quite unadventurous, but I did try the B music an octave lower third time round.
Oakwood D/G (the new Dino special hasn't fallen out of favour, it just happened to be packed in the car for a gig at the time and I couldn't be bothered to drag it out again)

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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #33 on: November 07, 2011, 07:51:48 PM »

This really shows why so many of us love one rows. Excellent playing and a great, raw sound. Where can I get one like that???

I have one which I was planning to put up for sale once I get some photos done.....
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #34 on: November 07, 2011, 08:59:13 PM »


I have a vague recollection of seeing a photograph of her somewhere (presumably taken by Russell Wortley) with a Hohner 1-row, but I can't remember where.  Probably in an EFDSS Folk Music Journal..

Among my music books I have one called "A Little Music - a collection of folk songs, instrumental tunes and dances" selected and compiled by Ashley Hutchings. Published 1976 (?) and the price was only £2,75.

Anyone else who has this book? All pictures are printed in a green color.

Page 37: Three Handed Reel with a picture of Mrs Beatrice Hill with a one row two stop box. Photograph taken by George Felton. I have scanned a copy of page 37.
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #35 on: November 07, 2011, 09:47:32 PM »

This really shows why so many of us love one rows. Excellent playing and a great, raw sound. Where can I get one like that???

I have one which I was planning to put up for sale once I get some photos done.....
If its in D (and in my price range) I would be interested.
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #36 on: November 08, 2011, 09:06:53 AM »

Crikey! First of all the Forest of Dean in Worcestershire now Herefordshire is apparently in Gwent. Everywhere is on the move!
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #37 on: November 08, 2011, 09:33:43 AM »

a Salterelle one row in D

That's a very different beast to my Salterelle 1 row in D...

I wonder how many models they did/do?

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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #38 on: November 08, 2011, 05:02:42 PM »

"Crikey! First of all the Forest of Dean in Worcestershire now Herefordshire is apparently in Gwent. Everywhere is on the move!" - Tectonics??
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2011: Beatrice Hill's Three Hand Reel
« Reply #39 on: November 08, 2011, 07:57:47 PM »

Here's one schottischifieed a bit. I recorded an introduction afterwards and stuck it on the beginning which seemed to work at the time but...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6Mlnf50OSY
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