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Pauline Cato's Northumbrian Choice Book - Pauline Cato

This book of Northumbrian tunes and the accompanying recordings reflect the beauty and variety of the region - haunting slow airs can be found alongside exciting reels and jigs. Also included are some of the oldest known Northumbrian tunes, along with some recently adopted tunes, some well-known songs and, of course, tunes with variations, an important part of the Northumbrian tradition.

Northumbrian music is currently increasing in popularity as is its own instrument, the Northumbrian pipes. This collection is an excellent introduction for anyone new to Northumbrian music and will ,of course, be of interest to those who are already enthusiasts. It can be seen as a 'survival guide' to the Northumbrian session... it is suitable for any instrument and includes chords for accompanists.

Pauline Cato is a virtuoso of the Northumbrian pipes and she has recorded all the tunes in the book on two albums where she is accompanied by George Welch and Andy Gregory.

The book is enhanced greatly by a series of wonderful photographs of the region taken by Pauline's father, Danny Cato; foreword by Jim Lloyd, discography, bibliography, this package is a must for all lovers of Northumbrian music.




Athole Highlanders 

Barrington Hornpipe 

Because He was Bonny Lad

Bellingham Boat 

Biddy the Bowl Wife 

Black Cock of Whickham

Blow the Wind Southerly 

Bob and Joan 

Bonny at Morn 


Buttered Peas 

Canny Newcastle 

The Cliff 

Come Ye Not from Newcastle? 

Corn Riggs 

Crooked Bawbee 

Come Out of the Amrey 

De'il Amang the Tailors 

Derwentwater's Farewell 

My dear and only love 

Durham Rangers 

Flower of Northumberland

Fairly Shot of Her

Fair Maid of Whickham 

Felton Lonnen 

Friendly Visit 

Grand Chain 

Harlequin's Jig 

Harvest Home 

The Hawk 

Herd on the Hill 

Hesleyside Reel 

Wedded in My Auld Claes 

Hexham Races 

High Level Hornpipe 

Holmes' Fancy 

Jimmy Allen 

Johnny Armstrong 

Keelman Ower the Land 

Keelman's Petition 

Keel Row 

Feet Still Geordie Hinny 

Lads of Alnwick 

Apprentice lads of Alnwick 

Lads of North Tyne 

Lamb Skinnet

Lamshaw's Fancy 

Lemonville Jig 


Linhope Loup 


Madame Bonaparte 

Mason's Apron 

Mile to Ride 

Millicent's Favourite 

Minstrel's Fancy 

Miss Thompsons Hornpipe 

Morpeth Rant 

My Dearie Sits Ower Late 

Nae Good Luck Aboot Hoose


New High Level 

Peacock Follows the Hen 

Pet of the Pipers 

Garfield's Hornpipe 

Proudlock's Hornpipe 


Redesdale Hornpipe

Remember Me

Roxburgh Castle 

Rusty Gulley 

Saddle the Pony 

Saint Anne's Reel 

Salmon Tails 

Sheffield Hornpipe 

Sir John Fenwick's 

Small Coals Little Money 

South Shore 


Squire of Bensham 


'Til the Tide Comes In 

Wade Hampton's Hornpipe 

Ward's Brae 

Welcome to the Town Again

Whinham's Reel 

Whinshield's Hornpipe 

Whittingham Green Lane 

Wife of My Own 


Winster Gallop

Pauline Cato's Northumbrian Choice Book - Pauline Cato

SKU: AP106
  • Here we have 89 tunes, with chords from the Northumbrian tradition presented by Pauline Cato, virtuoso exponent of the Northumbrian small pipes. This collection is an excellent introduction to anyone interested in this type of music and can be seen as a survival guide to Northumbrian sessions.

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