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The Old and the New Book - Robin Dunn

Highly respected on the scene in north-east England, Robin Dunn is a fiddler, mandolinist and composer of tunes in the traditional idiom. This book is what he considers are his best works which he has carefully matched, in sets, with other choice tunes - his inspirations in fact - from the local tradition.


The book has been put together in response to repeated requests for 'the dots' of the tunes played at La Toque Bleu (Robin's band) performances. It covers all of the album 'The Rocking Horse' plus a wide selection Robin was playing before he started composing. Rather than keeping the old and the new separate Robin has mixed them together to make new sets.


Besides the tunes there are also several dances to be found along with notes and comments from Robin, a great book for lovers of Northumbrian music; it's worth buying just for the two hard to find classic tunes by Willie Taylor 'The Pearl Wedding' and 'Nancy Taylor's Reel', two cracking reels which are played repeatedly at sessions not just in Northumberland but throughout the whole of England.




Addison Rapper Team

Andrew's March

Ann Frazer MacKenzie

Back Braes

The Barley Mow Village Hall

Barren Rocks of Aden

The Battery

Bernhervie Picnic

The Brickie

The Broken Chanter

The Cauld Pool

Chris and Sara's Tune

Cloverdale Pearl

The Cockroach

Day of the Griffiths

The Eight-thirty March Emma's Liquorice Boats

Famous White Pudding

Hollins' Jig

Wedded in me Auld Claes

I Won't do the Work

The Jigsaw

Joe Scurfield's Favourite

The Kipper

Liz and Ali's Anniversary Waltz

Meeting of the Waters

Miss Linda MacFarlane

Mona Cameron

Mrs Milligan

Mr Welch's Favourite

Nancy Taylor's Reel

Neil Smith's Waltz Newcastle Kingsmen Visit Sicily

New March

Opening Time

The Overture

Pam and Julia's March

The Pearl Wedding

Phillipe Dumont's Visit England

The Plum Tree


Reciprocal Reel

Reel des Jeunes Marie

Compliments to Chuck Fleming

Robin's Rant

Rocking Horse

Rodney on the Dance Floor

Rosecroft Rant Ross's Reel

Roxburgh Castle

Snod's Edge

Summerhill Hornpipe

Summerhill Two-step


The Swing Bridge

The Telephonist

La Toque Bleu

Trip to Dryburgh

Trish's Waltz

Two Steps Forward one back

Walkerville Reel

Wallsend Memorial Hall

Whinham's Reel

Kimber's Double Take

The Old and the New Book - Robin Dunn

SKU: AR108
  • A fascinating book, with chords, by fiddle and mandolin player, Robin Dunn. Robin, well respected in the north east, brings together a selection of his own compositions along with traditional favourites from the region. A couple of fabulous tunes composed by Willie Taylor, The Pearl Wedding and Nancy Taylor's Reel are here. They are extremely widely played and are unavailable elsewhere.

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