Aldborough


Part 4 in the Evergreen Band series of copyable band and piano parts: 10 old Norfolk tunes from the playing of Herbert Mallett of Aldborough, Mr Newstead of Wickmere and George Craske of Sustead

George Craske

"By the time we met George Craske of Sustead near Cromer, in the summer of 1977, he didn't play at home any more: as he put it, his 'people were getting old': but he kept a melodeon at his mate Frank Ward's house in the village, and another in the shed at his allotment, where we recorded him, while Frank showed us some dances. He and Frank used to bike to village halls to play for dancing, along with a drummer. George was the resident musician for the locality and knew all the old dancers. When we visited him again in October of the same year, he had just played for a Harvest Frolic in a nearby barn with a concrete floor - 'bad for dancing' he said.
George's repertoire consisted of lots of polkas, several waltzes (often popular songs) and barndance tunes, and also The Keel Row for the Poker dance, danced with the poker (or rope) flat on the floor (as with a broom in Cambridgeshire). He also had some special tunes from his father, but he declined to play these for us. As with many Norfolk musicians, George had jigs for the Long Dance, and a score of hornpipes for stepdancers. He always said that every stepdancer had his own tune, and George must have known quite a few!"

Notes by Ann-Marie Hulme and Peter Clifton from The Pigeon on the Gate

Herbert Mallett

All we know at the moment about Herbert is that he was born at Thurgaton in 1889, married Mildred Williamson and had two children. His playing of 5 tunes was noted by Joan Roe at Aldborough in 1935 - 7. The following is from a talk Joan gave in about 1938:
"In August 1935, thanks to Mrs Gay once more, I was able to hear a feast of tunes, played by Mallett of Aldborough, who used to hear them from his uncle who lived at Gresham. The first seems to have a flavour of Haste to the Wedding. The second is the one which the EFDS has just published in the Coronation book. The third has an irregular rhythm in the B music. The fourth is is certainly a version of the tune which is set to the North Skelton sword dance, Lass o' Dallogill, but Mallett insists on a long note in the second half. The fifth sounds very 'popular song-ish."

Notes from Joan Roe. Photo: Rig-a-Jig-Jig

Mr Newstead

We know even less about Mr Newstead, not even his first name! His playing was noted by Joan Roe in Wickmere in 1932 and 1935. From the same talk as above Joan wrote: "Meanwhile we were dancing the Long dance to to the tune which came from Sidestrand in 1929, but in 1932, thanks to the kindness of Mrs Gay, we were introduced to the Starry Ramble tune, as played by Newstead of Wickmere. This tune, probably a version of yet another popular song, is found in some shape or form all over Norfolk, even the Sidestrand one being a superior and respectable relation. With this tune we had a few lines of refrain:"

A starry night for a ramble in the flowery dell,
Through the bush and bramble, kiss and never tell...

"...and I was very interested to find these words and two other verses printed in I walked by night, the life story of the king of the Norfolk poachers. The verses are labelled Ploughboy's Song, and are attributed to West Norfolk. The other verses are:..."

I like to take my sweetheart out
When you picture to yourself
(of course you do says she)
A scene of such delight

And softly whisper in her ear
who would not take a ramble
'How dearly I love thee'
On a starry night.

"...Although its musical value is slight, we took the Starry Ramble tune to our hearts and danced to it almost exclusively for several years, incidentally spreading it well over England!"
Joan was a Norwich piano teacher who visited local musicians at the suggestion of members of the English Folk Dance & Song Society mainly between 1932 and 1936. She took their tunes down on manuscript paper. Newstead is a fairly common name in Norfolk and there is no known connection between Mr Newstead of Wickmere and Walter Newstead of Cockthorpe. (See notes on Hindringham Home Page.)

Notes from Joan Roe

Download Music Files

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Band Arrangements:
Title Key Form of tune From the playing of
The Perfect Cure
Mallett's Jig No 2
C
C
32 bar Jig
32 bar Jig
Herbert Mallett
Herbert Mallett
Haste to the Wedding
Mallett's Jig No 1
C
G
32 bar Jig
32 bar Jig
Herbert Mallett
Herbert Mallett
The Lass o' Dallogill
Starry Night for a Ramble
G
C
32 bar Jig
32 bar Jig
Herbert Mallett
Mr Newstead
Mr Newstead of Wickmere
Wickmere Long Dance Tune
C
F
16 bar Hornpipe
16 bar Hornpipe
Mr Newstead
Mr Newstead
Jack & Jimmy
Sustead Schottische
C
C
16 bar Hornpipe
16 bar Schottische
George Craske
George Craske

Piano Arrangements: Click here to download and save all the Aldborough Tunes for piano

In the downloaded files, parts for each pair of tunes are listed as follows:
In C:
01 Melody at pitch (Violin, Flute, Recorder, Melodeon)
02 Harmony at pitch
03 Simple harmony at pitch
04 Bass in bass clef (Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Cello, Tuba)
In Bb:
05 Melody for Bb instruments (Clarinet, Cornet, Trumpet)
06 Harmony for Bb instruments
07 Simple harmony for Bb instruments
08 Bass for Bb instruments, treble clef (Tenor Sax, Baritone, Bb Bass)
In Eb:
09 Melody for Eb instruments (Alto Sax, Tenor Horn)
10 Harmony for Eb instruments
11 Simple harmony for Eb instruments
12 Bass for Eb instruments, treble clef (Baritone Sax, Eb Bass)
Other:
13 Simple accompaniment (Piano, Organ, Accordion)
14 Chord charts (Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Accordion, Bass)
15+ Score