Wednesday 25 September 2019
Tune of the Day: The Scholar
Traditional Irish reel and hornpipe
This tune is popularly attributed to James Hill (1811–1853), a fiddler from Tyneside, England famous for his hornpipes. The piece appears in his collection of tunes under the title “The South Shore”, but the attribution to him is not firm. Set as a reel, “The Scholar” is still a popular piece in Irish sessions, and, commencing in the early 20th century, it has also become a favorite of accordion players.