Tune of the Day: The Friendly Visit
The first known appearance of this tune in print is in Volume 4 of James Kerr's Merry Melodies (ca. 1880), as “English Clog Hornpipe”.
The tune is very popular in County Donegal, Ireland, where it is often played in A major. It has also had enough currency in Northumberland to be considered local, with origins perhaps in the Irish migrant labor attracted by opportunities in the Tyneside dockyards. One local Northumbrian name for the hornpipe is “Whittle Dene”.
Thanks to Phil for suggesting this tune!