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Welcome to the Traditional Tune Archive
The Semantic Index of North American, British and Irish traditional instrumental music with annotation, formerly known as
The Fiddler's Companion.

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Listen to the featured tunes of the weekTHE ROSE OF ALLENDALE .
The provenance of the song "Rose of Allendale" [Roud 1218] is sometimes credited to Ireland or Scotland, but the air and song is associated with north of England where Allendale is a town in Northumberland, north-east England. Rather than a traditional piece, it is a composed parlor song by Charles Jeffreys, set to music by Sidney Nelson in the first half of the 19th century. Dating the piece is uncertain: it was printed in England in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine in 1833, and was included in New York music publisher Edward Riley's Flute Melodies, vol. 4, dated 1826. The first stanza and chorus (in the Copper Family's version) go:

The morn was fair, the sky was clear, no breath came over the sea,
When Mary left her highland cot and wandered forth with me.
Though flowers decked the mountain side and fragrance filled the vale,
By far the sweetest flower there was the Rose of Allendale.

There is sometimes confusion of titles with J. Scott Skinner's “Rose Bud of Allenvale (The).”


THE ROSE OF ALLENDALE full Score, Annotations and Past Featured Tunes


X:1 % T:Rose of Allandale, The M:C L:1/8 R:Air K:C c>d | e3d c3B | dcBA G3G | G3c c2 de | d6 c>d | e3d c3B | dcBA G3G | A3c Bcde | c6 ||

Why TTA Who builds the Archive

Although we are not trained musicologists and make no pretense to the profession, we have tried to apply such professional rigors to this Semantic Abc Web as we have internalized through our own formal and informal education.


This demands the gathering of as much information as possible about folk pieces to attempt to trace tune families, determine origins, influences and patterns of aural/oral transmittal, and to study individual and regional styles of performance.
Many musicians, like ourselves, are simply curious about titles, origins, sources and anecdotes regarding the music they play. Who, for example, can resist the urge to know where the title Blowzabella came from or what it means, or speculating on the motivations for naming a perfectly respectable tune Bloody Oul' Hag, is it Tay Ye Want?
Knowing the history of the melody we play, or at least to have a sense of its historical and social context, makes the tune 'present' in the here and now, and enhances our rendering of it.

Andrew Kuntz & Valerio Pelliccioni


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Above all, the developers wish you joy in the use of the TTA.


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