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Navvy On The Line (G)

“Navvy On The Line” is another light-hearted hornpipe.  Often attributed to the Tyneside fiddler James Hill (1811-1853), a man fond of hornpipes, this tune is also called the “London Hornpipe.” The word “Navvy” is an 18th century truncation of “navigator,” referring to the well-paid, hard-drinking, and profligate manual laborers working on civil engineering projects in England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia, such as railroads and canals – which were planned to last forever, and so called “eternal navigations.”  Great Britain had more than 250,000 working navvies by the mid-1800s. This tune is popular in England, Scotland, Cape Breton, and parts of Australia and the U.S.

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Navvy On The Line, slow tempo


Navvy On The Line, med tempo


Navvy On The Line

Navvy On The Line






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