Speed the Plough

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Well, this one’s claimed by the English, the Irish, the Americans and the Scots, and is described variously as a hornpipe, a breakdown, a morris dance and a reel.

It can be heard (i.e. I have heard it) in just about any session of English tunes. The version we play, as a reel, is that found in Kerr’s First Collection of Merry Melodies, published c1875. The main difference between the English and Scottish versions is that the latter has about twice as many notes!

Image “God Speed The Plough And The Woman Who Drives It” / H.G. Gawthorn ; D.A. & S. Ld. London.

The Jones Boys play highly accomplished traditional music from Ireland, England, Scotland, Brittany, Sweden, Bulgaria …

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