The Travelling Folk


The Travelling Folk (TTF) is a travelling folk club for West Kent and East Sussex. We don't meet regularly in one venue but gather in pre-selected pubs around the area on the first and third Thursdays of each month to enjoy ourselves and to bring folk music to those who may not have had the opportunity of experiencing a live folk session before. |



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Favoured session tune sets

TFF evenings usually begin with a few tunes (based mainly on the Lewes Arms tune book). Of course, other tunes may be played, especially during the course of an evening, but we think a standard, shared repertoire is a great asset for encouraging beginners.

Tunes are played in session-friendly keys (i.e. G or D), mainly to accommodate melodeons. Although historically dances would have been confined to a single tune, it's now common practice when playing tunes in sessions to arrange them in sets.

Jimmy Allen (G) x 2 / Rakes of Mallow (G) x 2 / Huntsman’s Chorus (G) x 2 / Jimmy Allen (G) x1
Flowers of Ashgill (G) x 3 / The Man in the Moon (G) x 3
Uncle’s Jig (G/D) x 3 / Oyster Girl (G) x 3
Princess Royal (G) x 3 / Portsmouth (G) x 3
Planxty Irwin (D) x 3 / Fanny Power (G) x 3
Sussex Bonny Breast Knot (G) x 2 / Three Around Three (G) x 2 / Double Lead Through (G) x 2
Marmalade Polka (G) x 3 / Golden Slippers (G) x 3
Harper’s Frolic (D) x 3 / Bonny Kate (G) x 3
Cock of the North (G) x 3 / Wi’ a Hundred Pipers (G) x 3
Bonnie Dundee (G) x 3 / Westering Home (G) x 3
Brighton Camp (G) x 3 / Curly Headed Ploughboy (G/D) x 3 + 1 A part to finish
St Anne’s Reel (D) x 3 / The Tipsy Parson (D) x 3
Redwing (G) x 3 / Winster Gallop (G) x 3
Walter Bulwer’s No. 2 (G/D) x 3 / Walter Bulwer’s No. 1 (G/D) x 3
Three Around Three (G) x 3 / Flowers of Edinburgh (G) x 3
Maggie in the Wood (G) x 3 / Salmon Tails up the Water (G) x 3
Dorset Four Hand Reel (G) x 3 / Winster Gallop (G) x 3
Sean South (G) x 2 / Kelly the Boy from Killane (G) x 2 / Boys of Wexford (G) x 2 / Sean South (G) x 1
The Blaydon Races (G) x 3 / The Keel Row (G) x 3
Hunt the Squirrel (G) x 3 / Fox and Geese (G) x 3
Scan Tester’s Quadrille (D) x 3 / Clee Hill (D) x 3
Michael Turner’s Waltz (G) x 4
Cotillion (G) x 4
Egan’s Polka (D) x 3 / John Ryan’s Polka (D) x 3
Jack Robinson (G) x 3 / The Bourton Six (G) x 3
I Come from Alabama (G) x 2 / Camptown Races (G) x 2 / Marching Through Georgia (G) x 3

The Lambton Worm (G) x3 / Keep yer Feet Still Geordie Hinny (G) x3
Steamboat Hornpipe (G) x3

Last updated by 7 October 2014