Here is the latest list of tunes I have written over the years.   Click on each individual tune title to go to the the dots, midis, and ABCs of each tune. Alternatively click here to go to the page with the dots, midis and ABCs of all the tunes.    


The abc notation is a system, developed by Chris Walshaw  for notatingmusic in plain text format. There are a number of programmes for editing, displaying and printing music using ABC. See for more information and a number of ABC resources including a tune search.


I'd be interested to know if you should play any of my tunes at a session or performance, and grateful if you acknowledge my authorship.


After the Duck

- I wrote this after playing Le Canal en Octobre,  a tune title mis-heard and mis-translated in the Cheltenham area for a while as 'The Duck'.

Aka Polka 

- a tune I originally called by a different name.  When I wanted to change its name, this punning title became the obvious choice.

Alston Fiddle 

- written for a fiddle I found in an 'antiques' shop in Alston in Cumbria.

April Waltz 

- written in April 1988.


- written after watching pippistrelle bats flying around at dusk

Baz and Joy 

- a tune I wrote for the wedding of two very good friends, Baz and Joy Parkes

Bedfordshire Clanger 

- a tune we used for a dance of the same name in Redbornstoke Morris

Bell Schottische, The 

- a tune I wrote for Nottingham Swing for my new band Bosun Higgs. I named the tune after the excellent pub in Adderbury run by Sandra and Chris Shallis, whose cottage we used for weekend rehearsals

Boys on their Bikes, The 

- this was written following a day out on the bikes with the boys

Bread Street  

Bread Street (2nd version)  

- two slightly different versions of the essentially the same tune, the first is a hornpipe, the second, with some melody changes and played smoother and faster, a reel

Bunyan's Orchard 

- Bunyan's Orchard is in Harlington, Beds where I was living at the time. John Bunyan used to preach from the still-standing Bunyan's Oak in Harlington.

Declaration Schottische 

-written at the same time as Deed Polka, named for the the same event.

Deed Polka 

- a pun on 'Deed Poll' - a significant event in my life at the time I wrote it.

Diamond Sunday (Sunday with Greg) 

  - a lovely day out with Greg, my son.

Dream Waltz 

- a tune that came to me in a dream, almost fully formed.

Fir Tree Place 

- Fir Tree Place  is in Rodborough, Stroud, where I once stayed for a few days.

Frantic Rant 

- this is meant to be a descriptive title.

Friday Night (Through Monday) 

- that was how long it took to me write this tune.

Gilbert's Corner 

-named after the road where Jon Swayne, from Blowzabella, lives and has his instrument workshop.

Gregorian Rant 

- a tune I wrote for my son, Greg.  As it is a rant tune, I couldn't resist the pun.

Hike in the Snow 

- and lovely it was too.

Horse and Jockey 

- named after a long-gone pub in Hitchin which used to hold regular music sessions, led by the landlord.

January Waltz 

- the result of homework from my then saxophone tutor to write a tune on the saxophone.

Keldy Forest 

- Keldy Forest is near Pickering in North Yorkshire.

Late For Work 

- I wrote this tune when I had a bit of time before going to work....

Lazy Schottische 

- the title sums up the relaxed feeling of this schottische.

Merry Fiddler (1st Version)

Merry Fiddler (2nd Version) 

- the first, 32 bar, version of a jig I wrote for Cath Chandler, then the English String Band needed a 48 bar jig, so Rob Neal wrote a new A part, I wrote the C part, and with the original B part, here it is.

Out to Lunch 

- written over a lunch break from work

Park Home Polka 

- this tune was inspired by Alan Rawlinson, who, on hearing that I had moved into a Park Home, jokingly noted that I was now 'Trailer Trash'  -apparently an American term. I decided to go for the more 'polite' Park Home Polka.

Patrick's Polka 

- a polka written for my step son.

Pegsdon Hills 

- a favourite walking area


- one of my favourite parts of England, and one I often go back to.

Pete's Kettle 

- a challenge from Tim Normanton to write a tune about a kettle.

Pump Room Wedding March


Pump and Circumstance  

- written for my wedding to Jan in the Pittville Pump Rooms, Cheltenham, and played by the first incarnation of the English String Band as Jan walked down the aisle for the ceremony. 

Summer's Jaunt (6/8 version) 

- I originally wrote this as a 6/8 tune, then realised it worked very well as 4/4 16 bar schottische (see below).  This is the opposite way to Glakey Hornpipe, for example, which Ernest Kirkby originally wrote as a schottische but is now often played as 6/8 jig.

Summer's Jaunt (4/4 version) 

- I originally wrote this as a 6/8 tune (see above), then realised it worked very well as 4/4 16 bar schottische.  This is the opposite way to Glakey Hornpipe, for example, which Ernest Kirkby originally wrote as a schottische but is now often played as 6/8 jig.

Taylor's Ale 

- written in honour of my favourite brewery, Timothy Taylor of Keighly, West Yorkshire

2 ¾  Squared 

- I've forgotten why I named this tune thus (I think it was something to do with 3 Round 3), but I was very chuffed when Nigel Chippendale liked and played it.

What the Hull? 

- I wrote this at a time I was often going to Hull and visiting friends.  It is a rather 'crooked' tune - see below for a regularised version.

What the Hull? (regularised version)  

- This is a regularised version of the crooked tune of the same name (see above) 


- I originally wrote this as slow tune in C when I was going through a difficult time - hence the title, but, hey, optimism won out and it has turned into this reel in G.


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