Peacock’s March

Much loved by Northumbrian Pipers, I first came across this tune played by Chris Ormston. I think it makes a cracking fiddle tune and has more than a whiff of the Swedish gånglat about it – or maybe I’ve just been corrupted by too many visits to Hälsingland. The tune is to be found in Bruce and Stokoe’s classic ‘Northumbrian Minstrelsy’, published in 1882 and is also in the first volume of the Northumbrian Pipers’ Tune Book.





Peacock’s March

Download includes the sheet music of Peacock’s March, with suggestions for bowings and ornaments. Recordings of the tune are provided at two slower speeds with a click beat introduction, and a free interpretation of the tune without a click beat.

The sheet music (pdf) contains:

  1. Source material with chord suggestions
  2. Bowing suggestions
  3. Ornamentation suggestions
  4. Realization including ringing strings and double stops.

The recordings include both mp3 and m4a formats for each of the recordings:

  1. The tune at 068 bpm
  2. The tune at 080 bpm
  3. Free interpretation of the tune