Morpeth Rant - D MajorReel, Rant, Hornpipe

Author: William Sheild
Origin: England - Northumberland

This tune is attributed to William Sheild, who wrote or popularized it around 1792. Morpeth is a market town in Northumberland that evolved around a Norman fortress called Morpeth Castle. There is also a dance called The Morpeth Rant that is the National Dance of Northumbria. The dance has a long history and may be the reason there are so many different but related versions of this tune. It is also sometimes played as a hornpipe under the name Morpeth’s Hornpipe, Abram Wood’s Hornpipe, and others.