The Lads Like Beer

An important part of the fiddle revival was the rediscovery and exploration of important seams of repertory which was either overlooked or awaiting exploitation. This was particularly true of the compositions of Scottish born Tyneside fiddler James Hill whose tunes were popular with all fiddlers and concertina players in the 1970s and 80s. Much work has been done by historian and piper Graham Dixon in compiling a definitive collection of Hill’s tunes and putting his life into context. I was delighted to meet Graham yesterday and to hear of the republication (with an excellent CD) of his Hill book The Lads Like Beer. It is s super production that I strongly recommend.