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The Keel Row

Keel Row Brass Band
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Although the ‘Keel Row’, or to give it its full title “Weel May The Keel Row”, has long been associated with Newcastle and Tyneside it was first printed in Edinburgh about 1770 in 'A Collection of Favourite Scots Tunes'. The word "keel" is from an Anglo-Saxon derivation meaning ship, but on the Tyne and Wear it was applied to a clumsy great oval, flat-bottomed boat used for carrying twenty tons of coal at a time. The boat was steered by two men known as "keel bullies". Who were famous for their hard lives, drinking and knocking their wives around. 

Arranged for Brass Band by Lee Morris this famous tune captures both its early origins and the hustle and bustle of the Tyneside dockyard with one or two references to other tunes from the area. A short, snappy score, which makes a great encore or concert livener.

ArrangerLee Morris
CategoryBrass Band
DurationCirca 2 mins
DifficultyThis piece has difficulty rating of 2.5 on a scale one through 6, with 6 being the hardest. Click here to see how we grade our band sets.
InstrumentationSolo Eb Horn
2nd Bb Cornet
3rd Bb Cornet
1st Bb Tenor Trombone
2nd Bb Tenor Trombone
Bass Trombone
Bb Euphonium
Drum Set
Bass Drum
Suspended Cymbals
Eb Soprano Cornet
Solo Bb Cornets
Repiano Bb Cornet
1st Eb Horn
2nd Eb Horn
1st Bb Baritone
2nd Bb Baritone
Eb Bass
Bb Bass
Parts SuppliedFor a full list of parts supplied under our free postage scheme, please visit FAQ's.
Catalogue No.
Product Code: SM0311

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