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Earl Grey

This classic strathspey was composed by James Hill, who was born in Dundee, but who lived in Gateshead, near Newcastle in England. Hill is best remembered for his hornpipes, such as ‘The Bee’s Wing’ and ‘The High Level’.

Charles Earl Grey (1764-1845) from Falloden, Northumberland, was a prime minister who was considered a hero because of his Great Reform Bill of 1832, which gave the vote to many more people.

As well as this tune, there is a bergamot-flavoured tea named after him. Bergamot comes from a citrus fruit.

Listen to 'Earl Grey', played by Colin Campbell (fiddle) and Katherine Campbell (piano).