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|PDF or LHS||Downloadable, Lyon & Healy/Salvi Publications|
|Harp Type||Lever Harp, Pedal Harp|
|Lyon & Healy/Salvi Publication (LHS)|
Caldew is a combination of two tunes from different Cumbrian manuscripts. The opening melody is taken from the book of Joseph Barnes, written in the 1760s. Barnes was a farmer from Holmcultram (now known as Abbeytown). He interspersed the music in the book with advice on curing ailments in cattle and a recipe for killing caterpillars in trees.
The second tune comes from the manuscript of William Irwin (1822 – 1889). Irwin worked as a cooper in the Elterwater Gunpowder Factory, but also earning good money from his fiddle-playing. His two tunebooks failed to survive the ravages of time, but, fortunately, some of the music was copied down in the 1920s by Ann Gilchrist.