the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

essays on the three-hole pipe

England: history of the pipe and tabor

18th century - literature






“I look upon myself, during the course of many years, to have resembled a tabor and pipe. I have since very much endeavoured at the sweetness, of the lute but in spite of all my resolutions, I must confess with great confusion, that I find myself daily degenerating into a bagpipe; whether it be the effect of my old age, or of the company I keep, I know not.”

Tatler. No. 153, April 1, 1710.

1719 'A Scotch Song', the Words by Mr. John Hallam, Set to Musick by Mr. John Cotterel. from: SONGS Compleat, Pleasant and Divertiv;

"Each bonny Lad shall with his loving Lass,
With Pipe and Tabor trip it on the Grass ;
With Chaplets gay my Jenny shall be crown'd,
And with her Loving Jockey 'Dance around : "

1720 or 1731 'The famous Historic of Fryer Bacon: containing the wonderfull things that he did in his life; also the manner of his death; with the lives and deaths of the two Conjurers, Bungye and Vandermast.' in Ancient Songs, Ballads, & Dance Tunes, Sheet Music & Lyrics.

" The second time, Fryer Bungy and he went to sleepe, and Miles alone to watch the brazen head; Miles, to keepe him from sleeping, got a tabor and pipe, and being merry disposed, sung this song "

1724, London ‘The Session of Musicians.In Imitation of the Session of the Poets.’

“Masters of various instruments flock here,
The Scottish pipe and British harp appear;
Lutes and guitars do form a beauteous line,
Whilst dulcimers with pipe and tabor join;”

Extract from ARCADIA. A DRAMATIC PASTORAL. by Robert Lloyd, A.M: (1733-1764).

"To the pipe and tabor beat
Frolic measures with your feet.
Ev'ry gift of time employ;
Make the most of proffer'd joy.....

So may all thy sylvan train,
Dryad, nymph, and rustic faun,
To the pipe and merry strain,
Trip it o'er the russet lawn!
May no thorn or bearded grass
Hurt their footsteps as they pass"

1766 'The Vicar of Wakefield' by Oliver Goldsmith

"Being apprized on our approach, the whole neighborhood came out to meet their minister, drest in their finest cloaths, and preceded by a pipe and tabor:"

1766 'Cymon A Dramatic Romance as it is Performed at the
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane', by David Garrick1766 play


1772 Epithalamium on the Marriage of the Earl of Strathmore

1772The Scots Magazine - Saturday 01 February 1772

17781778Caledonian Mercury - Saturday 08 August 1778
1782 song 1782 songHampshire Chronicle - Monday 19 August 1782
1783 from Journals and Correspondence of Miss Berry From the Year 1783 to 1852, Volume 1.
Author: Mary Berry (Kirkbridge, Park of Stanwick, North Riding of Yorkshire,1793 diary

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