John Locke

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John Locke, gipsy fiddler from Leominster, Herefordshire; born 1872, date of death 1947 [1]

Cecil Sharp collected several tunes from Locke around 1909 - see

David Sutcliffe has an entry on his website Sharps People

A cylinder recording of Locke playing an unnamed hornpipe is held by the British Library Sound Archive. This can be heard at (where it follows an unnamed singer singing "There is an ale house [Died for Love]"); or on its own at

This tune is often referred to as "John Locke’s Polka" but in the Musical Traditions article "Name that tune" Philip Heath-Coleman argues strongly that the tune as played by Locke was clearly a hornpipe - also that it is a version of the Bristol Hornpipe.

To English Traditional Players