James Hill was born in Scotland at some time between 1810 and 1818. Oral tradition says that his family came from the Dundee area. He was most active musically in the 1840's and 1850's as a highly influential urban virtuoso fiddler and tunesmith in the Tyneside area of the UK, around Gateshead and Newcastle. It is supposed that he died during the 1850's. The most important collection of his tunes and summary of his life and times is the book:- The Lads Like Beer, The Fiddle Music Of James Hill; Dixon,Graham; Midlothian; Random Pub.; 1987
Read a fuller biography of him on the Farne website.
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