Description"Public artwork on Bottle Bank below the Hilton Hotel [] by Peter Coates (2006) as a celebration for the life and legacy of folk fiddler, James Hill (1811-1853), the 'Paganini of hornpipe players'. The metal plaque in the foreground bears the inscription: 'James Hill of Bottle Bank, world renowned fiddle player and composer of tunes. The finest exponent of the Newcastle hornpipe style. Most active 1842-1852.' The bench is inscribed with Hill’s song titles including 'Beeswing' [], 'Bottle Bank' and 'The Hawk' (named for pub on Bottle Bank where he lived). Alistair Anderson, artistic director of Folkworks, based at nearby Sage Music Centre, says: "Hill's tunes have spread around the English-speaking world. His best-known composition, the 'High Level hornpipe', written for the 1849 opening of the High Level Bridge [], is viewed as a test piece in fiddle competitions from Texas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5tNKsWQZQs to the west of Ireland." Newcastle Journal 28 February 2006: http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Sculpture+celebrates+daddy+of+hornpipe.-a0142608761 Folk Archive Resource of the North East have a biography here: http://www.folknortheast.com/learn/biographies/james-hill" Photo by Andrew Curtis, 2011.
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Further informationLink: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2724375
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Added by: Simon Cotterill
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Picture Taken: 2011-12-07