Memorial sculpture for James Hill, Bottle Bank

  • Description

    "Public artwork on Bottle Bank below the Hilton Hotel [[2724565]] 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' [[2422287]], '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 [[2125354]], is viewed as a test piece in fiddle competitions from Texas to the west of Ireland." Newcastle Journal 28 February 2006: Folk Archive Resource of the North East have a biography here:" Photo by Andrew Curtis, 2011.
  • Owner

    Andrew Curtis
  • Source

    Geograph (Geograph)
  • License

    What does this mean? Creative Commons License
  • Further information

    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 7 years, 1 month ago
    Viewed: 715 times
    Picture Taken: 2011-12-07
  • Co-Curate tags


Add a comment or share a memory.

Login to add a comment. Sign-up if you don't already have an account.


Co-Curate is a project which brings together online collections, museums, universities, schools and community groups to make and re-make stories and images from North East England and Cumbria. Co-Curate is a trans-disciplinary project that will open up 'official' museum and 'un-officia'l co-created community-based collections and archives through innovative collaborative approaches using social media and open archives/data.