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Compositions
Songs and tunes written by Johnny Handle

* items on CDs or LPs
1.          1958*    Farewell to the Monty
2.          1958*    The Collier Lad
3.          1959*    The Stoneman’s Song
4.          1959*    My Gaffer’s Bait
5.          1959*    Stottin Doon the Waal
6.          1960*    The Day we went to the Coast
7.          1960*    The Fearless Mariner
8.          1961*    Durham Big Meetin Day
9.          1961      Sunderland Oak
10.        1961*     Is there owt secure?
11.        1962     The Sink Song
12.        1962*    And I was one of them
13.        1962*    The Trepanner Song
14.        1962*    The Abandoned Mine
15.        1962*    Because it doesn’t Pay
16.        1963*    The Shearer
17.        1964*    Dust
18.        1964*    Fill up the pints again
19.        1964*    The Old Pubs
20.        1964*    Penny for the Guy
21.        1965*    The New Spotlight
22.        1965*    The Union is my Song
23.        1966*    A Collier Brig on the Eastern Shore
24.        1968*    Schooldays
25.        1968     That’s the Army
26.        1970*    Drinkin at yer leisure
27.        1971*    Danny’s
28.        1971*    Old Man of the Village
29.        1971*    Hard times in ‘71
30.        1971*    Let your man out for a pint
31.        1974*    How much do we need coal?
32.        1974*    Decoratin’
33.        1975*    Sunny Winter Sunday
34.        1976*    The Clocker
35.        1976*    Too Short or too long
36.        1976*    A good line of patter
37.        1977*    New song of the Coal
38.        1977*    The Tynemouth Voluteer Life Brigade
39.        1977*    Around at the Corner House
40.        1977*    He’s got the on on the Run
41.        1979*    Guard yer man weel
42.        1979     Fatty
43.        1979     The Hands
44.        1980*    Going to the mine
45.        1980*    A tap on the heed
46.        1980*    Teesdole
47.        1981*    The wingein’ Wife
48.        1981*    Matty
49.        1981*    The Great Australian Dancer
50.        1982*    The Roman Waal Show
50.        1983*    The Hang Glider and the Shepherd
51.        1983      It was a long time before
52.        1984*    In our Town
53.        1984*    The Hexham Mart
54         1984*    Hexham Highway
55.        1984*    The Odd’n
56.        1984*    A Lemington Keel
57.        1985*    Down in me own Backyard
58.        1985      I’m a Tree
59.        1985     Wer Gonna make the town into a garden
60.        1985     Window Boxes
61.        1985*    Kestrel is the King
62.        1986*    On the farm
63.        1986*    Geordie Brown
64.        1986*    The North Country Maiden
65.        1986*    Come to the briny Ocean
66.        1988*    The Baker Day
67.        1989     They’re coming back to the water
68.        1990     Jacko
69.        1990     The Easter Boatman
70.        1990*    Swaletown
71.        1990*     Valentine Dance
72.        1991      Steer yer own boat
73.        1991      The Lift up bridge
74.        1991      Driving Through England
75.        1991      The Tangled Prop
76.        1991      In Board the Mary Anne
77.        1991      Aa’ve fund me roots
78.        1992*    The January Lamb
79.        1992     The Butcher’s Valentine
80.        1992     The Tangled prop(Again)
81.        1992     The Stowaway
82.        1992     The Watford Flight
83.        1992*    The Pet’s Song
84.        1992      Down at the pub on the cut
85.        1992      Making their way down the cut
86.        1992      I need you
87.        1992*     Follow the Country Code
88.        1993      Little Robin
89.        1993      Leather on Willow
90.        1993      Allendale won the cup
91.        1993      Midnight Boating
91.        1993      Aa’m sick of narrowboats
92.        1994      Take a look at that boat
93.        1997*     The Ballad of Jack Crawford
94.        1997*     The Troll
95.        1998*      Mr. Bonkle
96.        1998*     Freddy the Clown
97.        1998*     Riding in My car
98.        1999*     Halty Saturday
99.        1999*     Down on the Farm
100.      1999*     The Land where the fells meet the sky
101.      1999      Limavady John
102.      1999*    The Failed Shepherd
103.      2000      Down at the Coop Stores
104.      2000      In 2000 years
105.      2000      Jimmy Doon the Shaft
106.      2000      Te hear Aad Davey Talk
107.      2000      All around High Spen
108       2000      Annie’s Midnight Stovies
109.      2000      I went off to the Reservoir
110.      2000*     Midnight Whitby Harbour
111.      2000      Jack’s Plea
111.      2000      Flower Arrangin’
112.      2000      The Old Shepherd’s Ode to Wordsworth
113.      2000*    Cat up a tree
114.      2000*    Ode to the Leek
115.      2000      The Ribbon in the Sky
116.      2000*     The Long Summer Days
117.      2001*     The Butcher’s in my yard now
118.      2002      The Banner Song
119.      2002      The One that got Away
120.      2002*     What’ll Aa dee wi’ me feet
121.      2003      When Sunderland Won the Cup
122.      2005      The Seaham Explosion
123.      2005      The Wallsend Explosion
124.      2005      My Little Library
125.      2006     A Fine JCB
126.      2006     The Donegal Tweed Cap
127.      2006     Who will Cry?
128.      2006     The Geordie Leet
129.      2006     The New Navigators
130.      2008     I’ve got a little Cottage in the Country
131.      2009     The Dunkirk Spirit’s here again
132.      2010     Consett Steel   


1       Road to Ellington  (1962)

2       Botanic Gardens  (1963)

3       Cottage, The  (1968)

4       Gypsy Rose Rag  (1968)

5       Getting away in third  (1976)

6       Moonshine Polka  (1978)

7       Bonny St.Andrews Bay  (1979)

8       Sharp Lowse  (1979)

9       Whareham Dragonflies  (1983)

10     Beech Tree, The  (1983)

11     Fiddler’s Stepladder  (1983)

12     Black Haggs,The  (1983)

13     Blackberry Bank,The  (1984)

14     Water Under the Bridge  (1985)

15     Twiddler, The  (1985)

16     Difficult Fish, The  (1985)

17     Mauretannia March, The  (1986)

18     Wide Wind, The  (1986)

19     Baby in the Bath, The  (1986)

20     Bouncing Johnson  (1988)

21     Gin and Tonic  (1988)

22     C and D tune  (1988)

23     Electric Storm  (1988)

24     Miss Anna Pandrich  (1988)

25     Malvern Swings  (1988)

26     Down the Steps on a Friday Lowse  (1988)

27     Boy Johnson  (1988)

28     Braunston Locks  (1989)

29     Magnifying Glass, The  (1989)

30     Flash in the Pan, The  (1989)

31     Turning, The  (1989)

32     French Connection  (1989)

33     New Axe, The  (1989)

34     French Steak, The  (1989)

35     Heather’s Tune  (1989)

36     Cracker, The  (1989)

37     Mealy The Moose  (1989)

38     Pine Grove, The  (1989)

39     Power Theme, The  (1989)

40     All Over the Place  (1989)

41     Chopping the Elm(1989)

42     Duckwalk  (1989)

43     Just Six O’Clock at neet  (1990)

44     Foster’s Tune  (1990)

45     Sweir Polka  (1990)

46     Mandolin Stamp  (1990)

47     Jan’s Birthday Jig  (1990)

48     Galloping Plumber, The  (1990)

49     Fiddler’s Stamp, The  (1990)

50     Lister on Mary Anne, The  (1990)

51     New Baccy, The  (1990)

52     Stopping Train to Hexham  (1990)

53     Tricky Charlie  (1990)

54     Skagen Waltz, The  (1990)

55     Oh! Lass, divven’t grow up Yet  (1990)

56     Boatman’s March, The  (1990)

57     Bairns gan off te School  (1990)

58     Off with his whiskers   (1991)

59     Sting in the Tail  (1991)

60     Cat and the Hoover  (1991)

61     Ne Ripples on the Water  (1991)

62     Spooky Mist, The  (1991)

63     Waiting for beer at The Navigation Inn  (1991)

64     Wind on the Fell, The  (1991)

65     Occasional Glass, The  (1991)

66     Back Road, The  (1991)

67     Cruising round the contours  (1991)

68     Halty Saturday Morning  (1991)

69     Striding oot on a Sunda morn  (1991)

70     New Waltz  (1991)

71     Lass is sair troubled, The  (1991)

72     Bashful Glance, The  (1991)

73     Gadgies Lowp, The  (1991)

74     Leaving in Haste  (199)1

75     Stanegate, The  (1992)

76     Hornpolka  (1992)

77     Nettie Dripping, The  (1992)

78     Cruising on the Soar  (1992)

79     Cardhu, The  (1992)

80     Doggerdance  (1992)

81     Free Spirits  (1992)

82     Doon come the watter  (1992)

83     Away before breakfast  (1992)

84     Stop, stop at four O’Clock  (1992)

85     New Forest Pony, The  (1992)

86     Twa Reekit  (1992)

87     Wee Rory  (1992)

88     Tuesday Air  (1992)

89     Waltz Blues  (1992)

90     Examination Hornpipes, The  (1992)

91     Last Day at School, The  (1992)

92     Bank Loan, The  (1992)

93     Stances Patter   (1992)

94     Rag  (1992)

95     March of Time, The  (1992)

96     Halty Market Day  (1992)

97     Penny for them(1992)

98     There’s comfort in a bottle  (1993)

99     Lunchtime drink  (1993)

100   Gardener’s crate of Brown Ale, The  (1993)

101   Just Like Somethin’ Else  (1993)

102   Back to the Stances  (1993)

103   Waltzing Seagull, The  (1993)

104   Pleasures of the Morning  (1993)

105   Eat me Okra  (1994)

106   Air  (1994)

107   Only The Time  (1994)

108   Stop Time Slip  (1994)

109   Hookergate School Cooks  (1994)

110   Paret’s Evening, The  (1994)

111   Divven’t Stop Now!  (1994)

112   Applecross Bay  (1994)

113   Angela’s Kitchen  (1994)

114   A Grand Affair  (1994)

115   Defeat, The  (1994)

116   Electric Hairdryer, The  (1994)

117   Farewell to Carrsgate  (1994)

118   Put The Pressure On  (1994)

119   Net Ball Queen, The  (1995)

120   Nick’s Picks  (1995)

121   Wine in the Sun  (1995)

122   Frosty Sunshine March  (1995)

123   Rattle the Pots  (1996)

124   Benny’s Morning Yawn  (1996)

125   Polishing the Brass (A drop of Rum)  (1996)

126   Sealcall  (1996)

127   Double Drill Jig, The  (1997)

128   20 Course Meal, The  (1997)

129   Boolin’ The Eggs  (1997)

130   Replete Drinkers’ March  (1997)

131   Whickham Flower Show  (1997)

132   Land Where the Fells meet The Sky  (1997)

133   How big’s yer Croissants?  (1997)

134   Awkward Bairn, The  (1997)

135   A Lilt for Christine  (1998)

136   Scottish (Bathroom) Pipes  (1998)

137   Gold Touch of Evening, The  (1998)

138   Air  (1998)

139   Pipers’ Brew, The  (1998)

140   Dancy Waltz, The  (1998)

141   Great Rag of ’98, The  (1998)

142   Hornpipe  (1998)

143   Double Stopper, The  (1999)

144   All Roads to Whitby  (1999)

145   View From the Top  (1999)

146   Thumble  (1999)

147   Maytime March  (2000)

148   High Spen Millenium Carnival  (2000)

149   Winding Road to Alwinton  (2000)

150   Morning Breeze, The  (2000)

151   Galliping Heifers  (2000)

152   Rolling Fields of Corn  (2000)

153   Cheeky Polka, The  (2000)

154   December Rose  (2000)

155   Mucky Duck, The  (2000)

156   Road to Callender, The  (2000)

157   Cheque’s in the Post, The  (2000)

158   One for Will  (2000)

159   Tomtit Jig, The  (2001)

160   Boiling Mud  (2001)

161   Wear away the Horsetails  (2001)

162   Kitchen Hornpipe, The  (2001)

163   International Asian Hornpipe, The  (2001)

164   Hardworking Girl, The  (2001)

165   Mrs. Rachel Hendry  (2001)

166   A Good Span  (2001)

167   Galloping Lass, The  (2001)

168   Killhope Moor  (2001)

169   Spring Fever  (2001)

170   Wild Wind  (2001)

171   Welcome Home Hornpipe  (2001)

172   Just a Peek of Sunshine  (2001)

173   The Birthday Cuddle  (2002)

174   Blues to the Back  (2002)

175   Spring Jig  (2002)

176   Bruce the Bonesetter  (2002)

177   Bonny June Breeze, The  (2002)

178   Christmas Eve  (2002)

179   Mitten Kitten  (2002)

180   Call of the West, The  (2002)

181   Posh Shopping  (2002)

182   While the Porridge Cools  (2002)

183   Sunda’ Afternoon Waltz  (2002)

184   Student Matty  (2002)

185   Wee Stotter, The  (2002)

186   Cottingham Live  (2002)

187   Away with the humours of the Night  (2002)6

188   Caad winter widn’t gan away  (2003)

189   Joe Tait’s Polka  (2003)

190   Comliments to Scott Skinner  (2003)

191   Here comes the Coal Man  (2003)

192   Ides of March  (2003)

193   Replete Hornpipe  (2003)

194   Bairn Polka  (2003)

195   Sweir Beast  (2003)

196   March Mystery  (2003)

197   Tree Creeper, The  (2003)

198   New Bridge, The  (2003)

199   Keep oot o’ the Sun  (2003)

200   Ten O’Clock Polka  (2003)

201   Aad man’s love song tiv his Aad Wife  (2003)

202   Just Maybe  (2003)

203   May Blossom  (2003)

204   Septugenarian Hornpipe  (2003)

205   Interrupted Strathspey  (2003)

206   Off to Australia  (2003)

207   Four Reel Bar, The  (2003)

208   Walking the Dog  (2003)

209   A Rose in May  (2003)

210   Idle Hour Hornpipe, The  (2003)

211   Landless Ones, The  (2003)

212   Frida’ Neet Sup, The  (2003)

213   Irishman in Newcastle, The  (2003)

214   Lazy Hornpipe, The  (2003)

215   Early Morning March  (2003)

216   Up and at it  (2003)

217   Hot Rhubarb  (2003)

218   Return From Rothbury, The  (2003)

219   Crag Lough  (2003)

220   Gan Tae the Music  (2003)

221   Undergraduate, The  (2003)

222   Mandolin Tune  (2003)

223   Sunbeams  (2003)

224   Snail Mail Hornpipe  (2003)

225   Caad Nip of Autumn, The  (2003)

226   Old Man’s Jig  (2003)

227   Windowcleaner Hornpipe  (2003)

228   Waiting for the Computer  (2003)

229   Blackbird, The  (2003)

230   Homecoming Waltz  (2003)

231   Mrs. Fleetfoot     (2003)

232   Happy Meeting, The  (2003)

233   New Taties  (2003)

234   Gateshead Strut  (2004)

235   Robbie’s Not Deed  (2004)

236   Newcastle Antiquaries  (2004)

237   Blame it on the Mandolin  (2004)

238   Coals in the Snow  (2004)

239   Friday Mandolin  (2004)

240   Cheeky One, The  (2004)

241   Just a Memory  (2004)

242   Bonny Bairns of Netherton  (2004)

243   Old man’s march, The  (2004)

244   Tom’s Waltz  (2004)

245   Kipperfingers  (2004)

246   Donegal Cap, The  (2004)

247   Creeping up the Stairs  (2004)

248   Robin on the Spade  (2004)

249   Sentimental Fiddler  (2004)

250   Just the way me Grandad did  (2004)

251   Last of the Leaves  (2004)

252   Fiddler’s Breakfast  (2004)

253   Fiddler’s in the Kitchen  (2004)

254   Burnt Curry  (2004)

255   A Grand Day for Ducks  (2005)

256   Gentle Snow  (2005)

257   Summer Raindrops  (2005)

258   Lazy Afternoon  (2005)

259   First Bite  (2005)

260   Fallen Leaves  (2005)

261   Sunshine on the Dram  (2005)

262   What a bonny Ring   (Revised 2007)  (2005)

263   Humours of Myrtleville  (2006)

264   Off on the Free Bus  (2006)

265   Do it when the Sun Shines  (2006)

266   Summat Else  (2006)

267   Flying Fox  (2006)

268   Spanish Fly  (2007)

269   Furtavera Frogs  (2007)

270   Porridge Reel     (2007)

271   Miss Charlotte’s Jig  (2007)

272   Fine Fettle  (2007)

273   Off to Austraila again  (2007)

274   Little Computer Dog, The  (2007)

275   Breakfast Gans doon Weel  (2007)

276   March of Summer  (2007)

277   The Christening  (2007)

278   Play me a tune on your Mandolin  (2007)

279   Santa’s Awake  (2007)

280   The Great Australian Map  (2008)

281   Seagulls Fling at the Moon  (2008)

282   The Waikato Valley  (2008)

283   Farewell to Cairns  (2008)

284   Grey Squirrel Pie  (2008)

285   Scotch Fish  (2008)

286   Rolling Dunes (2008)

287   Cheque’s in the Post, The  (2008)

288   Dog Alarm  (2008)

289   Lazy Saturday Hornpipe  (2008)

290   Heather and Sweet Smoke  (2008)

291   Pension Week  (2008)

292   Autumn Beeches   (2008)

293   Jimmy Boyle’s March   (2009)

294   The Fruit Pickin’  (2009)

295   Farewell to Whitby (2009) 

296   If it’s good beer, we’ll drink it  (2009)

297   The bendy roads of Kintyre (2009)

298   Buzzards on Kintyre  (2009)

299   The Turning Leaves of Autumn  (2009) 

300   Waltz March (2009)

301   The Recuperation  (2009)

302   Bob Campbell’s Jig    (2010)

303   Izzy got the Salmon (2010)

304   Lean Back and listen  (2010)

305   The Slippery Hornpipe  (2010) 

306   Early Gleam   (2010)

307   The Jolly Magistrate  (2010)

308   November Snow  (2010)

309   New Year Waltz  (2011)

310   Six Nations in one day  (2011)

311   The Ten O’Clock Hornpipe (2011) 

312   Play  a little tune on your Mandolin   (2011)

313   Waiting for the builder  (2011)

314   The Curious Polka  (2011)

315   The Birds et me Brassicas   (2011)

316   The January Clarts  (2012)

317   The Spirit of the Morning  (2012)

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