The Simpson /Gordon Manuscript is a small but significant source of information regarding the typical repertoire
of County Antrim fiddle players in the 1830`s and 40`s.This mixture of tunes Irish,Scottish and European is surely indicative
of the origins of the Ulster Scots tradition of fiddle playing.The small hand written collection (with many musical
errors) contains reels, jigs,hornpipes, Marches,Waltzes,O`Carolan music,Polkas,Quick Steps,Quadrilles and Neil Gow music. There
are of course other larger and more significant collections of folk music both published and unpublished from this era but
the fiddle maker Hugh Gordon ,known far and wide as the county`s best known fiddle maker, would have been in a unique position
to meet fiddle players and be aware of the tunes they enjoyed playing,due to the many visitors he would have had for both
repairs and new fiddles.