O'Neill - Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 74

O'Neill - Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 74
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O'Neill, Capt. Francis
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O'Neill - Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody
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120trAREELS121The Four-Hand I ee1Capt. F. ONeill-- I - - I -The Four Hand Reel as far as the writer is aware was first brought to Chicago in 1886 by Bar-ney Delaney, an excellent Irish piper. So versatile was he, like most great Irish musicians, in the ma-nipulation of his instrument, that he varied his tunes according to fancy without detriment to tone orrhythm, but rather to the advantage of the general effect. Although not included in any collection ofIrish music published beyond the Atlantic, the strain must have been quite popular in tli e Eastern States,for we find the tune in a Boston publication no less than four times, and named respectively; CorporalCaseys Favori.te Lady Gardners Reel Parnells Reel andYellowhaired Laddie; All consist-ing of but two parts each.The setting here presented was memorized from Delaneys playing, but no bare scoring of meas-ured bars could dojustice to his inimitable execution.Since the foregoing was written I find that The Five-Mile Chase in R.M. Leveps Second Collection of the DanceMusic of Ireland,London,1878; consisting of but two parts, is also a variant of The Four Hand Reel REELSMammas PetCapt. F. ONeill224A- aIa .. a.In bOyhood days I memorized the first part of this reel from the fiddle Playing of Mr. Downing a gentleman farmer who taught me the rudiments of music on the flute. fiiirty-fjve years later the Second part wassupplied by A.S.Beamish another West Cork musician. Being thout a name the tune was called TimothyDowning; or Downing Reel; in the 0N jli Collections With a third pari obtained from the famousfidd rJohnMcFadden of Mayo, this tripartite reel is presented under its Presumably true name.,JIThea0-i enn oretrA_AI Sa .ASIA - AAtrIIaS
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