O'Neill - Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 75

O'Neill - Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 75
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O'Neill, Capt. Francis
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O'Neill - Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody
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REELSMammas Pet224REELSThe Four-Hand F ee1121Capt. F. ONeilla3_ J . I IThe Four Hand Reel as far as the writer is aware was first brought to Chicago in 1886 by B ar-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 th e Eastern States,for we find the tune in a Boston publication no less than four times, and named respectively; CorporalCaseys Favorite Lady Gardners Reel Parnells Reel andYeIIowhaired 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 do justice to his inimitable execution.Since the foregoing was written I find that The Five-Mile Chase in R.M.Leveys Second Collection of tkel)anceMusic of Ireknd, London,1873; consisting of but two parts, is also a variant of The Four.Hand Reel?120222Capt. F. ONeill.# tL- _*aa 11- aIn 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. Tiiirty -five years later the second part wassupplied by A.S.Beamjsh another West Cork musician. Being without aflame the tunewas called TimothyDowning; or Downings Reel; in the ONeill Collections. With a third part obtained from the famousfjddlerJohnMcFadden of Mayo, this tripartite reel is presented under its presumably true name.TheaaGi enmore Hunt0 F rrell 8 Pocket 1804 -10.a a aa.aI I I
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