Bridge of Athlone (2) (The)
BRIDGE OF ATHLONE , THE. Irish, Hornpipe. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Settings also in G major. The hornpipe was famously recorded on 78 RPM by Sligo fiddle great Michael Coleman in New York. Coleman's setting shifts to F major in the second part, though the notation in O'Neill's book retained two flats throughout.
Peter Kennedy incorporated the tune into a quadrille piece called "Princess Margaret's Fancy." The hornpipe appears in the c. 1837 music manuscript collection of Shropshire musician John Moore, who called the tune "Ironbridge Hornpipe (The)."
Printed sources: O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 202. Connolly & Martin (Forget Me Not), 2002; pp. 16-17. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1721, p. 320.
Recorded source: Decca 12056A 78 rpm disc, Michael Coleman with pianist Eileen O'Shea (1935); Green Linnet GLCD 1163, Joe Derrane - "Return to Inis Mor" (1996).
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