Annotation:Bashful Bachelor (2) (The)

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X:1 T:The Bashful Batchelor [2] M:4/4 L:1/8 K:G D>C|B,>DG>A B>GD>B,|C>EA>B c>AF>D|B,>DG>A B>Gc>B|(3ABA (3GFE (3DED (3CB,A,| G,>B,D>G B>GD>B,|C>EA>B c>AF>D|B,>DG>B A>DE>F|G2B2G2:| |:g>a|b>ge>g d>gB>g|d>gB>g d>gB>g|b>g(3efg d>gB>g|e>a{b}a>g a2 g>a| b>ge>g d>gB>d|c>BA>B c>de>g|g>dB>G E>cA>F|G2B2G2:||

BASHFUL BACHELOR [2], THE (An Baitsiléir Cúthail). AKA and see "Obelisk Hornpipe," "Shaw's Reel," "Walk Your Chalk," "Where Did You Find Her? (2)" "Wily Old Bachelor (The)." American, Irish, Canadian; Hornpipe. Canada, Prince Edward Island. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Bashful Bachelor [2]" is a different tune than O'Neill's "Bashful Bachelor (1) (The)." "Where did You Find Her? (1)" is similar to "Bashful Bachelor (2) (The)" only in the second strain, although "Where Did You Find Her? (2)" matches "Bashful Bachelor (2)" in both parts. O'Neill's "Bashful Bachelor (3)" also shares a similar second strain. The earliest printing of the tune in both strains is in American blackface minstrel George H. Coes' Coes Album of Jigs and Reels (1876) under the title "Walk Your Chalk", and although there are no earlier appearances of the tune it has long had a home in Irish repertory and Irish antecedents may yet come to light.

The first strain of "Bashful Bachelor [2]" is also a 'detached' or 'floating' strain, and appears in the "Norfolk Hornpipe (1)," "Men from Ulster (The)," "Walk Your Chalk," Co. Leitrim musician Stephen Grier's "Hornpipe (52)" and, in somewhat less similar way, in "Whiddon's Hornpipe." "Doucette's Reel", from Prince Edward Island, also seems related.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Breathnach (CRÉ III), 1985; No. 214, p. 98. McDermott (Allan's Irish Fiddler), c. 1920's; No. 83, p. 21. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 60.

Recorded sources : - Outlet Records OAS 3002, Paddy Cronin - "Kerry's Own Paddy Cronin" (1977).

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