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BELLES OF LEWISTON. AKA and see "Blue Eyed Lassie (1)," "Early Rising," "Lewis’s Reel." American, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune appeared in Providence, Rhode Island, violinist and dance fiddler George Saunders 1847 violin tutor as "Lewis’s Reel", in which Saunders claimed composer credit for the tune. The title "Belles of Lewiston" (probably meant to be a reference to Lewiston, Maine) appears in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883) some 36 years later. It was either a distortion or miss-hearing of Saunders' title, or a deliberate obscuring of it. "Belles of Lewiston" was on of the relatively few tune dropped when Ryan's Mammoth metamorphosed into Cole's 1000 Fiddle Tunes (1940). Francis O'Neill published it as "Early Rising" in Music of Ireland (1903).

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Printed sources: Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 49.

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