Bells of St. Louis (1) (The)

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BELLS OF ST. LOUIS [1], THE (Cloig St. Louis). AKA - "Belles of St. Louis." AKA and see "Hawk Hornpipe (The)." Irish; Reel. D Major (Alewine): G Major (Breathnach): F Major (McNulty). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Some slight similarities to version #1. Breathnach (1985) states the tune was 'probably an American composition', but he is in error for "Bells of St. Louis" is a setting of Scotsman John Lowe's composition "Archie Menzies", while the second strain is cognate with the first strain of James Hill's hornpipe "Hawk (The)" (Hill was from Gateshead, England, near Newcastle).

Sources for notated versions: fiddler Mick Woods (Ireland) [Breathnach]; probably the Boys of the Lough, "with a nod to De Dannan" [Alewine].

Printed sources: Alewine (The Maid That Cut Off the Chicken's Lips), 1987; p. 9. Breathnach (CRE III), 1985; No. 128, p. 61. McNulty (Dance Music of Ireland), 1965; p. 5.

Recorded sources: Inchecronin Records, Mick Woods - "A Tribute to John McKenna." Green Linnet SIF 1130, De Dannan - "Song for Ireland." De Danann - "Mist Covered Mountain."




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