Billy O'Neil's Hornpipe

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X:1 T:Billy O'Neil's Hornpipe M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Hornpipe or Reel B:Coes Album of Jigs and Reels, something new, for professional and amateur violinists, B:leaders of orchestras, quadrille bands, and clog, reel and jig dancers; consisting of a B:Grand Collection of entirely New and Original Clog-Hornpipes, Reels, jigs, B:Scotch Reels, Irish Reels and Jigs, Waltzes, Walk-Arounds, etc. (1876, p. 21) N:Coes performed with the San Francisco Minstrels in California from 1852 to 1859. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Bb F/E/|D/F/B/d/ f/d'/c'/b/|a/c'/b/g/ f/d/B/f/|e/c/G/e/ d/B/F/d/|c/B/A/G/ F/G/F/E/| D/F/B/d/ f/d'/c'/b/|a/c'/b/g/ f/d/B/f/|e/c/G/e/ d/B/F/d/|1c/B/A/c/ Bz:|2 c/B/A/c/ B {g}(3f/e/f/|| |:g/b/a/g/ f/d/B/d/|e/g/f/e/ d/c/B/a/|b/a/g/b/ a/g/f/a/|g/f/=e/g/ f(3f/g/a/| b/f/d/b/ a/f/c/a/|g/e/c/g/ f/d/B/f/|e/c/G/e/ d/B/F/d/|c/B/A/c/ Bz:|



BILLY O'NEIL'S HORNPIPE. American, Hornpipe (2/4 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB. Billy O'Neil, renowned Irish jig dancer and comedian, was born in Troy, N. Y., in 1834, and died in Melbourne, Australia, Aug. 5th, 1868, buried in the same grave with another champion jig dancer, Tommy Peel, who died in the same place nearly a year later.

Billy O’Neil was one of the greatest favorites at this house [Ed. i.e. Fellow’s Opera House, New York]; gifted with a fund of humor, had he taken care of himself he could have astonished many or our self-styled Irish comedians. He was capable of excelling in the highest flights of comic, serio-comic and pathetic delineations[1].

Writer Mark Twain also admired the "masterly gravity" of the Irish caricatures Billy O'Neil performed in farcical afterpieces.


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Printed sources : - George H. Coes (Coes Album of Jigs and Reels, something new, for professional and amateur violinists, leaders of orchestras, quadrille bands, and clog, reel and jig dancers; consisting of a Grand Collection of entirely New and Original Clog-Hornpipes, Reels, jigs, Scotch Reels, Irish Reels and Jigs, Waltzes, Walk-Arounds, etc.), 1876; p. 21.






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  1. Thomas Allston Brown, A History of the New York Stage vol. 1, 1903, p. 471.