Blue Garters (The)

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X:1 T:Blue Garters, The M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:O'Neill - Music of Ireland (1903), No. 1514 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:F e | f>c (3ccc a2 gf | (3gab ag fdde |1 f>c (3ccc a2 gf | (3gab ag f2 fg :|2 fgag fdcA|BGcA F2 F || c | AFcF AFcF | BGdG BGdG | AFcF AFcF | BGcA F2 Fc | AFcF AFcF | BGdG BGdG | FA (3cde fdcA | BGcA F2F ||



BLUE GARTERS, THE. Irish, Reel. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B (O'Neill {1850}): AA'BB' (O'Neill {Krassen}). Paul de Grae remarks that the reel is not to be found in older collections, and suggests it may be a composition of O'Neill's source John McFadden[1]. He points out that the second strain is to be found in several tunes in different keys. A version of melody was recorded by Québec fiddler Joseph Allard in 1930 under the title Reel de la tuque bleue<div class="mw-ext-score" data-midi="/w/images/lilypond/m/b/mbtcfb9d7ihg5xg0s84xpo0rsfabxxo/mbtcfb9d.midi"><img src="/w/images/lilypond/m/b/mbtcfb9d7ihg5xg0s84xpo0rsfabxxo/mbtcfb9d.png" width="654" height="53" alt=" X:1 M:C| L:1/8 K:F f2cf a2gf|eceg bg/g/g-e|f2cf fagf|edcB A<F-F2e-| "/></div> while Canadian 'down-east' style fiddler Don Messer later produced a similar variant called Snowshoer's Reel (1)<div class="mw-ext-score" data-midi="/w/images/lilypond/6/0/60exl75zro0eb4vbkkg9urvxo0rv6xx/60exl75z.midi"><img src="/w/images/lilypond/6/0/60exl75zro0eb4vbkkg9urvxo0rv6xx/60exl75z.png" width="697" height="53" alt=" X:1 L:1/8 K:F f2cf a2gf|eceg bgeg|f2cf a2gf|edcB AFF2|f2cf a2gf| "/></div>

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Chicago fiddler John McFadden, originally from County Mayo [O'Neill].

John McFadden



Printed sources : - O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 154. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1514, p. 280.

Recorded sources: -



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  1. Paul de Grae, "Notes to Sources of Tunes in the O'Neill Collections", 2017.