Cameronian Reel (3) (The)

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X:1 T:Cammaronian [sic] Reel [3] M:C L:1/8 R:Reel B:Alexander – “Alexander’s Fifty New Scotch & Irish Reels & Hornpipes” (c. 1826, No. 25, p. 12) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G dc|:!segno!BG G/G/G BGdG|BG G/G/G BdcB|cA A/A/A cAeA|cA A/A/A cedc:|| (Gg).g.a gedB|(Gg).g.a gedB|(Aa).a.b agfg|(Aa).a.b agfg| Ggga gedB|Ggga gfef|(ga)ef (ga)ef|gaba gedc!segno!!D.C.!||

CAMERONIAN REEL [3], THE. AKA and see "Mother's Delight," "Old Cameronian (The)." Irish, Reel. G Major (Alexander): F Major (O'Connor). Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB. An early printing of the tune is in London publisher James Alexander's Alexander's 50 New Scotch & Irish Reels & Hornpipes (c. 1826), but whether it is one of the 'Scotch' or 'Irish' pieces in the collection is not specified. "Cameronian Reel (3)" is a popular reel in County Donegal, unrelated to "Cameronian Reel (2) (The)." "Cameronian Reel [3]" was entered under that title by County Leitrim piper and fiddler Stephen Grier in vol. 2 of his large c. 1883 music manuscript collection, as it was in the turn of the 20th century music manuscript in the possession of fiddler and curate Rev. Luke Donnellan (1878-1952), south Ulster. The title "Cameronian Reel" also is included in the tune list of piper Philip Goodman (c. 1831-1908), Carrickmacross, Ireland, who is variously described as "the last professional and traditional piper in Farney, Louth" (Goodman was also recorded as having been from Donaghmoyne, County Monaghan; all of which are places from the same area, and contiguous to the Donnellan's Oriel region, and only 60 miles from Grier's County Longford birthplace). Donegal fiddler John Doherty knew the reel as "Bundle and Go (5)," and his version shifts tonality between major, mixolydian and dorian modes. Paul de Grae finds that the tune appears as "Mother's Delight" in Breathnach's Ceol Rince na hÉireann vol. II (No. 240) in the key of D Minor, and as "Malloy's Favorite" in Ceol Rince na hÉireann vol. III (148) in G, from the playing of famed County Sligo/New York 78 RPM recording artist Michael Coleman (Irish fiddler) (1891-1945). Caoimhin Mac Aoidh agrees, saying the tune transcribed from Doherty in The Northern Fiddler is not his "Cameronian Reel" (which can be found on Doherty's CD entitled "The Floating Crowbar") but is "The Mother's Delight" (the name of a County Clare version of the reel).

"Colonel McBain's", especially Scottish versions, employs similar melodic material.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - fiddler John Doherty (1895-1980, County Donegal) [Feldman & O'Doherty]; Rev. Luke Donnellan music manuscript collection (Oriel region, south Ulster) [O'Connor].

Printed sources : - Alexander (Alexander’s Fifty New Scotch & Irish Reels & Hornpipes), c. 1826; No. 25, p. 12. Feldman & O'Doherty (The Northern Fiddler), 1979; p. 67. O'Connor (The Rose in the Gap), 2018; No. 77, p. 56.

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