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. 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. 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 CRÉ II (No. 240) in the key of D Minor, and as "Malloy's Favorite" in CRÉ 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."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - fiddler John Doherty (1895-1980, County Donegal) [Feldman & O'Doherty].

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.

Recorded sources: -

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