Champion Hornpipe (1) (The)
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CHAMPION HORNPIPE . American, Hornpipe. USA; Nebraska, Missouri. B Flat Major ('A' part) & F Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Perhaps the earliest recording is from 1905 by violinist Charles D'Almaine, born in 1871 in England, who died in 1943. D'Almaine immigrated to the United States in 1888 and by 1890 had established himself as "instructor on violin" in Evanston, Illinois; by 1910 he had removed to Yonkers, and in 1920 was a chiropractor in New York City (Paul Gifford). William Bradbury Ryan (1883) credited his source for the tune as "J. Hand", one of two musicians, John and Jimmy Hand, about whom little is known. They were perhaps brothers or father-and-son, and may have been band-leaders or stage performers in the area around Boston, Mass.
Sources for notated versions: Bob Walters (Burt County, Nebraska) [Christeson]; J. Hand [Cole].
Printed sources: R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, vol. 2), 1984; p. 23. Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 94. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 128.
Recorded sources: Caney Mountain Records CLP 228, Lonnie Robertson - "Fiddle Favorites," c. 1971-72. Edison Gold Moulded Record 9797, Charles D'Almaine - "Hornpipe Medley" (1904. Consists of "Jimmy Linn's", "Locker's", "The Acrobat", "The Champion", "The Autograph"). Green Linnet SIF1035, Brian Conway & Tony De Marco - "The Apple in Winter" (1981. Learned from a 78 RPM recording of Irish-American fiddler Lad O'Beirne and Louis Quinn, who perhaps picked the tune up from Cole's 1000).