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CHICAGO REEL, THE (Cor Catair Sicaigo). Irish, American; Reel. C Major/A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Neill/1001): AABB (Alewine, Mallinson, O'Neill/Krassen, Vallely). The American name Chicago takes its name from the Native American word chicagou, or the onion place, a hollow where wild garlic grew at the southern tip of Lake Michigan. Since the tune first appears in O'Neill's 1907 Dance Music of Ireland (it did not appear in his 1903 Music of Ireland) one can surmise the tune was a product of some member of the Irish Music Club in Chicago of that time, O'Neill's primary sources for tunes. An early sound recording of the tune was made by Chicago fiddler Patrick Stack and uilleann piper Edward Mullaney, both sources of O'Neill's and one-time members of the Irish Music Club.

Source for notated version: set dance music recorded at Na Píobairí Uilleann, in the 1980's [Taylor].

Printed sources: Alewine (Maid that Cut Off the Chicken's Lips), 1987; p. 12. Mallinson (100 Essential), 1995; No. 68, p. 29. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 90. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 797, p. 138. Prior (Fionn Seisiún Book 2). Taylor (Music for the Sets: Yellow Book), 1995; p. 14. Treoir, vol. 37, No. 3, 2005; p. 20. Vallely (Armagh Pipers Club Play 50 Reels), 1982; No. 28, p. 15.

Recorded sources: Chieftains - "Chieftains 9" (Appears as part of "Boil the Breakfast Early" set). Green Linnet GLCD 1027, Mick Moloney - "Strings Attached." Green Linnet GLCD 1058, Matt Molloy & Sean Keane - "Contentment is Wealth" (1985). Paddy Glackin - "In Full Spate" (1991). Séamus Egan - "In Your Ear."

See also listing at Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1].


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