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X:1 T:Colonel Hopkins M:4/4 L:1/8 R:Reel S:O'Neill - Music of Ireland (1903), No. 1260 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G ge|dBGB d2 ef|g2 af gfed|bgaf gfed|1 BedB A2:|2 egfa g2|| GA|B2 dB A2 BA|GABG AGFD|B2 dB A2 BA|GABG A2 ge| dBGB d2 ef|g2 af gfed|bgaf gfed|egfa g2||

COLONEL HOPKINS (An Ardtaoiseac Opcins). Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (O'Neill/Krassen): AA'B (O'Neill/1850). In a 1906 letter to Alfred Percival Graves in 1906 (printed in "A Few Gossipy Notes" in the Journal of the Irish Folk Song Society, London, O'Neill wrote that he obtained the tune from listening to a pianist play it while attending a Chicago theater.

As Fr. John Quinn explains, the reel (with parts reversed) erroneously received the title "Oliver's Own" in some internet sources after it's printing as an untitled tune Breathnach & Small's Ceol Rince na hEireann vol. 5 (1999, No. 168), where it was attributed to accordion player Charlie Mulvihill. The source for the Mulvihill attribution was a tape recording supplied to Breathnach for An Cnuasacht Iomlán den Cheol Damhsa (1977) by Oliver O'Higgins from Cloone, County Leitrim.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 107. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1260, p. 237.

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