Dan Sullivan's Favorite (1)

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X:1 T:Dan Sullivan’s Favorite [1] M:C L:1/8 R:Reel B:Elias Howe – Musician’s Omnibus No. 7 (Boston, 1883, p. 641) B: http://ks4.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/c/c7/IMSLP601433-PMLP562790-ONeill_Rare_Medium_M40_M8_v6.7_text.pdf Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D d2 (ed) BAFA|ADFD FAAc|d2 ed BAFA|ABdf e2d2:| faag fedf|gbba gfeg|faag fedB|ABdf e2d2| faag fedf|gbba gfeg|afef dedB|ABdf egfe||



DAN SULLIVAN'S FAVORITE [1]. American, Reel (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune, probably Irish in origin, appears in a later publication of Boston music publisher Elias Howe, Musician's Omnibus, No. 7 (1882). Musicologist Paul Wells believes the title is associated with Irish fiddler Dan Sullivan, then resident in Boston [1]. Francis O'Neill called "the most famous professional Irish fiddler in the eastern United States...Everybody in Boston and the adjoining towns, and not a few from other parts of this broad land, knew or heard of 'Dan' Sullivan, the great Irish fiddler who departed this life at the end of June, 1912." [2]. Sulllivan was the father of Dan Sullivan who led Dan Sullivan's Shamrock Band in the 1920's and 1930's and who recorded prolifically.


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Printed sources : - Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus No. 7), Boston, 1882; p. 641.






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  1. PAUL F. WELLS (2010). Elias Howe, William Bradbury Ryan, and Irish Music in Nineteenth-Century Boston. Journal of the Society for American Music, 4, p. 417.
  2. Capt. Francis O’Neill,Irish Minstrels and Musicians, with Numerous Dissertations on RelatedSubjects, 1913, p. 370.