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DIXON'S SLIDE. AKA and see "Boss Clog Hornpipe (The), "O'Neill's Hornpipe." American, Dance Tune. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody was printed by Elias Howe in 1867 as "The Boss Clog Hornpipe" (see Boss Clog Hornpipe (The) for further info.). See also "Dixon's Reel" in the music manuscript collection of Clinton W. Bisbee (West Sumner, Me.) copied from the 1864 manuscript of Frank Richardson of Mt. Vernon, Maine. One wonders if the two tunes were from the repertoire of the same person (Howe is known to have collected from New England fiddlers, including in Maine). The tune found its way into Francis O'Neill's Music of Ireland (1903) as "O'Neill's Hornpipe (2)," despite having no known Irish antecedents.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Ford (Traditional Music in America), 1940; p. 73.