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DOMINION REEL. AKA and see "Old Dominion Reel (1)," "Trip to Nahant (1)." Canadian, American; Reel. USA, New England. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Burchenal): AB (Silberberg): AABB (Cole, Ryan, Songer). Burchenal indicates the tune was used for the dance called "Trip to Nahant," by which title the tune was apparently sometimes known (as is often the case with dances and accompanying tunes). 'Old Dominion' is the nickname for the state of Virginia, although the name 'Dominion' (without the adjective) properly refers to Canada. However, the tune, or rather a strain of the tune, is better known in Canada as "Bean Walker's Mile" which shares the same first strain.

Source for notated version: accordion player Laurie Andres (Seattle) [Silberberg].

Printed sources: Burchenal (American Country Dances, vol. 1), 1918; p. 52 (appears as "Trip to Nahant [1]"). Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 39. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 65. Silberberg (Fiddle Tunes I Learned at the Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 36. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 63. White's Unique Collection, 1896; No. 66, p. 12 (appears as "Old Dominion Reel").

Recorded sources: Fretless 200a, Yankee Ingenuity – "Kitchen Junket" (1977). David Kaynor & Three Good Reasons – "Montague Processional."

See also listing at Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index [1].




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