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DOCTOR GILBERT (An Dochtúir Gilibeart). AKA - "Dr. Gilbert's Fancy Concert Reel." AKA and see "Dispute at the Crossroads (The)," "Loughros Point Reel." Irish, Reel. E Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Famously recorded by Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman (1891-1945) in New York in 1929, and since associated with his name. John Maguire, producer of the LP compilation The Heyday of Michael Coleman, wrote in the sleeve notes that Coleman acquired the tune from a Canadian source (perhaps the eponymous "Dr. Gilbert"?), and that the original name was "The Bucking Bronco." The tune was not recorded or published before Coleman's 78 rpm disc appeared, however, and Jim Coleman (Michael's older brother) has been said to have maintained that it was known in Sligo in the early 20th century.
Seán Keane identifies it a "good reel from the north Midlands and Sligo areas," and something of a fiddle test-piece. Donegal fiddler John Doherty gave it to Breandán Breathnach as "Dispute at the Crossroads (The)." Caoimhin Mac Aoidh, an expert on Donegal fiddle music, thinks it most likely that the Dr. Gilbert referred to in the title was a scholar who in 1717 became Vice-Provost and Professor of Divinity at Trinity College, Dublin. His bust is still displayed in the Long room of the Library of the college that houses the Book of Kells.