Fancy Clog Hornpipe

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X:1 T:Fancy Clog Hornpipe C:George H. Coes M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Hornpipe B:Coes Album of Jigs and Reels, something new, for professional and amateur violinists, B:leaders of orchestras, quadrille bands, and clog, reel and jig dancers; consisting of a B:Grand Collection of entirely New and Original Clog-Hornpipes, Reels, jigs, B:Scotch Reels, Irish Reels and Jigs, Waltzes, Walk-Arounds, etc. (1876, p. 53) N:Coes performed with the San Francisco Minstrels in California from 1852 to 1859. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F (3c/d/e/|Sf/c/A/c/ F/c/A/c/|G/c/A/c/ F/c/A/c/|f/c/A/c/ F/c/A/c/|G/g/g/f/ g/b/a/g/| f/c/A/c/ F/c/A/c/|G/c/A/c/ F/c/A/c/|{g}f/e/f/a/ g/f/e/g/|1 f/c/a/g/ fz:|2 f/c/a/g/ fA|| |:d/c/d/e/ {g}f/e/f/g/|a/g/a/b/ a/g/f/e/|d/c/d/e/ f/e/f/g/|g/A/{c}B/A/ B/A/{c]B/A/| d/c/d/e/ f/e/f/g/|a/g/a/b/ a/g/f/e/|f/a/g/f/ e/g/f/e/|d/A/f/e/ d:| |:(3c/d/e/|(3f/c/c/ (3A/c/c/ (3F/c/c/ (3A/c/c/|(3G/c/c/ (3A/c/c/ (3F/c/c/ (3A/c/c/|(3f/c/c/ (3A/c/c/ (3F/c/c/ (3A/c/c/|G/g/{a}g/f/ g/b/a/g/| (3f/c/c/ (3A/c/c/ (3F/c/c/ (3A/c/c/|(3G/c/c/ (3A/c/c/ (3F/c/c/ (3A/c/c/|f/e/f/a/ g/f/e/g/|f/c/a/g/ (3f/e/e/ (3e/f/g/!D.C.!:|]



FANCY CLOG HORNPIPE. American, Hornpipe (2/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BBCC. "Fancy Clog Hornpipe" was composed by blackface minstrel George H. Coes. Coes' "Fancy Clog Hornpipe", a composition he took credit for in his Coes Album of Jigs and Reels (1876) is very similar to "Miss Hamilton's Reel," printed in P.M. Haverty's One Hundred Irish Airs vol. 2 (1858). While there are a number of concordances in the melody, there are also some important melodic and harmonic differences, particularly around the cadences and the tonality. Whether the tunes are cognate is an open question. It may be that Coes adapted his "Fancy Clog Hornpipe" from the earlier tune, or perhaps misremembered hearing it played before.

See also the similar Irish hornpipe/reel "Sterling Tom", collected by Rev. Luke Donellan in the very early 20th century. Together with "Miss Hamilton's Reel", these suggest an Irish provenance for the significant parts of the melody, if in fact Coes adapted or remembered it from Irish sources.


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Printed sources : - George H. Coes (Coes Album of Jigs and Reels, something new, for professional and amateur violinists, leaders of orchestras, quadrille bands, and clog, reel and jig dancers; consisting of a Grand Collection of entirely New and Original Clog-Hornpipes, Reels, jigs, Scotch Reels, Irish Reels and Jigs, Waltzes, Walk-Arounds, etc.), 1876; p. 53. Laybourn (Köhlers' Violin Repository, Book 2), 1881-1885; p. 181.






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