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FIDDLE HEAD REEL. New England, Reel. USA. D Major (Brody): G Major (Sweet). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by Canadian fiddler Jim Magill (1905–1954), who was born either in Northern Ireland (in 1902) or Montreal (1905). He was a contemporary of fiddler Don Messer and was centered in Toronto, where he often played on radio with his group The Northern Ramblers.

Source for notated version: Fennigs All Stars (N.Y.) [Brody].

Printed sources: Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 104. Jarman (Jim Magill's Square Dance Tunes), 1952; p. 4 (as "Fiddle Heads"). Sweet (Fifer's Delight), 1964/1981; p. 66.

Recorded sources: Front Hall 01, Fennigs All Stars – "The Hammered Dulcimer." Mariposa Records S 29397, Rudy Meeks – "Heritage Fiddle" (1976). Kicking Mule 209, Bob Carlin – "Melodic Clawhammer Banjo."




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