Fiddler's Contest (The)
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FIDDLER'S CONTEST, THE ("Comortus na fidileiride" or "Coim-seasam na beidleadoir"). AKA and see "Crooked Leg Reel." Irish, American; Hornpipe. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Frank Claudy remarks the tune was a favorite of influential Bronx accordion player Sean McGlynn. Galway-born Bronx resident and fluter Jack Coen recorded it with his brother, cleric Charlie Coen on their 1977 album.
Despite the tune's circulation among Irish and Irish-American musicians, the provenance is American. Researcher Fr. John Quinn finds "The Fiddler's Contest" to be the first and third strains of American minstrel and variety performer George H. Coes' (1828-1897) composition "Crooked Leg Reel," printed in his Coes Album of Jigs and Reels (New York, 1876, p. 38).