Fred Wilson's Clog Dance (2)

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X:1 T:Fred Wilson's Clog Dance [2] M:C L:1/8 B:Elias Howe - Musician's Omnibus No. 1 (1863, p. 49) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D (3ABc|d>cd>A F>DF>A|B>GB>d c>AB>c|d>cd>e f>cd>B|A>Bc>d e>gf>e| d>cd>A F>DF>A|B>GB>d c>AB>c|d>ef>d A>ce>c|d2[d2f2]d2:| |:d>c|B>AB>c d>cd>B|A2 ^G>A B>cd>e|(f<e)(e<d) (d<c)(c<B)|A<e e>e e2 d>c| B>AB>c d>cd>B|A>FD>F A2 (3ABc|dz gz A>ce>c|d2[d2f2]d2:|]

FRED WILSON'S CLOG DANCE [2]. AKA and see "Lord Wilson's Hornpipe." Irish, American; Hornpipe or Clog (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Fred Wilson's Clog Dance [2]" was published in the mid-19th century by Boston music publisher Elias Howe (see "Fred Wilson's Clog (1)" for more on the famous blackface minstrel performer). An almost identical setting of the clog was published late in the 20th century by Irish collector Brendan Breathnach as "Lord Wilson's" in his Ceol Rince na hEirreann vol. 5 (No. 213), sourced to early 20th century music manuscripts in the possession of the Pigott family of County Kerry. Fr. John Quinn is of the opinion that Co. Kerry musicians learned the tune from a Howe publication (or the identical setting in Fischer's Violin Player's Pastime) "and that the word “Fred” got changed to “Lord”, by misreading or by some other error. It is to be noticed that the unusual step down feature in the third bar of the second part is exactly as it is in Howe and Fischer – and for that matter in Dunham – which suggest to me that Howe or Fischer is the source used by the Pigotts – and Dunham. Dunham copies the pizzicato in the penultimate bar though, where the Pigotts do not."

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Printed sources : - Mellie Dunham (Mellie Dunham's Fiddlin' Dance Tunes), New York, Carl Fischer, 1926. Carl Fischer (Violin Player's Pastime), New York, n.d.; p. 34. Elias Howe (Musician's Omnibus No. 1), 1863; p. 49.

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