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GEORDIE AFFLECK. AKA - "Geordie Afflick." AKA and see "Eammon Coyne's Reel," "Mint in the Corn (The)." Scottish, Reel. E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Geordie Affleck" is a later name for the tune originally composed in the key of E Flat by fiddler-composer William Marshall (1748-1833), and published on a single-sheet in Edinburgh by John Hamilton, paired with Marshall's "Marchioness of Cornwallis' Strathspey (The)." It was included in the c. 1805 second collection of fiddler-composer Johnny Pringle as "Miss Maxwell Gordon's Reel." Marshall was employed by the Gordon's as Steward and Factor, and composed numerous tunes for various members of the family, but it is not known if "Miss Maxwell Gordon" was his title for the tune or not. There is no composer attribution in Pringle's collection.

The reel is known among older fiddlers in County Donegal, Ireland, as "Mint in the Corn (The)" played variously in the key of D Major (Francie Dearg & Mickey ban O Beirn) or A Major (John Doherty & Danny O'Donnell). It is also called "Eamonn Coyne's Reel" after the Irish fiddler from Liverpool.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRE II), 1976; No. 191 (appears as untitled reel). Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 276. William Morrison (Collection of Highland music, consisting of strathspeys, reels, marches, waltzes & slow airs), c. 1813; p. 34.

Recorded sources: Olympic 6151, Angus Cameron - "Scottish Traditional Fiddle Music" (1978).




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