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X:1 T:Hobb's Favorite M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Reel S:Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D (3A/B/c/|.d(c/A/) .B(A/F/)|(D/C/).D/.F/ (E/B,/).B,/.E/|D/F/A/F/ D/F/A/d/|c/A/B/c/ d/A/B/c/| .d(c/A/) .B(A/F/)|(D/C/).D/.F/ (E/B,/).B,/.E/|D/F/A/F/ D/F/A/d/|1 c/A/B/c/ d:|2 c/A/B/c/ d(B/c/)|| |:(d/f/).B/.c/ d/B/f/d/|(c/A/).A/.B/ c/A/e/c/|(d/f/).B/.c/ d/B/f/d/|(c/e/).A/.c/ (3B/B/B/.B/.c/| (d/f/).B/.c/ d/B/f/d/|(c/e/).A/.B/ c/A/e/g/|(3f/g/f/.e/.c/ (3d/e/d/.c/A/|1 B/A/B/c/ dB/c/:|2 B/A/B/c/ d||



HOBB'S FAVORITE. AKA and see "Boston Rattlers'," "Colonel McBain's," "Connemara Stockings," "Winter Apples (1)." American, Scottish (originally) Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. An American variant of an older British/Irish import, of which both Scottish and Irish versions are common. "Colonel McBain's" first strain is employed as the second strain of "Hobb's Favorite." Presumably 'Hobb's' was a regional New England musician, and William Bradbury Ryan's (or publisher Elias Howe's) source. Musicologist Paul Wells suggest he reel may be associated with Micheal Hobbs, "a musician whose business addresses usually were the same as Howe's and who was a violinist, cornet player, and dance prompter" [1]. The "Boston Rattlers'" alternate title would seem to support its currency among 19th century New England musicians.


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Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 14. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 26.






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  1. Paul Wells, "Elias Howe, William Bradbury Ryan, and Irish Music in Nineteenth Century Boston," Journal of the Society for American Music, vol. 4, No. 4, November 2010, p. 415.