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HOLMES' HORNPIPE. AKA and see "Occidental Hornpipe," "Pirate's Hornpipe." American, Hornpipe. E Flat major (Cole, Ryan): G Major (Miller). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. There was a black-face minstrel named Edwin Holmes who was a popular tenor for about six years, commencing in 1862, says Edward Le Roy Rice (Monarchs of Minstrelsy, New York, 1911). He was with Duprez and Green's and Later Duprez and Benedict's Minstrels, and died in Boston, Mass., July 11, 1879. However, his connection with this tune, if any, is unknown, save the tenuous one of the Boston connection with many of the tunes contained in Ryan's Mammoth Collection.
Ryan also printed a nearly identical version, transposed to the key of 'G', in his Mammoth Collection (1883) under the title "Occidental Hornpipe," and it was included just a few years later in Laybourn's Köhler’s Violin Repository Book 3 (Edinburgh, 1885) as "Pirate's Hornpipe."
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 114. Miller (Fiddler's Throne), 2004; No. 290, p. 173. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 152.
See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index