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IRISH HORNPIPE [1]. American(?), Hornpipe. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Despite the title, the tune does not sound characteristically Irish to my ears, but rather more like the standard 19th century British or American stage hornpipes typical in the Elias Howe publications. It may have been assigned an Irish provenance due to its printing in Patrick O'Flannagan's Hibernia Collection (1860), another of Boston publisher Howe's volumes. Cape Breton fiddler Angus Chisholm recorded the hornpipe in the mid-20th century, pairing it with two of Dan R. MacDonald's compositions, "Miss Marguerite MacNeill" and "Miss Joan MacDonald]]."

"Irish Hornpipe" is on Missouri fiddler Charlie Walden's list of '100 essential Missouri fiddle tunes'. There are similarities in the first strain with the Irish reel "Hand Me Down the Tackle," but perhaps not enough to establish a cognate relationship.

A genericly titled "Irish Hornpipe" was recorded by Joseph Samuels for Edison Records (50900 {78 RPM}) in 1920 (appears as one of tunes of "Miss Johnson's Party Melody").


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Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 103. O'Flannagan (The Hibernia Collection), 1860; p. 11. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 139.






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