Leslie's Hornpipe

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LESLIE'S HORNPIPE. AKA and see "Astley's Ride." English, Irish; Hornpipe (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The "Leslie's" title is a miss-hearing of the original title ("Astley's Ride") named for Phillip Astley, an equestrian and showman, father of the modern circus. The melody is often the middle tune played (preceded by "Haste to the Wedding (1)" and followed by "German Beau (The)") for the Irish set dance The Three Tunes, a 'traditional' dance that dates from the ceili dance revival of the 1930's. Dance instructions for the set are printed by Keegan (2002). Gerry O'Connor calls 'The Three Tunes' a local (south Ulster) dance medley played today in single reel time (2/4). "Leslie's Hornpipe" is contained in the music manuscript collection of curate and fiddler Rev. Luke Donnellan (1878-1952), Oriel region, south Ulster.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Rev. Luke Donnellan music manuscript collection[1] (c. 1909) [O'Connor].

Printed sources : - Keegan (The Keegan Tunes), 2002; p. 111. Laufman (Okay, Let's Try a Contra, Men on the Right, Ladies on the Left, Up and Down the Hall), 1973; p. 9. Miller (Fiddler's Throne), 2004; No. 294, p. 175. Gerry O'Connor (The Rose in the Gap), 2018; No. 3, p. 120.






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  1. Donnellan researcher Gerry O'Connor came to believe the ms. is not the work of the curate but rather was originally compiled by an unknown but able fiddler over the course of a playing lifetime, probably in the late 19th century. The ms. later came into the possession of Donnellan, who was also a fiddler.
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