Miss Hamilton's Reel

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MISS HAMILTON'S REEL. AKA and see "Virginia Hornpipe (1)," "Sterling Tom." Irish, Reel. F Major/D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody was printed as "Virginia Hornpipe (1)" in James S. Kerr's Merry Melodies vol. 3 (c. 1880's). "Miss Hamilton's Reel" was also entered into the mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork Anglican cleric and uilleann piper James Goodman [1] (p. 136).

Later in the 19th century a very similar melody, "Fancy Clog Hornpipe," was printed by blackface minstrel performer and composer George H. Coes in his Coes Album of Jigs and Reels (1876). Coes' tune has a number of concordances, but also some differences in melody and harmonic underpinning, particularly with the tonality of the first strain and some of the cadences. It may or may not be cognate, and it's possible Coes' tune is derivative.

See also note for "Set américain 2ième partie (Duguay)" for further information about variants.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - P.M. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs vol. 2), New York, 1858; No. 133, p. 61. Robbins Music Corp. (The Robbins collection of 200 jigs, reels and country dances), New York, 1933; No. 166, p. 53.

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