Music in the Glen
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MUSIC IN THE GLEN (Ceol Annsa Gleanna). AKA and see "Swamp Angel Hornpipe." Irish, Reel. A Major (O'Neill/1850): G Major (Flaherty, Harker/Rafferty, Mulvihill, O'Neill/Krassen, Tubridy): A Major (O'Neill/1001, Songer). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Mulvihill, O'Neill/1850): AA'B (Flaherty): AABB (Miller, Songer, Tubridy): AA'BB (Harker/Rafferty): AA'BB' (O'Neill/Krassen). A popular and often recorded session reel. Irish versions are predated by a rather oddly-named tune of unknown provenance called "Swamp Angel Hornpipe" in Köhler's Violin Repoistory, vol. 2 (Edinburgh, 1883). The title sounds like an American one (and which may or may not have connections with a Civil War cannon), but the melody (and title) could have originated anywhere. The reel has currency among Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, fiddlers, sometimes set in G Major (as in O'Neill's) and at other time in A Major (Scottish sources). County Donegal fiddlers tend to play the tune in A Major, as would be in Scotland. One of the first sound recordings of the tune was made just after World War II by Irish piper Leo Rowsome.