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 an almost identical and rather oddly-named tune of American provenance called "Swamp Angel Hornpipe" composed by blackface minstrel composer and performer George H. Coes and appearing in his Coes Album of Jigs and Reels (1876). The title sounds like an American one (and may or may not have connections with a Civil War cannon), but the melody could have originated anywhere. Francis O'Neill had the tune from a fellow member of the Chicago Irish Music Club at the turn of the 20th century, fiddler Edward Cronin, who was no stranger to the contents of Coes volume. Cronin passed along a few of the tunes from Coes to O'Neill, perhaps disguising his source.
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.