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NELLIE ON THE SHORE. AKA and see "Gilderoy (2)," "Black Rock (2)," "Injun Et a Woodchuck (2)." American, Reel. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune is well-known as "Gilderoy (2)", "Old Soldier with the Wooden Leg," or "Red Haired Boy," however, there are numerous titles for this tune, wide-spread throughout Britain, Ireland, and North America. Bayard (1981) identifies this as a "floating" title for the tune, one perhaps borrowed from tune-names in Irish repertory ("Sailor on the Shore," "Navvy on the Shore," "Maid on the Shore," etc.). Bayard's source, Wilbur Neal, claimed he was a descendent of ancestors from County Cork, so there may have been a connection. Other southwestern Pennsylvania titles collected by Bayard were "Black Rock," "Injun Et a Woodchuck," and "Gilderoy" itself.

Source for notated version: Wilbur Neal (elderly fiddler from Jefferson County, Pa., 1948) [Bayard].

Printed sources: Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle, March to the Fife), 1981; No. 169D, p. 120.

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