North End Reel
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NORTH END REEL. AKA and see "Betty Pringle's Pig (1)," "Day We Paid the Rent (The)." American, Reel. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The composition credited to one J. Hand in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883), although the first strain of the tune is reminiscent of "Money Musk/Monymusk." Several tunes are credited to 'J. Hand' in the collection, although almost nothing is known about him, or them; there apparently were brothers (or father & son) by the names of Jimmy/James and Johnny Hand who were musicians in the Boston area in the mid-19th century. The title "North End Reel" for the tune probably refers to Boston's North End, a neighborhood that has the distinction of being the city's oldest residential community, where people have continuously inhabited since it was settled in the 1630s. Paul Revere's house and the Old North Church are located there, and it has been home to waves of immigrants, beginning with the Irish, then Eastern European Jews and Italians.