Old Cameronian (The)
OLD CAMERONIAN. AKA and see "Cameronian Reel (3) (The)." Irish, Reel. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Reavy): AA'B (Feldman & O'Doherty). The tune is a distanced version of the modal Scottish reel "<incipit title="load:Lyall" width=850 link="https://tunearch.org/wiki/Miss Lyall (1)">Miss Lyall (1)</incipit>," the first strain of which is also known as "Mrs. Grant of Laggan’s Strathspey." It is printed early in London publisher James Alexander's Alexander's 50 New Scotch & Irish Reels & Hornpipe (c. 1826) as "Cammaronian [sic] Reel," but the exact provenance is not indicated.
According to County Cavan/Philadelphia fiddler and composer Ed Reavy's (1898-1988) son Joseph, his father reset this melody in his own style and states that "some of his (Ed's) later compositions can be traced to the fine strain of this old tune." Compare also Michael Coleman's "Malloy's Favorite."
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