Old Granite State Reel
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OLD GRANITE STATE REEL. AKA - "Granite State." American, Reel. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The 'Granite State' is the nickname for New Hampshire. Ryan/Cole gives the composer of this tune as one "O. Densmore". Michael McKernan says this probably refers to O. Densmore from Chelsea, Vermont, the leader of a dance band in the 1840's and 1850's, and who was mentioned in period newspapers at least once as playing the "clarionet" (clarinet). He further finds reference to the 'Messrs. Densmore' from Chelsea who joined more than two dozen musicians who played at a Musicians' Annual Ball in Lebanon, New Hampshire, in 1847.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 49. Miller (Fiddler's Throne), 2004; No. 166, p. 105 (appears as "Granite State"). Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 77.