Palmetto Hornpipe

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X:1 T:Palmetto Hornpipe M:C| L:1/8 R:Hornpipe S:Ryan’s Mammoth Collection (1883) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A (3EFG | A>GA>B A>ce>c | B>^AB>c B>Fd>c | B>cd>e f>ga>f | e>ag>f (3.e.f.e (3.d.c.B | A>GA>B A>ce>c | {c}B>^AB>c B>Fd>c | B>cd>e f>ga>f | (3.e.f.e (3.d.c.B A2 :| |: c2 | B>e^d>e B>g=f>^g | e>Be>g b2 a>g | f>ga>f ^d>Bc>^d | (3.e.g.f (3.e.d.c B2 G>A | B>e^d>e B>g=g>^g | e>Be>g b2 a>g | f>ga>f ^d>Bc>d | e2g2e2 :|]

PALMETTO HORNPIPE. AKA and see "Midnight Dance (The)," "Old Tanglefoot." American, Hornpipe. A Major ('A' part) & E Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Perhaps the title refers to South Carolina's official State Tree, the Sabal Palmetto, which honors the repulse of a British attack on Sullivan's Island on June 28th, 1776, when a palmetto-log fort, under Colonel William Moultrie, withstood the barrage of British cannons until the fleet retreated.

William Bradbury Ryan also printed another version of the tune in his 1883 collection, under the title "Old Tanglefoot." "Midnight Dance (The)" is the title used for the tune in Francis O'Neill's Music of Ireland (1903).

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 95. Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 127.

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