Pride of the Ball
X:1 T:Pride of the Ball T:Steeple Chase  M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:Joyce – Old Irish Folk Music (1909), No. 342 Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Dmix cB|A2 FD A2 FD|EGAB cBcA|G2EC G2EC|EGAB c2 Bc| A2FD A2FD|EGAB c2 Bc|dBcA BGAF|GBAF D2:| |:FG|Addd dcAG|FGAB c2 BA|G2 ECG2EC|EGAB c2 Bc| Addd dcAG|FGAB cBce|dBcA BGAF|GBAF D2:|]
PRIDE OF THE BALL. AKA and see similar reels "Family Estate (The)," "Girl with the Handsome Face (The)," "Joshua Gray," "MacKenzie's Farewell to Ross-Shire," "McKenna's Reel," "Miss Wright's Reel," "Mollie's Bonnet," "Molloy's Night Cap," "Pigeon on the Gate (5)," "Queen's Wedding (The)," “Speed the Plow,” "Steeple Chase (1)," "Swallow’s Tail Reel (The)," "Take Your Hand Away," "Village Reel (1)." Scottish, Irish, Canadian, American; Reel. Canada; Ontario, Prince Edward Island. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Cole, Harding, Joyce, Kennedy, Kerr, O’Neill): AA’BB’ (Perlman). A member of the "Swallowtail Reel/Swallow’s Tail Reel (The)" tune family, a large and widely disseminated tune family popular in Scotland and Ireland, and in North America. Perlman (1996) notes that there is some confusion between this tune and “Pigeon on the Gatepost;” in fact, several of the variants he lists (such as “Roddy Joe's Reel” and “Twin Sisters (The)”) are also listed as variants for “Pigeon on the Gatepost.” The tune was also collected by Samuel Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle, 1981, Appendix No. 6, p. 574) as an untitled reel collected from a fiddler he met from Prince Edward Island, Canada, in the 1930's. Note Perlman collected it from PEI fiddlers some sixty years later.