Pure Drop (2) (The)

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PURE DROP [2], THE (An Braon Glan). AKA and see "Drogheda Lasses (1) (The),” "Drogheda Reel (The)," "Dangerous Reel (The)," “Hand Me Down the Tackle,” “Hielanman's Kneebuckle (The),” “Reidy Johnson's (2),” "Road to Drogheda (The),” “Tom(m) Steele." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Unrelated to “Pure Drop (1). The tune was usually recorded as "Tom Steele" or "Hand Me Down the Tackle" in the 78 RPM era. Piper Séamus Ennis was the first to use the name "Pure Drop" for the reel on his recordings, in the mid-20th century.

Edward Cronin

Source for notated version: Chicago fiddler and composer Edward Cronin, originally from County Tipperary, who was also a weaver and a machinist. O’Neill said of him: “…he would play for hours at a time such tunes as memory presented, his features while so engaged remaining as set and impassive as a sphinx…it was his open boast that he never forgot nor forgave an injury…” [O’Neill].

Printed sources: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1305, p. 245.

Recorded sources: Gael-linn CEFCD 114, Tony MacMahon & Noel Hill - “ "I gCnoc na Graí” ('In Knocknagree').

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]




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