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QUINDARO HORNPIPE. AKA - "Quindaro," “Qumdaro.” AKA and see "Boston Fancy (2)," "Richard's Hornpipe (1)." American, English, Scottish; Hornpipe or (seldom) Reel. USA, New England. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (most versions): AA'BB (Kerr). New York City writer, researcher and musician Don Meade finds the tune was named for a Kansas town founded by abolitionists in 1856, and subsequently abandoned. New Hampshire fiddler Randy Miller expands on the origins of the name:

Quindaro Brown

Quindaro Brown was the daughter of Adam Brown, a Chief of the Ohio Wyandot Tribe. In traditional Wyandot, “Quindaro” refers to the leadership role of a first born daughter; it is “also a word that some interpret by the adage ‘In union there is strength.’ At the time of the Wyandot’s forced removal to Kansas in the 1840s, Abelard Guthrie, a U.S. Land Office agent, fell in love with Quindaro Brown and married her. In Kansas, Quindaro was able to convince her tribespeople to sell land to a company for a townsite in present-day Kansas City. The town of Quindaro was the first Free-State port on the Missouri River, an underground railroad site and a temperance town. At the time of its founding in 1856, it was a beacon of hope for anti-slavery advocates in a sea of pro-slavery adherents. The Quindaro townsite was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. The tune seems to commemorate the town and its namesake. ... [Randy Miller, Monadnock Folklore Society webpage, 2008] [1].

Burchenal prints it as a tune for the dance "Boston Fancy." See also the similar “Douglas Hornpipe.” Seattle musician, entrepreneur and researcher Vivian Williams finds a slightly different version appears under the name "Fanny's Delight (2)" in Saunders School for the Violin (Providence, R.I., 1847). However, the earliest version of the tune is in W. Blackman's A Selection of the Most Favorite Hornpipes for the Violin (London, c. 1810-22), where it appears as "Richard's Hornpipe (1)."


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - fiddler Pete Sutherland (Vt) [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Burchenal (American Country Dances, vol. 1), 1918; pp. 39-40 (appears as "Boston Fancy" [2]). Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 104. Ford (Traditional Music in America), 1940; p. 117. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 367, p. 40 (appears as "Qumdaro"). Kerr (Merry Melodies for the Piano), p. 28. Miller & Perron (New England Fiddler’s Repertoire), 1983; No. 120. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 217. Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 139. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 163. Spadaro (10 Cents a Dance), 1980; p. 41. Tolman (The Nelson Music Collection), 1969; p. 13. White’s Unique Collection, 1896; No. 135, p. 24.

Recorded sources : - Biograph 6007, Ebenezer - "Tell It To Me." Whistler’s Music 9859, Sarah Bauhan - “Chasing the New Moon” (1991).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]



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