Rambler's Hornpipe

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X:1 T:Rambler’s Hornpipe T:Old French T:Little Old Man M:C| L:1/8 R:Hornpipe or Reel S:From a transcription by Carmelle Bégin of the playing of fiddler Dawson Girdwood. K:D (AB/c/)|:d2 (c>d) B>dA>F|D>FA>d f2 (e>d)|c>de>f (3gfe c>A|1 d2 [d2f2] [d2f2] (3ABc:|2 d2 [d2f2] [d2f2] (c>d)|| |:e>fe>d (3cdc A2|A>EA>c e2 (d>c)|(B>G)(B>d) g>fe>d|(3cBA (c>e) a2 (c>d)| e>fe>d c2 A2|A>EA>c e2 (d>c)|B>GB>d g>fe>d|1 (3c>BA A2 A2 (c>d):|2 (3cBA A2 A2 (3ABc||



RAMBLER'S HORNPIPE. AKA and see “Little Old Man,” "Old French." Canadian, American; Hornpipe or Reel. USA, northern N.Y. Canada; Ontario, Québec (Gaspé). D Major ('A' part) & A Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The alternate title “Little Old Man” was given by Carmelle Bégin, from the playing of Ontario fiddler Dawson Girdwood. The tune has been popular at American contra-dances as “Old French.” "Rambler's Hornpipe" was recorded on a 1990 home tape by fiddler Erskine Morris (1913-1997), originally from Douglastown, an anglo-francophone community on the tip of the Gaspé peninsula. See note for "Old French" for more.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Bradley Grimshaw (northern N.Y., 1958) [Bayard]; Dawson Girdwood (Perth, Ontario) [Bégin].

Printed sources : - Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 362, p. 357. Bégin (Fiddle Music in the Ottawa Valley: Dawson Girdwood), 1985; No. 16, p. 29. Guest (A Hundred Favorite Fiddle Tunes), 1980; p. 51.

Recorded sources : - Apex 26287 (78 RPM), Don Messer & His Islanders (1945). Apex AL 1608, "The Best of Don Messer and His Islanders – P.E.I. Series vol. 1" (1960).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear New Brunswick fiddler Ned Landry’s recording at Ted McGraw’s site [2] [3]
Hear Don Messer's 1945 recording on youtube.com [4]



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