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X:1 T:Rising Sun Reel [3] M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Reel S:Howe – 1000 Jigs and Reels (c. 1867) N:”As played by Jimmy Norton, the Boss Jig Player.” Norton was N:active in the Boston region from the 1860's to the 1890's, and N:his business address was often the same as Elias Howe's. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D d2 dA | FGAc | d2 dA | cdef | d2 dA | FGAF | Eeed | cdef :|| d2 ad | fdad | d2 ad | cdef | d2 ad | fdad | gfed | cdef | d2 ad | fdad | d2 ad | cdef | bgaf | gefd | edcB | Agfe ||



RISING SUN [3]. AKA and see “Guiry's Reel,” “Lady Montgomery (3),” “Miss Montgomery,” “Phelim's Frolic.” Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. A variant of other versions of the "Rising Sun" reel, originally Irish in provenance, but with a history in America dating to at least the mid-19th century. It was recorded in New York by 78 RPM-era fiddler Hugh Gillespie (originally from County Donegal). See also P.W. Joyce’s “Guiry's Reel," the closest variant. “Lady Montgomery (3),” “Miss Montgomery,” and “Phelim's Frolic” are more distanced but also related (some more in one strain than another).


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - “As played by Jimmy Norton, the Boss Jig Player,” notes publisher Elias Howe. Norton, according to NYC writer, musician and researcher Don Meade, was a child prodigy on the mid-19th century stage, and performed a variety of talents, including fiddling). Paul Wells says "Norton is easily traced in [Boston city] directories from the early 1860's to the early 1890's. Often his business address was the same as Howe's" [1].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (CRÉ II), 1976; No. 260, p. 134 (Breathnach (1976) took the title from Goodman’s manuscript as source Russell had no name for it). Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 18. Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 49. Howe (Musician's Omnibus No. 6), Boston, c. 1880-1882; p. 418. Kennedy (Traditional Dance Music of Britain and Ireland: Reels and Rants), 1997; No. 171, p. 40. Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 41.






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  1. PAUL F. WELLS (2010). Elias Howe, William Bradbury Ryan, and Irish Music in Nineteenth-Century Boston. Journal of the Society for American Music, 4, p. 417.