Silver Spire (The)
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The "Silver Spire" title for the tune developed sometime in the intervening years between then and Sligo fiddler Paddy Killoran's 1930 recording of the melody with the new title. Donegal fiddler Tommy Peoples’ and Sligo fiddler Paddy Kiloran (1904-1965, recorded in the early 1930's in a medley paired with "Farrell O'Gara") versions are highly regarded, as is that of the Ballinakill Ceili Band (recorded on a 78 RPM) in which the melody is played as a hornpipe. Since no earlier record of the name “Silver Spire” occurs earlier than 1931 Killoran recording, it may be speculated that it was a tune that had become detached from its name, and the Killoran, Sweeney or the record company decided to call it after the then-current New York City engineering marvel, The Empire State Building, completed that same year, or its rival skyscraper the Chrysler Building, completed in 1930 (the Chrysler even has a silver spire adorning its top). Other suggestions are that the title is a corruption of the similar title of another Irish reel, “Silver Spear (The),” which migrated to the older “Great Eastern” tune.