Spellan's Inspiration

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X:1 T:Spellan's Inspiration R:hornpipe B:O'Neill's Music of Ireland. 1850 Melodies, 1903, p. 299, no. 1612 Z:François-Emmanuel de Wasseige M:2/4 L:1/16 K:Bb (3bag)|f2d>B B2F>B|G2E2 E2F>E|D>FE>G F>Be>d|c>BA>G F>ba>g| f>bd>f B>dF>B|G2E2 E2F>E|D>FE>G F>BA>c|B2B,2 B,2:| |:(D>E)|F>GF>E D>EF>E|G>FE>D E>DE>F|G>_AG>F E>Gc>B|A2F2 F2D>E| F>GF>E D>FE>D|E2g2 g2f>e|d>fB>d c>eA>c|B2B,2 B,2:| |:(D>C)|B,2D>B, F>B,D>B,|A,>B,C>D E>DE>F|D>FE>G F>BA>c|e>cA>F E>DE>C | B,2D>B, F>B,D>B,|A,>B,C>D E>DE>C|D>BA>G F>ED>C|B,2D2 B,2:|]



SPELLAN'S INSPIRATION (Beodact Ui Spealain). Irish, Hornpipe (whole time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. The tunes in Francis O'Neill's volumes that have 'Spellan' in the title are from O'Neill's collaborator and assistant in his early volumes, Chicago Police Sergeant James O'Neill (no relation), who was originally from County Down. The Spellan tunes were from James O'Neill's manuscripts and were composed by Spellan, who was an orchestra leader in Dublin who later moved to Belfast[1]. See note for “Spellan the Fiddler.”


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - fiddler Dawson Girdwood (Perth, Ottawa Valley, Ontario) [Bégin].

Printed sources : - Bégin (Fiddle Music in the Ottawa Valley: Dawson Girdwood), 1985; No. 21, p. 34. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1612, p. 299.

Recorded sources : - Viva W103, Sean McGuire – “Irish Jigs and Reels” (c. 1960’s, a reissue of “Sean Maguire Plays,” the first recording of McGuire that Josephine Keegan accompanied on piano).




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  1. As identified by Francis O'Neill in a letter to Alfred Percival Graves.