Teresa Halpin's Reel

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X:1 T:Teresa Halpin’s Reel M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Reel B:Roche – Collection of Traditional Irish Music vol. 1 (1912, No. 138, p. 56) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G (D/E/)|G(G/F/) G/A/B/d/|e(d/e/) g/e/d/B/|e(d/e/) g/e/d/B/|A(A/G/) A/c/B/A/| G(G/F/) G/A/B/d/|e(d/e/) g/e/d/B/|(e/g/)d/e/ (B/c/)A/B/|GG/G/ G|| (e/f/)|gg/(g/ a)a/(a/|b/)a/g/f/ e/d/B/d/|e(d/e/) g/e/d/B/|A(A/G/) A/c/B/A/| g-g/g/ aa/a/-|b/a/g/f/ e/d/B/d/|(3e/g/e/ (3d/e/d/ (3B/c/B/ (3A/B/A/|GG/G/ G||

TERESA HALPIN'S REEL. AKA and see "Corney Drew's Hornpipe," "Cornerhouse (2) (The)," "Dinny O'Brien's Reel (2)," "Dwyer's Hornpipe (1)," "Fitzgerald's Hornpipe (2)." Irish, Reel (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "Teresa Halpin/Treasa Ní Alpín (1894–1983) was born in Garryowen, County Limerick, and was an Irish dancer and musician with major accomplishments, although now sadly almost forgotten. As a late-teen she bested Michael Coleman in a fiddle contest (he was also in his teens), performed internationally, and recorded a few sides for Parlophone. She taught music and dancing in later years, and adjudicated contests.

The tune is usually set as a hornpipe, as, for example, by P.W. Joyce ("Dwyer's Hornpipe (1)"), James Goodman ("Fitzgerald's Hornpipe (2)"), and Francis O'Neill ("Corney Drew's Hornpipe"). At least one recording lists the tune as "Micho Russell's" (referring to the 20th century Country Clare tin whistle player), but this name does not appear yet to be an alternate title.

Josie McDermott's "Trip to Birmingham (2)" is a similar, but probably not cognate, melody. However, Johnny O'Leary's "Cornerhouse (2) (The)" AKA "Dinny O'Brien's Reel (2)" has more points of correspondence to the "Teresa Halpin's Reel" family of tunes and can be considered cognate.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 1), 1912; No. 138, p. 56.

Recorded sources : - Ceol Records CEOCD 001,Téada - "Téada" (2002).

See also listing at :
Alan Ng’s Irishtune.info [1]

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