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GOWER REEL. AKA and see "Lumbers." Welsh, Reel. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Collected by the great English collector Maude Karpeles, a contemporary of and collaborator with Cecil Sharpe, at Port Eynon, Gower, Wales in 1927. The tune is a reel setting of "Rickett's Hornpipe" AKA "Manchester Hornpipe. A mouth-music version used for step-dancing was famously recorded from the Phil Tanner for Columbia Records in 1937, and recorded, probably by Maud Karpeles, at Penmaen Gower, Wales, April 22, 1949. Tanner said he resorted to mouth music when the last fiddler in the region died.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Mellor (Welsh Dance Tunes), 1935; p. 4.
Recorded sources: EFDSS Records – LP 1005, Phil Tanner - "Phil Tanner" (1968). Folktrax FTX-057, Phil Tanner - "The Great Man of Gower."
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Hear Phil Tanner's mouth music recording on youtube.com