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References: Contributors:
CRE: Ceol Rince na hEireann
DMI: O'Neill's Dance Music of Ireland (1907)
OMI: O'Neill's Music of Ireland ()
MFI: Bulmer & Sharpley, Music From Ireland, 4 vols (c1970s)
NF: The Northern Fiddler
K2v1-4: Kerr's Merry Melodies
K2v6: Kerr's Collection of Merry Melodies for the Piano
Ryan: Ryan's Mammoth Collection
NG: Nigel Gatherer
CMA: Caoimhín Mac Aoidh
PdG: Paul de Grae
PV: Philippe Varlet
BB: Breandan Breathnach
HH: Hal Hughes
DM: Don Meade
Last updated: 12th December 2004.

DM: Clog dancing in wooden-soled shoes was very popular as stage entertainment in the late 19th century. Sub-types included pedestal, statue and Lancashire clogs. As Ryan's own notes indicate, many tunes in the hornpipe section were considered suitable for clog dancing.
Name Ryan Coles Notes
Bernardo's Favorite 158 119 DM: O'Neill's Humors of Castle Bernard.
City Life 155 117 DM: AKA Showman's Fancy (Roche collection, Allan's Irish Fiddler)
Dickie Rodger's Pedestal 159 121 DM: Dickie is obscure, but clogging on a pedestal was a popular variety specialty.
Fagan and Fenton's 160 121 DM: Barney Fagan (born in Boston, 1850) and John Fenton had a dance double act in the mid 1870s. The tune is credited to J. Braham, most likely John Braham, a violinist who led the orchestra at the Howard Athenaeum in Boston and who composed numerous popular songs and dance tunes in the 1870s and '80s. His father Joseph led Tony Pastor's orchestra while his uncle David Braham was Ned Harrigan's father-in-law, musical director and songwriting collaborator.
Flee as a Bird 154 116 DM: From Psalms 11:1 ("Flee as a Bird to your mountain, thou who art weary of sin...").
Gray's Opera House 159 117 DM: O'Neill's Sweeps, Millicen's Favorite or Royal Belfast in Kerr's I.
Great Western 155 121 DM: The most prominent "Gray's Opera House" was a Houston, Texas theater saved from fire in 1875. Oscar Wilde lectured there in 1882.
Johnnie Queen's 159 120 DM: Johnnie Queen was one of the best-known American clog dancers of the late 19th century. "...Queen electrified the English music halls when he went abroad for a tour in the eighties. They found his triples, rolls, and nerve steps uncanny, refused to believe he accomplished them unaided by tricks, and caused him no end of embarrassment by demanding to see his shoes. Queen stopped that by making his entrance in his slippers and passing around his shoes for the audience to examine, as proof that he used no clappers or other Yankee gadgets." - Douglas Gilbert, American Vaudeville: Its Life and Times, Whittlesey House (McGraw-Hill), New York 1940.
Lee's Double Clog 160 121 DM: Same as The Irish-American reel (Ryan p25)
Minnie Foster's 156 118 DM: Named for a variety show actress who was a celebrated blackface "Topsy" in performances of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Recorded by Seán McGuire as The Black Swan.
Minstrel's Fancy 157 119 DM: O'Neill's McElligott's Fancy. Recorded by flute player John McKenna as The Buck from the Mountain.
Remembrance of Dublin 156 118 DM: AKA Norton's Favorite Hornpipe (Ryan p143)
Statue 155 117 DM: The "statue clog" was a variety show specialty of the 1870s and '80s in which the performer posed as a statue come to life on a pedestal.
Tammany Ring 157 119 DM: See notes for The Princess (Ryan p131). This title is a reference to the corrupt associates of New York's "Boss" Tweed, leader of the Tammany Hall Democratic Party machine in New York in the 1870s.
Bill Black: I know that tune (in the key of G) as The Southern Shore. It has other names as well, none of which can I recall. The Dubliners recorded it years ago as did Boston's (now Chicago's) fine fiddler Brendan Bulger.
Michael Hogan: This is The Wonder Hornpipe...
Andrew Pickering: ...composed by James Hill. The title presumably refers to a racehorse.
PdG: Patty Furlong recorded it on her self-titled CD as Coey's Hornpipe.
Jeff Lindqvist: It's recorded in G (G sharp) on the De Dannan's Hibernian Rhapsody (in the set George Ross' Hornpipes).

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