• ianmooreplaysfiddle

Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1):

Updated: Mar 30

I haven't quite decided how I'm going to present this, I think I'm just planning to go page by page until I'm done. So, let me begin with a brief statement about the collection and then we'll just get started.

This book is fiddle gold and has been for a century and longer. It represents sort of a catch-all for the tunes that Elias Howe Jr. had been printing for decades before and after the Civil War, often as part of his line of instrument tutors. You might have found numerous of the tunes in his Complete Preceptor for the Accordion or his School for the Flute or his Complete Ball Room Hand-book, but here they are in a gigantic concordance, more than a thousand reels, jigs, hornpipes, essences, walk-arounds, strathspeys and flings.

1. Blodgett's Reel

2. "Fire Him Out" Reel

3. Kelton's Reel or 'Pig Town Fling'

4. Brazen Mask Reel

5. Witch of the Wave Reel

6. Welcome Here Again Reel

7. the Scotch Patriot's Reel

8. 'Neath the Moonlight Reel


Recent Posts

See All

Wren Boys: Song, Jig & Polka

So for St Stephen's Day, that's Boxing Day ~ the day after Christmas, you're supposed to go parade a dead bird around town and hit up your better-off neighbors for leftovers & cash gifts, ostensibly s

Star in the East

So, yes, its quite true... every year I seem to start work on a seasonal holidays album -- right then, when the season starts... exactly at the point I should be finishing any such album so I could ma

Old Apple Tree Wassail

This is one of my all time favorite Christmas carols. I guess it's usually called 'Here We Come A-Wassailin' but I think theres a more popular song that goes by that name. Season's Greetings from dow

© 2023 by Rafael Nash. Proudly created with