The American reel

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

The American has been added to 4 tune sets.

The American has been added to 27 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The American
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
g|f2 df ecAc|acAc e2 eg|f2 df ecAc|dBGB d2 dg|
f2 df ecAc|acAc e2 eg|f2 ed efge|dBGB d2 dg||
faec e2 Ag|faec e2 ef|faec efge|dBGB d2 dg:|
X: 2
T: The American
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:aAgA de~e2|decG ~A3a|~a2g2 deg2|ga~a2 ba~a2|
aAgA de~e2|decG ~A3B|ce~e2 decG|1 ~A2GB A2(3aaa:|2 ~A2GB a2z2||
|:ce~e2 ce~e2|decG ~A3B|ce~e2 deed|(de)~e2 dcAB|
ce~e2 ce~e2|decG ~A3B|ce~e2 decG|1 ~A2GB A3B:|2 ~A2GB A2(3aaa||

Four comments

Sources of “The American Reel” after Neil Gow

This is a ‘round’ transcription of ‘The American Reel’ cited in Hugh Cheape’s article “A Dance Called America” in The Voice - The Official Publication of the EUSPAB, Winter 2003, pg.23. Cheape, a well known Scottish historian and renowned piper, states this tune was “published by Niel Gow in the fifth of his books of fiddle music.” Citing written documentation by James Boswell in the “Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Dr. Samuel Johnson” (pub. 1775), Cheape describes Boswell’s account of a specific dance to a bagpipe tune. The dance was called, “America” and this reel is the tune Cheape suspects may have been played. Either way, this is a very nice tune with a solid documented history that connects Scotland, Ireland and America. Hope you like it.

The American, X:2

This is the actual setting of “The American” played on Flatfish. The tune goes by another name “Liam Murphy’s Delight”. This setting was taken by gianmarco’s setting of “Liam Murphy’s Delight”. I was trying to learn it by ear using E mixolydian fingering on a D flat whistle. Now that I think about it, maybe Brian’s playing the entire set on an Ab flute…tricky.

Re: The American

These are two completely different tunes.

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Re: The American

muirn, that’s what is confusing me. It’s clearly Liam Murphy’s Delight which is being played on the album, but it is being referred to as “The American”. I just added this setting for people looking through Flatfish who want to find the actual tune being played, which is Liam Murphy’s Delight.