The Flagon Reel is from the Vickers’ manuscript from North East England in the 1770s. It clearly shares lineage with the “Flogging Reel” played in the Irish tradition, but shows a distinctly Northumbrian feel for the tune.
The whole manuscript can be viewed online from the Folk Archive Resource North East (FARNE).
RE: The Flaggon
In Cape Breton they play the Flaggon in Gmix. I believe what actually happened was that the Flaggon was originally a Northumbrian/Scottish tune, and then because of the limitations of the Uilleann pipes, the tune was put into Gmaj, and that’s how a lot of Irish musicians still play it. It loses a lot in Gmaj though in my opinion.
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