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Thread #7666 Message #1092474
Posted By: greg stephens
14-Jan-04 - 03:14 AM
Thread Name: origin of the tune Staten Island
Subject: RE: origin of the tune Staton Island
This tune was also known as the Tobacco Land Hornpipe. Whether this was its first name, before Staten island, I dont know.
Stylistically,it sounds to my ears like a Scottish or northern English hornpipe, rather than Irish, as has been suggested earlier. But people and styles were moving so freely across the Irish Sea and Atlantic Ocean in the 1700's(presumably the date of the tune) that almost anyone could have come up with it.
A great tune, whatever it's origin.