What can I say? I have a special place in my heart for tunes in the key of Bb, even if they aren’t hornpipes. I found Daley’s Reel in the book “Hot Licks for Bluegrass Fiddle” by Stacy Phillips. I hadn’t looked at that book in a while, and thumbed through it, and found Daley’s Reel, which I had played through a couple of times years ago. I don’t know much about it’s history, but I think it’s a pretty cool tune.
I really can’t find much about it. If you know something about it’s history, please let me know.
Daley’s Reel according to Fiddler’s Companion
DAILEY’S REEL. AKA – “Daley’s Reel.” Old‑Time, Bluegrass; Breakdown. USA. B Flat Major. Standard tuning. AABB (Brody): AABB’ (Phillips). According to the notes on Joe Greene’s LP, the tune is Canadian in origin. Source for notated version: Kenny Baker [Brody]. Brody (Fiddler’s Fakebook), 1983; pg. 82. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; pg. 64. County 775, Kenny Baker‑ “Farmyard Swing.” County Records, Joe Greene‑ “Joe Greene’s Fiddle Album” (1969). County 2705, Kenny Baker – “Master Fiddler.”