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Old Copper Plate (Ador)

The Old Copper Plate (Ador) is a very common session tune.  I don’t have much real information on this tune, but it should not be confused with the tunes called “New Copper Plate” or “The Copper Plate,” the former also a very common session tune – though played more slowly in some Paris sessions (≈115 bpm). This tune, the Old Copper Plate (or sometimes The Old Copperplate) was a favorite of the Cape Breton fiddler Brenda Stubbert.  I don’t know of any printed or recorded versions older than the mid-1970s, and it is in Phil Rubenzer’s Midwestern Irish Session Tunes,  Millennium Edition (2000).


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