Mayor Harrison’s Fedora (reel):
Mayor Harrison’s Fedora, or simply The Fedora, appeared in Francis O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland (1907), a collection of jigs, reels, hornpipes and other dance tunes.
Carter Henry Harrison wearing his trademark fedora, 1924
Harrison Junior’s father – Carter Henry Harrison Senior – served as Mayor of Chicago between 1879 and 1887. Just months after his re-election to a fifth term in 1893, he was assassinated by a deranged Irishman named Patrick Eugene Prendergast.
Anyway, enough of the background history ... the three-part, sometimes two-part, reel has been widely recorded but perhaps the most influential version appears on The Banks of the Shannon (1973), a Comhaltas EP recording of Tipperary accordion player Paddy O’Brien with the Clare fiddler Séamus Connolly. There's a nice recording by Matt Molloy and Seán Keane from Contentment is Wealth (1985).
And a lovely banjo version (though in a different key) by Angelina Carberry on An Traidisiún Beo (2005).
Any here's my go at it ... hoping to pick up a bit of speed with a bit more practice.