Audio Recordings Irish Washerwoman
Jabbour, Karen Singer
- Irish Washerwoman
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- Jabbour, Karen Singer (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, June 18, 1966
- Subject Headings
- - Instrumental music
- - Fiddle tunes
- - Folk music--Appalachian Region
- - Jigs
- - Ethnography
- - Music
- - Field recordings
- - United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
- Field recordings
- - Compass: 12
- - Key: G
- - Meter: 6/8
- - Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
- - Rendition: 1r-2r-1
- - Phrase Structure: ABAC QRSC' (abcd abc'e qrst uvc"e)
- - "Irish Washerwoman" is known in both the British Isles and North America, though in America it has achieved a sort of popular culture notoriety unknown in the British Isles. It first appears almost simultaneously in Scottish and Irish publications in the Old World and in American manuscript tune collections around 1800. Most nineteenth-century tunebooks include it, and it has been well-represented in twentieth-century books and recordings. It is not unknown in the South but seems more common elsewhere in the country, due possibly to the unfamiliarity of 6/8 time in the South. Henry Reed plays it more slowly than the normal pace for either jigs or quicksteps, and the tune has something of the appearance of a set piece rather than a dance tune in his repertory.
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Duration: 59 seconds
- - Spoken: HENRY REED: Do you know that?/ALAN JABBOUR: I believe that's "Irish Washerwoman," isn't it?/HENRY REED: Yeah.
- - Recording chronology: 028
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1967/007: AFS 13033B20
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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