Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jabbour, Alan
Jabbour, Karen Singer
Reed, Henry
Dates 1966
Location Giles County
Glen Lyn
United States
Virginia
Language English
Subjects Appalachian Region
Breakdowns
Ethnography
Fiddle Tunes
Field Recordings
Folk Music
Instrumental Music
Music
Reels
Title
[Witch of the Wave Reel]
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
-  Breakdowns
-  Reels
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Genre
Ethnography
Music
Field recordings
Notes
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Compass: 12
-  Key: G
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-1
-  Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-2)
-  Phrase Structure: ABAC QC' (abac abde dqde')
-  Stylistic features: Henry Reed was trying to play the full version of the second tune into which he had verged in his previous performance (Breakdown in G, AFS 13033b25), but instead plays yet another tune.
-  Related Tune(s): New York Reel
-  Related Tune(s): Western Gem Reel
-  Related Tune(s): St. Botolph's Hornpipe
-  Related Tune(s): Buckley's Fancy
-  Related Tune(s): Comely Jane Downing
-  Related Tune(s): The Lakeside Road
-  Henry Reed gave this tune no name. Its first strain appears often, under various names, in the nineteenth-century tunebook tradition. One such set, "Witch of the Wave Reel," is in One Thousand Fiddle Tunes, p. 3; for similar tunes, compare "New York Reel," One Thousand Fiddle Tunes, p. 38; "Western Gem Reel," One Thousand Fiddle Tunes, p. 49; "St. Botolph's Hornpipe," One Thousand Fiddle Tunes, p. 99; "Buckley's Fancy," O'Neill's Music of Ireland, #1211; "Comely Jane Downing," O'Neill's Music of Ireland, #1461; "The Lakeside Road," O'Neill's Music of Ireland, #1699.The Hollow Rock String Band, having learned this tune from Henry Reed, noticed its similarity to "Witch of the Wave Reel" and began calling it that. The tune is now occasionally played by other fiddlers using that title, and the title is adopted here as a way of distinguishing it from other unnamed tunes in G.The second strain in Henry Reed's performance does not reflect any of the print sets. It is a kind of filler or extender, only half as long as the first strain, which is made up of musical elements of the last phrase of the first strain.
-  Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Unnamed."
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Spoken: [before tune]/HENRY REED: I can't think of the other one.[after tune]/ALAN JABBOUR: That's the one that you got on to while ago./HENRY REED: Yeah, I got onto it.
-  Recording chronology: 034
-  Duration: 45 seconds
Medium
Audio tape
Call Number
AFC 1967/007: AFS 13033B26
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcreed.13033b26


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