Audio Recordings [West Virginia Gals]
Jabbour, Karen Singer
- [West Virginia Gals]
- 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
- Field recordings
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-4)
- - Compass: 15
- - Key: A
- - Rendition: tag-1r-2r-1r-2r-1r-2r-tag
- - Phrase Structure: AAAB QRQ'B' (abab abcd qrst qr'c'd')
- - Stylistic features: Lively tempo, slurs in bowing. On the third time through, second strain, his bow catches on the fiddle instead of the G-string, causing a momentary blank space. He complained about this later. Someone picks up a guitar and trying it out in the background.
- - The tune appears to be an instrumental version of a song known in older Appalachian tradition (see Sharp, English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, vol. 2, 6, #75-A, "If You Want to Go A-Courting") and recorded on early hillbilly records. Though Henry Reed gave the tune no title, the Hollow Rock String Band recorded it as "West Virginia Gals" (Rounder 0024), the title which is adopted here. The song typically repeats the final phrase, making a five-phrase tune. The high strain of the fiddle tune corresponds to the song, though it eliminates the repeated fourth phrase, and the low strain is a kind of arpeggiated filler.
- - Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Unnamed."
- - Spoken: [before tune]/ALAN JABBOUR: How about that first tune. Do you remember it yet? . . . It was in A and it was sort of minor.[after tune]/ALAN JABBOUR: Oh, that's a good tune. You never could think of the name of it, you say?/HENRY REED: No, I don't know.
- - Recording chronology: 001
- - Duration: 2 minutes
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1967/007: AFS 13034B29
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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