Audio Recordings George Booker
- George Booker
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, August 27, 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
- - Compass: 15
- - Key: A
- - Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
- - Rendition: 1r-2r-1
- - Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQC (abac abdc' qrst qrdc')
- - This tune began life, so far as can be told, as a Scottish strathspey entitled "The Marquis of Huntly's Farewell," the title it was given in William Marshall's Collection of Strathspey Reels (ca. 1781). By the early nineteenth century it already had taken hold in rural Virginia, now named "George Booker" in honor of a Virginia Revolutionary War leader; a set under that name appears in Knauff's Virginia Reels (1839). The tune in that set, as in Henry Reed's, retains the melodic structure and circular form of the Scottish sets. Henry Reed's performance is also notable for the inclusion of sixteenth-note triplets and thirty-second notes, a feature of left-hand technique on the fiddle that is often associated with British fiddling but here appears to have a toehold in Virginia as well."George Booker" has an interesting history on the old frontier of the Upper South, having been recast as "Camp Chase" to celebrate the escape from Camp Chase, Ohio, during the Civil War by West Virginian Sol Carpenter. French Carpenter plays a set and tells the story on the LP recording Old-Time Music from Clay County, West Virginia (Folk Promotions 11567-11568), and another version of tale and tune performed by Burl Hammons appears on The Hammons Family (Library of Congress, AFS L65-66), which cites additional variants.
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Duration: 53 seconds
- - Spoken: [before tune]/HENRY REED: Hard to get over on the fiddle there.[after tune]/ALAN JABBOUR: That's "George Booker," isn't it?/HENRY REED: Yeah. You've got that on the other tape.
- - Recording chronology: 062
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1967/007: AFS 13035B06
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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