Audio Recordings Bill Cheatham
- Bill Cheatham
- 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: 1-2-1r-2r-1
- - Related Tune(s): Brilliancy Medley
- - "Bill Cheatham" has been popular for much of the twentieth century in the Upper South, and it has been recorded periodically by country and bluegrass fiddlers as a fiddling set piece. Henry Reed's version is similar to the usual version of the tune but differs consistently from it in the treatment of the first few notes of the lower strain. Representative early recordings of "Bill Cheatham" include a set by Texan Eck Robertson and Family as the middle part of his "Brilliancy Medley," and "Bill Cheathem," recorded by Arthur Smith and the Delmore Brothers; both are reissued on Old-Time Fiddle Classics (County 507).
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Bill Cheetham."
- - Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQS (abcd abef qrqs qrtu)
- - Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: That's good./HENRY REED: My arm is giving out on me./ALAN JABBOUR: Is it tiring out?
- - Recording chronology: 066
- - Duration: 1 minute, 1 second
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1967/007: AFS 13035B10
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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