Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jabbour, Alan
Reed, Henry
Dates 1966
Location Giles County
Glen Lyn
United States
Language English
Subjects Appalachian Region
Fiddle Tunes
Field Recordings
Folk Music
Instrumental Music
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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