Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Cavanaugh, J. W.
Jabbour, Alan
Reed, Henry
Dates 1966
Location Giles County
Glen Lyn
United States
Virginia
Language English
Subjects Appalachian Region
Ethnography
Fiddle Tunes
Field Recordings
Folk Music
Instrumental Music
Music
Ragtime Music
Title
Bully of the Town
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Cavanaugh, J. W. (Composer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, August 27, 1966
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Ragtime music
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Genre
Ethnography
Music
Field recordings
Notes
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Key: G
-  Compass: 10
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Duration: 1 minute, 6 seconds
-  Strains: 2 (low-high, 6-8)
-  Rendition: 1-2-1r-2
-  Phrase Structure: ABCDEF QRSTUD'EF
-  Stylistic features: Note blues-like six-bar strain.
-  Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: You call it . . . ./HENRY REED: "Bully of the Town."
-  Recording chronology: 070
-  Composed by Charles E. Trevathan, 1896/Will Carleton, words, and J. W. Cavanaugh, music, 1896
-  This rag-like tune from the turn of the century turns up in both Black and White tradition in the Upper South. The bluesy six-bar phrase structure of the low strain is consistent in sets of the tune. "Bully of the Town" is a song as well as instrumental tune--a characteristic of African-American tradition--but it is often played simply as an instrumental piece, particularly among White musicians. An interesting North Carolina African-American set from 1956 is Mrs. Etta Baker's guitar version on the LP record Instrumental Music of the Southern Appalachians (Tradition TLP 1007).
Medium
Audio tape
Call Number
AFC 1967/007: AFS 13035B14
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcreed.13035b14


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