Audio Recordings Bully of the Town
Cavanaugh, J. W.
- 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
- Field recordings
- - 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).
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1967/007: AFS 13035B14
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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