Audio Recordings [West Virginia Gals]

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
[West Virginia Gals]
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, November 26, 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
-  Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-4)
-  Compass: 15
-  Key: A
-  Phrase Structure: AAAB QRQ'B' (abab abcd qrst qr'c'd')
-  The tune appears to be an instrumental version of a song known in older Appalachian tradition (see Sharp, English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, vol. 2, 6, #75-A, "If You Want to Go A-Courting") and recorded on early hillbilly records. Though Henry Reed gave the tune no title, the Hollow Rock String Band recorded it as "West Virginia Gals" (Rounder 0024), the title which is adopted here. The song typically repeats the final phrase, making a five-phrase tune. The high strain of the fiddle tune corresponds to the song, though it eliminates the repeated fourth phrase, and the low strain is a kind of arpeggiated filler.
-  Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Unnamed."
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Rendition: 2-1r-2
-  Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: That's a good tune. You did play that for me once--the first time I was here. I, and I really like that tune./HENRY REED: Yeah./ALAN JABBOUR: What's the name of it?
-  Recording chronology: 078
-  Duration: 41 seconds
Audio tape
Call Number
AFC 1967/007: AFS 13037A08
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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