Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jabbour, Alan
Reed, Henry
Reed, Watha
Dates 1966
Location Alabama
Giles County
Glen Lyn
United States
Virginia
Language English
Subjects Appalachian Region
Ethnography
Fiddle Tunes
Field Recordings
Folk Music
Guitar Music
Instrumental Music
Music
Ragtime Music
Title
Alabama Girls Give the Fiddler a Dram
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Reed, Watha (Performer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, November 26, 1966
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Ragtime music
-  Guitar music
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Alabama
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Genre
Ethnography
Music
Field recordings
Notes
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Key: G
-  Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
-  Rendition: 1r-2r
-  Compass: 10
-  Phrase Structure: ABCD QQRD (aabc ddef qrqr ssef)
-  Related Tune(s): Climbing up the Golden Stairs
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Performed by Watha Reed, guitar.
-  Recording chronology: 092
-  Duration: 27 seconds
-  Henry Reed did not name this tune when he first played it (AFS 13035b03), and the second time he called it "Alabama Girls Give the Fiddler a Dram." The tune is not widespread, but it has some distribution in Virginia and West Virginia. See for example the hillbilly record by Blue Ridge fiddler Kahle Brewer entitled "West Virginia Highway" (Victor 20237), and the set entitled "Ebenezer" played by West Virginian W. Franklin George on 31st Annual Old Fiddlers Convention, Galax, Virginia (Justice JLP 1002, 1966). The tune has the feel of a country rag; note in the first strain the implied shift from tonic to dominant at the end of the second phrase, then back to tonic at the end of the fourth phrase. It shares some melodic elements with the late nineteenth-century popular tune "Climbing up the Golden Stairs."
Medium
Audio tape
Call Number
AFC 1967/007: AFS 13037A22
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcreed.13037a22


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