Audio Recordings [Sandy River Belle]

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
[Sandy River Belle]
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: 12
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2
-  Key: G
-  Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQC (abac abde qrqs qrde)
-  Related Tune(s): Tugboat and Pineywoods
-  Henry Reed gave no name for this fine old tune. It was played along the Blue Ridge, and there was a 1928 hillbilly record of it with the name "Sandy River Belle," played by Blue Ridge fiddler Joseph "Dad" Blackard (Victor 21130). Modern Blue Ridge fiddler Buddy Pendleton, who learned it from Dad Blackard, his great-uncle, plays it on Virginia Breakdown (County 705). Another early recording was by Dad Massey and His Family, from near Roswell, New Mexico, as part of a medley called "Tugboat and Pineywoods." Oscar Wright of Princeton, West Virginia, also played it but called it "Stony Ridge Stomp." The title may be the name of a boat, for steamboats often bore names such as "Sandy River Belle."
-  Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Unnamed."
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Duration: 54 seconds
-  Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: [Laughs]/HENRY REED: I don't know when I've ever played that./ALAN JABBOUR: What's the name of it?
-  Recording chronology: 096
Audio tape
Call Number
AFC 1967/007: AFS 13037A26
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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