Audio Recordings [High Yellow]

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jabbour, Alan
Reed, Henry
Dates 1967
Location Giles County
Glen Lyn
United States
Language English
Subjects Appalachian Region
Fiddle Tunes
Field Recordings
Folk Music
Instrumental Music
Ragtime Music
[High Yellow]
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, May 6, 1967
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
-  Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-4)
-  Key: C
-  Compass: 12
-  Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Unnamed."
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Duration: 1 minute, 32 seconds
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-(pause)-2r-1r-2r
-  Phrase Structure: ABCD QRST (aaab ccde qrst uvwx)
-  Stylistic features: Extends to high C on E-string.
-  Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: Could you play it once more? Because I didn't turn it on until right toward the end--I didn't get the tape recorder on./HENRY REED: [Laughs]/ALAN JABBOUR: I hate to make you do it more, I know.
-  Recording chronology: 105
-  This tune is of a class in the Upper South that seem to be touched by the idiom of ragtime without being derived from the world of popular music. They are perhaps evidence that ragtime developed as a country style parallel to--or even prior to--its development as a cosmopolitan popular style around the turn of the century. Henry Reed said that he learned this tune from a mulatto fiddler from Texas (on another occasion he suggested that this fiddler was from Cabell County, West Virginia), who also taught him the schottische-like "French Tune" (AFS 13033b10) that he played in his first recording session. The Hollow Rock String Band performed this tune under the title "High Yellow," which is adopted here for cross-referencing purposes, but Henry Reed gave no title for it.
Audio tape
Call Number
AFC 1969/008: AFS 13703B05
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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