Audio Recordings Sally Ann Johnson
- Sally Ann Johnson
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
- Reed, Gene, 1929-2012 (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, May 6, 1967
- Subject Headings
- - Instrumental music
- - Fiddle tunes
- - Folk music--Appalachian Region
- - Breakdowns
- - Reels
- - Guitar music
- - Ethnography
- - Music
- - Field recordings
- - United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
- Field recordings
- - Key: D
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-2)
- - Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2r-1r-2r-1r-2r-1
- - Compass: 10
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Performed by Gene Reed, guitar.
- - Phrase Structure: ABAC QB'QB' (abcd abc'e qrc'd qrc'd)
- - Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: That's a good one. Not a Sally Goodin, but uh, still a good one./HENRY REED: Yeah.
- - Recording chronology: 110
- - Related Tune(s): Freedom for Ireland
- - Related Tune(s): Nights of Gladness Quadrille
- - Related Tune(s): Banks of Inverness
- - Related Tune(s): Beaus of Oake Hill
- - Related Tune(s): The Beaux of Oak Hill Reel
- - Related Tune(s): The Two Sisters
- - Related Tune(s): Lonesome Katy
- - Related Tune(s): Old Ark A-Moving
- - Duration: 1 minute, 56 seconds
- - The name "Sally Ann Johnson" is sometimes associated with a tune in G in the Upper South, also known as "Katy Hill," but Henry Reed's "Sally Ann Johnson" in D is another tune that is widespread in British and American instrumental tradition. Irish variants appear with some regularity as "The Boys of Bluehill"; see O'Neill's Music of Ireland, #1700, Roche, Collection of Irish Airs, Marches, and Dance Tunes, vol. 3, 64 (#183). A related Irish piece is O'Neill's Music of Ireland #1815 "Freedom for Ireland"; Roche, vol. 3, 74 (#196) "Nights of Gladness Quadrille." Compare also "Banks of Inverness" (One Thousand Fiddle Tunes, p. 11, and other titles and versions). American variants include "Beaus of Oake Hill" in Howe, Musician's Companion (1844), vol. 3, p. 54; "The Beaux of Oak Hill Reel," One Thousand Fiddle Tunes p. 28; Knauff, Virginia Reels (1839), "The Two Sisters"; Ford, Traditional Music of America, p. 57, "Lonesome Katy." A cognate Blue Ridge tune is Taylor Kimble's "Old Ark A-Moving" (Blue Ridge Barn Dance, County 746).Many printed sets are cast as hornpipes with the characteristic three eighth notes ending each strain. Henry Reed's tune has the feel of an American breakdown, but its circular structure for the melody leading from the second strain back to the first is unusual.
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1969/008: AFS 13703B10
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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