Audio Recordings Chinchbug (Bedbug Has No Wings at All, But He Gets There Just the Same)

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jabbour, Alan
Reed, Gene
Reed, Henry
Dates 1967
Location Giles County
Glen Lyn
United States
Language English
Subjects Appalachian Region
Fiddle Tunes
Field Recordings
Folk Music
Guitar Music
Instrumental Music
Chinchbug (Bedbug Has No Wings at All, But He Gets There Just the Same)
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
-  Compass: 11
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2r-1
-  Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-2)
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Duration: 1 minute, 7 seconds
-  Performed by Gene Reed, guitar.
-  Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Chinchbug."
-  Phrase Structure: ABAC QC' (abac abdc qrdc)
-  Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: That's a good tune. I never heard that before./GENE REED: What do you call that?/HENRY REED: "Bedbug has no wings at all but he gets there just the same."/ALAN JABBOUR and HENRY REED: [Laugh]./ALAN JABBOUR: "Bedbug . . . . "/HENRY REED: "Bed
-  Recording chronology: 114
-  Related Tune(s): Over the Waterfall
-  Off microphone Henry Reed called this tune "Chinchbug." Its first strain is quite similar to the first strain of "Over the Waterfall." The second strain is different and has the feel of musical filler. The wordy title points to the existence of humorous verses associated with this tune, but none can be cited. The second performance of the tune (AFS 13703b15) is slower and unaccompanied. It is interesting to observe how the slower pace induces certain elaborations of the tune that are missing at the quicker pace.
Audio tape
Call Number
AFC 1969/008: AFS 13703B14
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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