Audio Recordings Over the Waterfall
Jabbour, Karen Singer
- Over the Waterfall
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- Jabbour, Karen Singer (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, July 17, 1967
- 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
- - Key: D
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-4)
- - Compass: 11
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Duration: 1 minute, 21 seconds
- - Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQ'S (abac abde qrsc qr'tu)
- - Related Tune(s): Chinchbug (Bedbug Has No Wings at All, But He Gets There Just the Same)
- - Rendition: 1-(pause)-r-2-1r-2r-1
- - Spoken: [beginning of tune]/ALAN JABBOUR: Well, go ahead. I'd like to hear it again./HENRY REED: [Laughs][after tune]/HENRY REED: I, I like that old piece, too./ALAN JABBOUR: I do too./HENRY REED: That's "Over the Waterfall."/ALAN JABBOUR: "Over the Waterfall."
- - Recording chronology: 140
- - Henry Reed distinctly calls this "Over the Waterfalls" on microphone on another occasion (AFS 13703b08), but he used the singular here, and that is how the fieldnotes from both of his performances record it. He said he learned it when he was a young boy from performers in a traveling show, Teets's Show (probably a circus or medicine show).The tune has a long history on both sides of the Atlantic as an instrumental tune. It is also used as a melody for the widespread British and American song "Eggs and Marrowbones" (see Laws, American Balladry from British Broadsides, Q2). This humorous song involves an old man pushing his old wife into the water, so the title "Over the Waterfall" may show a close link between the song and the instrumental tune. Fuller notes on the song and on other instrumental versions appear under "Mercian Tittery-Ary-A" in The Hammons Family (Library of Congress, AFS L65-66).The fiddle tune was recorded under this name (in the singular) by the Hollow Rock String Band (Kanawha 311). Through that recording, and in parallel radiation through live performances and tapes, Henry Reed's tune has been widely recirculated across the country, appearing now in the repertories of perhaps thousands of musicians. This is only the most dramatic example of the direct influence of Henry Reed's repertory on the old-time music revival in the later twentieth century. Henry Reed plays another tune, "Chinchbug," that has a similar first strain to "Over the Waterfall."
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705A45
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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