Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jabbour, Alan
Reed, Henry
Dates 1967
Location Giles County
Glen Lyn
United States
Virginia
Language English
Subjects Appalachian Region
Breakdowns
Ethnography
Fiddle Tunes
Field Recordings
Folk Music
Instrumental Music
Music
Reels
Title
Such a Getting Upstairs
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, October 28, 1967
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Breakdowns
-  Reels
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Genre
Ethnography
Music
Field recordings
Notes
-  Key: D
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Compass: 8
-  Strains: 2 (high-low, 2-2)
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Such a Gettin' Upstairs."
-  Rendition: 2-(spoken)-1-2r-1r-2r-(spoken)
-  Phrase Structure: AB QR
-  Spoken: [before tune]/ALAN JABBOUR: Did you ever play "Such a Getting Upstairs"?/HENRY REED: Huh?/ALAN JABBOUR: Did you ever play "Such a Getting Upstairs"?/HENRY REED: [Laughs]. I don't know whether I . . . . [Plays fiddle] Is that it?/ALAN JABBOUR: I think that
-  Recording chronology: 175
-  Related Tune(s): This Old Man
-  Duration: 2 minutes, 30 seconds
-  Henry Reed says he used to hear George Terry play this piece, including a low "chorus" that Henry Reed could no longer remember. "Such a Getting Upstairs" is well-documented as a Virginia tune, appearing in Knauff's Virginia Reels, vol. 4, #4 "Sich a Gittin Up Stars: Varied" and in Wilkinson, "Virginia Dance Tunes," p. 4, played by James S. Chisholm of Greenwood, Virginia. Another nineteenth-century print set is Howe's School for the Violin, p. 43. The tune seems to be akin to a tune in children's song and play-party tradition ("This Old Man").
Medium
Audio tape
Call Number
AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705B23
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcreed.13705b23


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