Format Notated Music
Contributors Jabbour, Alan
Dates 1966
Location Giles County
Glen Lyn
United States
Virginia
Language English
Subjects Appalachian Region
Ethnography
Fiddle Tunes
Folk Music
Instrumental Music
Jigs
Notated Music
Sheet Music
Title
Irish Washerwoman [music transcription]
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Created / Published
[Between 1966 and 1968]
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Jigs
-  Ethnography
-  Sheet Music
-  Music score
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Genre
Ethnography
Sheet Music
Music score
Notes
-  Transcribed by Alan Jabbour, from a performance by Henry Reed.
-  Compass: 12
-  Key: G
-  Meter: 6/8
-  Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-1
-  Phrase Structure: ABAC QRSC' (abcd abc'e qrst uvc"e)
-  "Irish Washerwoman" is known in both the British Isles and North America, though in America it has achieved a sort of popular culture notoriety unknown in the British Isles. It first appears almost simultaneously in Scottish and Irish publications in the Old World and in American manuscript tune collections around 1800. Most nineteenth-century tunebooks include it, and it has been well-represented in twentieth-century books and recordings. It is not unknown in the South but seems more common elsewhere in the country, due possibly to the unfamiliarity of 6/8 time in the South. Henry Reed plays it more slowly than the normal pace for either jigs or quicksteps, and the tune has something of the appearance of a set piece rather than a dance tune in his repertory.
Medium
manuscript; 1 page
Call Number
AFC 1967/007: Notebook 2:64
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcreed.reedt021


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