Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jabbour, Alan
Reed, Henry
Dates 1966
Location Giles County
Glen Lyn
United States
Language English
Subjects Appalachian Region
Fiddle Tunes
Field Recordings
Folk Music
Instrumental Music
Ragtime Music
Ragged Bill
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, August 27, 1966
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Ragtime music
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Field recordings
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Key: C
-  Compass: 12
-  Strains: 2 (high-low, 8-8)
-  Rendition: 1-2-1-2-1-2
-  Phrase Structure: ABCD ABCE QRCD' SRTU (aa'bb'cde aa'bb'cdf qrstcde'u vrstwxy)
-  Stylistic features: Includes extended fourth finger to high C on E-string.
-  "Ragged Bill" is a turn-of-the-century ragtime composition that has gained a modest niche in Southern tradition. Henry Reed's set omits the implied beats in the phrase finals. Some of his children play the tune with an extra two beats in the last bar of the first phrase, thus making it like the last bar of the third phrase (e'u), and they claim that he used to include those extra beats himself. His performance is notable for using mostly separate bowstrokes in the first strain, giving the piece a rag-like quality quite different from his usual tunes. The second strain shifts to a different style, with more slurs and several repeated ragtime rhythmic figures.
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Recording chronology: 058
-  Duration: 1 minute, 41 seconds
Audio tape
Call Number
AFC 1967/007: AFS 13035B02
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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