Audio Recordings Ragged Bill
- 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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