Audio Recordings Betsy

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
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, November 26, 1966
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
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Key: A
-  Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
-  Compass: 10
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-1(pause)-1r-2r-1r-2
-  Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQC (abcd abef qrst qref)
-  Related Tune(s): Frosty Morning
-  Henry Reed played this tune on three occasions, suggesting that it occupied an important place in his repertory, and his comments suggested that it was a good dance tune. But no variant of it has been identified. It is one of a number of tunes unique to Henry Reed's repertory that are in A and have melodies with a distinctly minor cast, using a scale with lowered third (C) and seventh (G) degrees. The high strain, oscillating between a phrase centered on A and another centered on G, has a flow and phrasing somewhat similar to the high strain of Henry Reed's "Frosty Morning." In this performance, he introduced a major alteration to the high strain, leaping to a high C-sharp instead of B on the E-string.
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Duration: 1 minute, 35 seconds
-  Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Betsy...."
-  Spoken: HENRY REED: They used to play that for them to square dance./ALAN JABBOUR: What's the name of that?
-  Recording chronology: 080
Audio tape
Call Number
AFC 1967/007: AFS 13037A10
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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