Audio Recordings [Betsy]
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, May 6, 1967
- 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)
- - Rendition: 1r-2r-1
- - Compass: 9
- - Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQC (abcd abef qrst qref)
- - Related Tune(s): Frosty Morning
- - Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Unnamed."
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Henry Reed on one occasion said that this tune's title was something about Betsy. The Hollow Rock String Band took that as a cue and assigned it the simple title "Betsy," which is used here. He played it 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." On one occasion (AFS 13037a10) he introduced a major alteration to the high strain, leaping to a high C-sharp instead of B on the E-string.
- - Duration: 40 seconds
- - Stylistic features: Henry Reed's two other versions of this tune contain distinctive variations. On this one, the high strain does not jump to high C#.
- - Recording chronology: 103
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1969/008: AFS 13703B03
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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