Audio Recordings Old Molly Hare
- Old Molly Hare
- 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
- - Key: D
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Rendition: 1r-2r-1
- - Compass: 8
- - Strains: 2 (high-low, 2-2)
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Duration: 20 seconds
- - Phrase Structure: AB QB (abcd c'ecd)
- - Spoken: HENRY REED: Well, that's the thing./ALAN JABBOUR: That's it. That's "Old Molly Hare."/NETTIE REED: [unintelligible]
- - Recording chronology: 121
- - Related Tune(s): On the Road to Boston
- - Related Tune(s): Exhibition March No. 2
- - "Old Molly Hare" is the Southern branch of a tune well-known in both the British Isles and America. As is typical of Southern tune preferences, the strains in "Old Molly Hare" are arranged beginning with the high strain, while all other branches of this widespread tune normally begin with the low strain.Two sets appear in "Henry Beck's Flute Book ," entitled "Anson's Voyage" and "Farewell to Country Friends." The more common title in Irish collections and in American tunebook tradition is "The Fairy Dance." Typical sets are Joyce, Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (1909), #129; Robbins Collection of 200 Jigs, Reels, and Country Dances, #94 "Fairy Reel (Irish)"; Gill, Manx National Music (1898), p. 119; One Thousand Fiddle Tunes, p. 8; Ford, Traditional Music of America, p. 71. Sets with other titles include "Quick Scotch" in Fillmore, American Veteran Fifer, #6; "Jigg Cotillion" in Winner's Collection of Music for the Violin (1851), p. 5; "The Spider Dance Reel" in Bowman, The J. W. Pepper Collection #181. A related tune is the New England favorite "On the Road to Boston," for which see "A. Shattuck's Book [ca. 1801]," p. 34 (seconds to the melody); Fillmore, #56; Bayard, Hill Country Tunes, #19; Ford, p. 174 "Exhibition March No. 2." Versions of "Old Molly Hare" which seem to be either Southern or Southern-derived include Ford, p. 30; Brown, The Frank Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore vol. 5, 123 (#170); Wilkinson, "Virginia Dance Tunes," p. 5 "Old Molly Hyar."
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1969/008: AFS 13703B21
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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