Audio Recordings Sally Ann

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jabbour, Alan
Reed, Gene
Reed, Henry
Dates 1967
Location Giles County
Glen Lyn
United States
Language English
Subjects Appalachian Region
Fiddle Tunes
Field Recordings
Folk Music
Guitar Music
Instrumental Music
Sally Ann
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Reed, Gene, 1929-2012 (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
-  Guitar music
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Field recordings
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2
-  Key: A
-  Compass: 11
-  Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-2)
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Duration: 1 minute, 49 seconds
-  Performed by Gene Reed, guitar.
-  Phrase Structure: ABCD QD (abcd efgh ifgh)
-  Spoken: [before tune]/HENRY REED: That was one of them./ALAN JABBOUR: And the other one was what?/HENRY REED and OTHERS: [unintelligible].[middle of performance]/HENRY REED: I'm playing that in the wrong key./ALAN JABBOUR: What is that? I don't know that.[after t
-  Recording chronology: 123
-  "Sally Ann" is a popular tune in the Upper South, especially along the Blue Ridge and elsewhere in the Appalachians, but is hard to trace beyond its Southern distribution. And though everyone who plays it thinks of it as an old tune, it is hard to document beyond twentieth-century recordings. A set is published in Sharp, English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, vol. 2, 351, from Burnsville, North Carolina. The typical fiddle and banjo versions from along the Blue Ridge are set in the key of D, but Henry Reed, after beginning in D, concludes that he is in the wrong key and switches to A.Henry Reed learned this tune from George Will White, an African-American fiddler from Monroe County, West Virginia, about whom Henry Reed said that his only other piece was "Jenny Put the Kettle On."
Audio tape
Call Number
AFC 1969/008: AFS 13703B23
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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