Audio Recordings Shortning Bread
Jabbour, Karen Singer
- Shortning Bread
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- Jabbour, Karen Singer (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, July 17, 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: G
- - Compass: 8
- - Strains: 2 (high-low, 2-2)
- - Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2r-1r-2r-1r-2r
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Duration: 1 minute, 7 seconds
- - Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: [Laughs]
- - Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Shortnin' Bread."
- - Phrase Structure: AB QR (abac qrq'c)
- - Recording chronology: 151
- - "Shortning Bread" emerged from Southern folk tradition into national popular music at some point at the beginning of the twentieth century. Modern print and recorded versions are widespread, but it is hard to document before the turn of the century. Henry Reed plays it on both harmonica (AFS 13705a48) and fiddle (here), and his version of the tune on both instruments ends the first phrase of each strain on the sixth degree, not the usual fifth.
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705A56
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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