Audio Recordings Old Dan Tucker
Emmett, Daniel Decatur
Jabbour, Karen Singer
- Old Dan Tucker
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- Jabbour, Karen Singer (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
- Emmett, Daniel Decatur, 1815-1904 (Composer)
- 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
- - Key: D
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2
- - Compass: 7
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Duration: 1 minute, 9 seconds
- - Strains: 2 (low-high, 2-2)
- - Phrase Structure: AB QB' (abcd qrsd)
- - Spoken: [before tune]/[Dog barks]/ALAN JABBOUR: [Laughs]/HENRY REED: Well, I don't know of anything but what I've played for you./ALAN JABBOUR: Well, you mentioned "Old Dan Tucker" while ago./HENRY REED: [Laughs]. Well, you know that./ALAN JABBOUR: I, I'd like to
- - Recording chronology: 156
- - Composed by Daniel Emmett, 1843
- - "Old Dan Tucker" appears on the American popular music scene in 1843, when it was published by Dan Emmett, an important performer on the minstrel stage. It is possible that all modern versions stem from the minstrel stage, but the tune has an African-American feel about it, particularly in its use of simple melodic material that is modified, expanded, and turned into a musically evolving tune. A nineteenth-century print version is included in Howe's School for the Violin (1851), p. 43. Twentieth-century sets include Fillmore, American Veteran Fifer #112; Ford, Traditional Music of America p. 55; Brown, The Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore vol. 5, 59-60 (#81); Ames, "The Missouri Play-Party," p. 309; Thede, The Fiddle Book, p. 74; and Ruth, Pioneer Western Folk Tunes, p. 15 ("Used for March for Dan Tucker Waltz"). It is widely played by Southern fiddlers--perhaps out of the mountains more than in them--and is associated with square dancing throughout the country.Alan Jabbour's conversation with Henry Reed before he played this tune reveals that he had caught the spirit of these recording sessions as an effort to collect all the tunes he knew.
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705B04
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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