Audio Recordings John Brown's a-Hanging on a Sour Apple Tree

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jabbour, Alan
Jabbour, Karen Singer
Reed, Henry
Dates 1967
Location Giles County
Glen Lyn
United States
Language English
Subjects Airs
Appalachian Region
Fiddle Tunes
Field Recordings
Folk Music
Instrumental Music
John Brown's a-Hanging on a Sour Apple Tree
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
-  Airs
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Field recordings
-  Key: D
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Compass: 9
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Rendition: 1-2-1
-  Duration: 40 seconds
-  Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "John Brown's a-Hangin' on a Sour Apple Tree."
-  Strains: 2 (middle-middle, 4-4)
-  Phrase Structure: ABAC A'B'A'C (abcd abef a'b'c'd' abef)
-  Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: [Laughs]/HENRY REED: You know that, don't you?/ALAN JABBOUR: Yeah, I don't know what you call it, though./HENRY REED: "John Brown's a-Hanging on a Sour Apple Tree" is what we always called it. What do you call it?/ALAN JABBOUR: That's it.
-  Recording chronology: 158
-  Henry Reed's air is evidence of the folksongs in circulation about John Brown that became the basis for Julia Ward Howe's patriotic hymn "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." His version implies a verse and refrain using essentially the same melodic material, as is the case with "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."
Audio tape
Call Number
AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705B06
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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