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Ducks in the Pond

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  • Ducks in the Pond


  • 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, June 18, 1966


  • -  Instrumental music
  • -  Fiddle tunes
  • -  Folk music--Appalachian Region
  • -  Breakdowns
  • -  Reels
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Music
  • -  Field recordings
  • -  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn


  • Ethnography
  • Music
  • Field recordings


  • -  Meter: 4/4
  • -  Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-4)
  • -  Compass: 15 (11 plus low A)
  • -  Key: A
  • -  Rendition: tag-1r-2r-1r-2r-1r-2r-tag
  • -  Phrase Structure: ABA'C QRQ'C (abcd ab'ef qbrr qb'ef)
  • -  Stylistic features: Lively pace, slurs predominate in bowing. On a couple of occasions, he begins the second strain with the low first-finger E, not the even lower drone A. Note the failure to use the open G and D strings; he probably either learned this tune with the fiddle
  • -  Related Tune(s): Lady of the Lake
  • -  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
  • -  Spoken: HENRY REED: Is that the way they played it?/ALAN JABBOUR: More or less, not quite, though.
  • -  Recording chronology: 002
  • -  Duration: 1 minute, 44 seconds
  • -  This tune seems to be a variant of "Lady of the Lake," which is also a name used for a dance. Note the possible connection of "lake/pond" in the two titles. "Lady of the Lake" appears in Knauff's Virginia Reels (1839), vol. 3, #7, which seems to situate it firmly in early nineteenth-century Virginia tradition, and Winston Wilkinson recorded a version before 1936 from J. H. Chisholm of Greenwood, Virginia (see Wilkinson, "Virginia Dance Tunes," p. 10). Both these versions begin with the low strain, but Henry Reed's set recasts the tune with the high strain first, reflecting the widespread taste in the Appalachian South for instrumental tunes that begin with the high strain.Henry Reed's spoken comments refer to Oscar and Eugene Wright, whom Alan and Karen Jabbour had visited earlier. Oscar Wright had learned "Ducks in the Pond" from Henry Reed, and he played it at a slower pace with a slightly different second strain opening.


  • Audio tape

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1967/007: AFS 13034B30

Source Collection

  • Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1 (AFC 1967/007), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2 (AFC 1969/008), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Fiddle tunes of the old frontier: the Henry Reed collection online presentation (AFC 1999/016), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, Karen Singer Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Ducks in the Pond. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio.

APA citation style:

Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A., Jabbour, K. S. & Reed, H. (1966) Ducks in the Pond. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, et al. Ducks in the Pond. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.