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Folding Down the Sheets

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  • Folding Down the Sheets


  • 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


  • -  Key: D
  • -  Meter: 4/4
  • -  Stylistic features: Slurs in bowing.
  • -  Strains: 2 (high-low, 2-2)
  • -  Rendition: 1r-2r-1'r-2r-1r-2r-1'r-2r-1r
  • -  Phrase Structure: AB QR alternating with A'B QR (abcd qrqs alternating with a'bcd qrqs)
  • -  Compass: 14
  • -  Related Tune(s): Republican Spirit
  • -  Related Tune(s): The Mackilmoyle
  • -  This tune is so musically singular that it would not be surprising to find that it was unique, but in fact another set with the same title is in the American Folklife Center's collections (AFS 10,894a), recorded in 1954 by Wyatt Insko from Floyd Burchett in Pike County, Kentucky. They are somewhat similar to an unusual reel that appears in Knauff's Virginia Reels (1839), vol. 1, #2, called "Republican Spirit," and in Canadian sets such as Messer, Way Down East Fiddlin' Tunes (1948), p. 9, #25 "The Mackilmoyle." A special feature of Henry Reed's set is the modified version of the first strain that alternates with the version he plays initially. He says he learned it from "Old Man Quince Dillion and John Dillion, and [fellow?] Falls, all of 'em played it."
  • -  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
  • -  Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Foldin' Down the Sheets."
  • -  Spoken: HENRY REED: See, that bass is bothering me.[after tune]/HENRY REED: [Laughs]/ALAN JABBOUR: Whoa, that's a good tune./WOMAN: Is this your cat . . . ?
  • -  Recording chronology: 006
  • -  Duration: 1 minute, 34 seconds


  • Audio tape

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1967/007: AFS 13034B34

Source Collection

  • Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Please cite the source collection title, collection number, and repository, for example:

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. Folding Down the Sheets. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio.

APA citation style:

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

MLA citation style:

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